Wesgro expands capacity to be more responsive to Corporate Cape Town
To maximise and harness this growth potential, Wesgro is undertaking a strategic review of their Business Growth Services unit to gear towards better aftercare for existing businesses in the province.
Assisting the unit to identify and establish best practice in investment aftercare, Wesgro has partnered with students from the Executive Master’s in Leadership program at The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in the United States. The students have been working with the unit, and today delivered a presentation on recommendations for the unit going forward.
“Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business greatly values our partnership with Wesgro. Our collaboration combines the wisdom and experience of Wesgro’s seasoned professionals with the research and creative abilities of our students to provide unique solutions for Cape businesses. We look forward to building and strengthening this partnership in the coming years. Georgetown is keenly interested in participating as an academic partner in the economic growth and prosperity of South Africa. We thank Wesgro for opening their doors and warmly welcoming us to the Cape,” said Professor Michael McDermott.
In the past 2016/17 Financial Year, Wesgro’s Investment unit recorded R1.14 billion through expansion projects, compared to R987 million attributed to new investments. These figures stress the importance of enhancing Wesgro's capacity to retain and nurture existing investments to further boost the economy.
“The importance of investment aftercare is often over-looked, especially locally,” comments Lindokuhle Ntanti, Head of Wesgro’s Investment Business Growth Services. “Our unit's commitment to reimagining and redefining our aftercare programme shows our dedication to current investors in our ambit of facilitation and advocacy, and will hopefully attract other corporates who have not yet made use of our full set of services.”
Welcoming the new strategic direction of the unit, Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris, said: “We are excited about our partnership with Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and thank the students involved for their analysis and recommendation presented today that will help the unit to head in a new strategic direction. In addition, we are pleased that Professor McDermott is interested in collaborating with us on a bi-annual basis and also urge local tertiary institutions looking to partner on research to get in touch with our Business Growth Services team."
Wesgro’s head of investment, James Milne, added: “It is important to acknowledge the unique position within which Wesgro finds itself, as a conduit for Local, Provincial, National and International Governments and Businesses to communicate and transact with each other. The organization’s value proposition and indeed that of Business Retention and Expansion are derived from this unique selling point. Redefining the strategy of Business Growth Services has been an exciting journey undertaken by the team over many months. We believe that Lindokuhle and his team are well positioned to deliver the best aftercare services on the continent, and we look forward to their impact in growing local businesses to support economic growth and job creation.”
Issued by Wesgro Media Team, 17 August 2018