Gore businesses were among those represented at last week’s National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
The event, which marked its 50th year, welcomed more than 140,000 visitors during the four days, from throughout primary industries, the construction sector and general consumers.
First Retail Group managing director Chris Wilkinson said businesses such as Digga, Webbline and AdvanceQuip – who all operated in the South – were well represented with large displays of the latest machinery.
“For AdvanceQuip, a specialist supplier to the earthmoving, civil construction and agricultural contracting markets, this was their largest stand yet at a Fieldays event,” Mr Wilkinson said.
Mr Wilkinson, who helped set up the GoRetail initiative, which is aimed at making Gore the most commercially resilient provincial town in the country, attended Fieldays.
“There are many Gore district-based businesses doing extremely well on the national and international stage. However, that scale is not always recognised locally,” he said.
was one of the reasons local businesses across many sectors are succeeding beyond this region.
“The greatest challenge is to provide the skills, infrastructure and connectivity so the Gore district can remain their base, no matter how big or diverse they become.”
Gore District Council’s Ready for Growth strategy is keenly focused on giving local businesses the right platform to build from, ensuring their roots remain here by ensuring scalability, people resources and an economic and regulatory climate that supports success.
AdvanceQuip marketing manager Paul Forrest, who is based in Gore, said the recent trip to Mystery Creek was extremely busy.
“There is lots of follow-up to do,” Mr Forrest said.
While the Gore district was the company’s key area, it had branches in northern centres, he said.
“Fieldays gets us prospects from all around the country,” he said.
Digga sales manager Dean Hewlett said the company’s stall went well, but was maybe slightly quieter than the previous year.
Mr Hewlett said the company had to sort out where inquiries were from before following them up, so was unsure how many were from the South.