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Hamilton: A City Ripe for Business

Small business is booming in New Zealand, with increased confidence in the economy clearly evident. When surveyed in 2017, 71% of the country’s small business operators expected strong continuing growth – a figure which outperforms Australia and Singapore.

It is a confidence that can be palpably felt by business owners in the city of Hamilton, New Zealand’s fourth biggest city in terms of population and one of its fastest growing areas.

Famed for its thriving gourmet food scene and fun nightlife, Hamilton is a regional hub for a range of popular tourist locations, including Tauranga, New Plymouth, Rotorua and Taupo. It is in a prime location, only 1 hour and 6 minutes drive from Auckland.

Hamilton’s stunning and convenient positioning make it a great place to open a café business – as does the affordability of local housing in comparison to the capital cities. It is an extremely liveable city, with a central precinct packed with cafés, restaurants and bars.

Centre Place Mall is located on Victoria Street in Hamilton and has become a hub for Hamilton locals and visitors alike. One of the city’s leading retail destinations, Centre Place is anchored by Farmers, plus more than 27 other specialty stores which take up over 12,000 sqm of space.

For those interested in opening a café business in Hamilton, a new Jamaica Blue site is being developed in Centre Place Mall, due to be fitted out by mid-November 2017.

Jamaica Blue is one of Australasia’s most successful food retail franchises. With over 126 cafés established in Australia, the franchise now has eight stores across New Zealand. Their winning formula is underpinned by a belief in using only the freshest local ingredients and delicious, award-winning coffee. Jamaica Blue also offers comprehensive training to all of their franchisees, ensuring they are equipped with the fundamental skills to run a successful café business.

If you’re looking to open and run your own café in Hamilton, enquire today to get started!