Justin Heaven will staff the Warwick Economic Development Unit on Wednesdays.
Justin Heaven will staff the Warwick Economic Development Unit on Wednesdays. Shannon Newley

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THE Warwick Economic Develop Unit (EDU) is open for business again and economic development officer (EDO) Justin Heaven wants businesses to know his door is always open - well on Wednesdays anyway.

While based in Stanthorpe most of the time, Mr Heaven said he would staff the Warwick office one day a week until the position was filled.

The office - in the Town Hall - will open from 8am-5pm and he encouraged business owners to make an appointment or simply stop by and introduce themselves.

Some of the things the EDU offers businesses includes helping to facilitate practical workshops like an upcoming one being held by the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.

"Mentoring for growth program delivered by DEEDI is essentially like having your own personal board of directors for an intense, one-hour brainstorming session," he said.

"The program is aimed at business operators who have been experiencing not only growth but also difficulty in running their business with the mentoring session aimed at providing some potential ideas to fix a particular problem," he said.

"At this stage the mentoring for growth program will be run on Wednesday, February 29, in Warwick with the opportunity for three businesses to take part, although if there is enough interest further programs could be organised at a later date."

The Warwick EDO position was left unfilled after previous officer John Randall was dismissed and Mr Heaven was appointed as the Stanthorpe EDO while Sarah Reeves was on maternity leave.

A council spokeswoman said they would advertise for the Warwick position this month.

For a Warwick appointment, call 4661 7332 on Wednesdays or 4681 5528 other days.


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