Kiambu business community has called for the segmentation of businesses so as to attract more customers, ease congestion in towns, boost their income as well as tame confusion of shoppers.
Speaking during the launch of the Kenya Chamber of Commerce Thika chapter, Kiambu County chairman Richard Ndung’u said that shoppers go to places where varieties of products they are looking for are located and don’t want to hop from one street to another searching.
Ndung’u said that when you tour the big cities in the world you find businesses segmented according to the goods or services on offer.
“Back in the days when you wanted to shop for electronics in Nairobi you went to Luthuli Avenue, we want to replicate this in our County to create a simple, conducive business environment for the benefit of both the shoppers and entrepreneurs,’’ said Ndung’u
“We want Kiambu County to be a model state in matters business, we want to have a street for the banking industry, one for textiles, electronics, furniture, hospitality and so forth which will bring order and ease of doing business,” explained Ndung’u.
The chairman stated the need to streamline the business industry to arrest hawker’s mess that has disorganized business operations in most Kiambu County towns.
He singled out Thika town where businesspeople have lodged complaints over hawkers who have messed their businesses by operating outside their premises scaring away buyers.
‘‘As the governor was campaigning, he vowed to push for the interest of SME’s who include hawkers. With the increased hawking activity, we will engage the Waititu to ensure that business stalls are constructed and hawking given space in designated places without interrupting other businesses,’’ he said.
He called on young and veteran entrepreneurs to join Chamber of Commerce noting that their interests were best lobbied when they united and created a common front.