Waikato business incubator SODA Inc. will be relocating to Wintec House in the heart of Hamilton city, alongside the Waikato Chamber of Commerce this month.

The top floor of Wintec House, on the corner of Anglesea and Ward streets, is being converted into a co-working office for new and existing clients of SODA, the Waikato Chamber of Commerce, and Wintec Venues. SODA is a subsidiary of Wintec.

SODA chief executive Dr. Claire McGowan says she is looking forward to a new and central location to build SODA's operations.

"SODA's focus over the next two years is to scale up our world-class incubation services in order to grow $20 million-plus companies."

Wintec chief executive Mark Flowers says "Wintec and SODA will continue to work closely on exciting developments to boost and encourage business and economic growth. We championed the need for SODA many years ago, and it has grown from strength to strength helping businesses succeed. "

Waikato Chamber of Commerce chief executive William Durning is also excited about SODA's move.

"With our focus on inspiring, engaging and advocating for business and industry in the Waikato, the closer relationship with SODA Inc. we see as having not only benefits for our individual organisations, it also assists our region in its contribution to the success of New Zealand overall" says Durning.

SODA will be located in Level 2, Wintec House from Monday, 23 March 2014. SODA's previous location, inside The Meteor, will be taken over by the One Victoria Trust, which manages the Meteor theatre.

Wintec and SODA have gifted the original fit-out of SODA's offices to the One Victoria Trust.

"This is a positive step forward for Hamilton's creative community. We have big plans to have this place filled with creative people," says One Victoria Trust chairperson Dr William Farrimond.

- Waikato Times


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