Commercial Business Opportunities
There will be a significant number of new business opportunities that arise from the Trail and the Trust are committed to ensure these are locally scoped and driven. Platinum Partners will be the official group of approved trail support/providers. Partners will pay an annual membership fee and, in return, will have a featured position on the Trail website. Partners can use the Platinum Partners shield in their advertising and marketing and agree to meet prescribed customer service and ethics standards.
As part of the Platinum Partners network, existing businesses and people wishing to start new ventures will be provided with a range of support services. Platinum Partners would have access to:
- customer service training and support
- start-up funding
- business training
- business mentoring
- preferential supplier via web
- fair trading protection
The Trust is clear that the Kawatiri Coastal Trail needs to be financially sustainable and has a philosophy that states that those who directly benefit financially from the Trail should contribute a small percentage of that financial benefit towards the ongoing maintenance and success of the trail.
The sustainability wheel is the Trust’s approach to secure sustained funds for the maintenance of, and operating costs associated with, the Kawatiri Coastal Trail.