Tuakau business owner Baron Collocott is 'in shock' that he has won an iPad Pro package valued at over $1900 in a business promotion.

The promotion was run by Open Waikato, the Waikato District Council's economic develoment team.

Mr Collocott took advantage of a free business advisory service at the Council’s Tuakau office during an opening promotion which ran from 1 September to 31 October. The new service was established in partnership with Waikato Innovation Park, and offers support for start-ups plus advice on business expansion, export market development, business mentoring, research and development funding and product development.

The Council’s Economic Development Manager, Clive Morgan, says, “The Waikato Innovation Park business growth service is aimed at helping small to medium business owners take their businesses to the next level through various business support programmes.

“We’re very happy that the iPad Pro package has gone to a start-up business owner to help him on his business development journey.”

Mr Collocott says, “I chose to use the Tuakau service because as a small business owner striving to get ahead it helps to receive advice from those who have gone before you. I approached Open Waikato and met with Waikato Innovation Park business growth advisor Peter Davey who explained how they could assist with mentoring, business capacity planning and possible funding options.”

“I think it’s important to know that the resources are available. When you’re a small business owner, you have to be motivated to seize the opportunities.”

Mr Collocott’s business, Unseen Perspective (www.unseenperspective.co.nz), specialises in aerial drone video and photography, including wildlife and scenic photography, real estate and commercial projects. The company is licensed to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and “Wings” qualified through Model Flying New Zealand (MFNZ).

To date 11 businesses have taken advantage of the new service at the Council’s Tuakau office, and six of these have progressed with specific support programmes.

New appointments can be made by visiting the Council’s Tuakau office at 2 Dominion Rd during office hours, by emailing info@openwaikato.co.nz, or by calling Open Waikato’s freephone 0800 252 626.

Image (left to right): Clive Morgan -Economic Develoment Manager, Open Waikato, Baron Collocott - Unseen Perspective and Peter Davey - Business Growth Advisor, Waikato Innovation Park

Unseen Perspective

Unseen Perspective

Unseen perspective specialises in aerial photography and videography using the latest and most advanced technology in remote controlled multi-rotor design, the DJI Inspire 1.

This extremely stable and powerful flying platform has an onboard mini computer and GPS unit for precise and safe handling including return to home functionality

Unseen Perspective is registered with the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and "Wings" qualified through MFNZ. They have also obtained Civil Aviation Part 102 drone operator license through a FlyUAV training course. This qualification allows flying within areas such as Auckland city, which has four aerodromes and a blanket requirement for drone operators to hold a Part 102 license. Unseen Perspective is available to tender for jobs that require this additional license.

Unseen Perspective strives for quality and safety in a growing industry. They have a specifically designed insurance to fly a drone covering Public Liability as well as Hull Insurance (for the aircraft whilst it's flying).

For more information about Unseen Perspective, visit their website.

Waikato Innovation Park

Book now for free Business Advice by emailing info@openwaikato.co.nz or by phoning 0800 252 626.


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