COVID-19 Update from the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce

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Kāpiti Businesses Optimistic for Level One

Kāpiti, 16 June 2020 - Only 35% ofKāpiti’s local businesses were able to operate in Level 2 fully, but the local economy is optimistic about the next 12 months as it begins to recover from COVID-19.  

The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce surveyed members in May 2020 to assess the impacts of Levels 3 and 2. While both were challenging, 41% of local businesses surveyed are confident their business situation will be better, or substantially better, over the next 12 months.  

Jacinda Thorn, Chair of the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce, wants people to keep up their support of buying local with life returning to normal, and more people heading back into the office  

“While local spending was up 15% during Level 2, more people are commuting again, so we need to double down our efforts on choosing local first. We may experience an increase in spending in the early phase of Level 1, but all signs are pointing to tougher times over the coming months,” says Jacinda Thorn.  

18% of Kapiti businesses surveyed were likely to use the extended wage subsidy. 44.54% said they would like to see some of the $20 million government support budget allocated to support small businesses.  Workforce size expectations over the next 12 months were encouraging with 25% likely to be larger than pre-COVID, 48.5% the same. 18% of respondents said they are likely to increase investment in their business over the next 12 months.  

Businesses have also identified several challenges over the coming months.  

“Our survey shows they’re concerned about finance (31%), consumer behaviour (20%), compliance (14%), and staffing issues (11%).  Businesses will also look to reduce costs where possible, potentially introduce a wage freeze, and promote the benefits of their products and services more in the current climate.  

“It’s still very much early days, and we encourage flexibility as we begin our recovery. I want to encourage everyone in our business community to continue to do all we can to help as many businesses as possible during our recovery,” says Jacinda Thorn.  

The next survey will take place in August and will focus on the upcoming election.  

The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce exists to advance the economy by creating wealth and employment and solve local business issues by providing a collective voice for business in Kāpiti. Over 300 members in Kāpiti belong to the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce to stay connected, network and gain knowledge and support from our local membership.

 

Businesses Urged to Maintain Flexible Working in post-COVID World

Kāpiti, 9 June 2020

Businesses are urged to implement permanent flexible working initiatives, as New Zealand begins its recovery from COVID-19 and moves into Level One.  

Jacinda Thorn, Chair of The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce is urging decision-makers, Government Departments and businesses to use the learnings from the last two months and consider flexible working the norm, and not the exception.  

“I was very disappointed to see comments from Grant Robertson, the Finance Minister, that the ‘office environment boosted productivity’.  Where practicable, people have remained productive and continue working since Lockdown began - they’re still connected, creating and producing, instead they’re doing it from home.  

“One of the few silver linings to emerge from the Lockdown and the associated economic impacts is the fresh thinking about what our workplaces look like and how they function.  I’ve spoken to a number of businesses, workers and owners who have all appreciated the opportunity to give flexible working a go - and most importantly it’s working,” says Jacinda Thorn.  

Dot Loves Data last week revealed retail spending was up 15% in Kāpiti in the early stages of Level 2, spurred on by more people working at home. 

“Everyday thousands of people leave Kāpiti to work in Wellington, where they spend money on coffee, lunch and shopping. If more people work at home, they will spend more locally; cushioning our economy as the true impacts of COVID-19 begin to be felt. We will also reduce pressure on our already congested roads and train networks, commuters lose hundreds of hours every year battling traffic jams and contending with train delays.  

“Of course, this may not be physically possible for all businesses, but for those who can implement, we’re urging them to do so, and embrace New Zealand’s new normal. Now is the best time we’ve ever had to do it,” says Jacinda Thorn.  

The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce exists to advance the economy by creating wealth and employment and solve local business issues by providing a collective voice for business in Kāpiti. Over 300 members in Kāpiti belong to the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce to stay connected, network and gain knowledge and support from our local membership.

 

 

Survey Reveals Level 2 Critical for Kāpiti Businesses  (PDF Graphs)

Kāpiti, 13 May 2020 - Kāpiti’s local economy was heavily impacted by the Covid-19 Lockdown, and only 25% of businesses able to operate fully in Level 3.  As New Zealand enters Level 2, the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce is encouraging the local community to get behind local businesses and support them during this crucial time.  

The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce surveyed members last week on the operational impact of Covid-19 Level 3 as part of a nationwide Chamber survey to create a national picture of the effects of the virus.  

Jacinda Thorn, Chair of the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce, says while many people will be feeling a sense of relief as Level 2 begins, it will be hard work for many businesses to get back up and running again, especially with new rules and restrictions in place.  

“In just seven weeks our economy looks completely different, and the way we run our businesses has changed forever.  

“While 23% of Kāpiti businesses who responded to our survey could operate at 75% of previous levels, 30% operated at less than 25% of what they were able to before Covid-19. Interestingly, two-thirds have capacity to operate their business online - for the third that don’t, this indicates a need for immediate contingency planning,” says Jacinda Thorn.  

Commercial rents will be pivotal in ensuring whether or not many of our businesses make it through the remainder of 2020. The Chamber survey revealed 36% of businesses had been offered a discount from their landlord during the lockdown.  

“This is encouraging to see, and while this flexibility is reassuring in the short term, we need this support to continue as we begin our recovery. I want to encourage everyone in our business community to continue to do all we can to help as many businesses as possible make it through,” says Jacinda Thorn.  

The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce exists to advance the economy by creating wealth and employment and solve local business issues by providing a collective voice for business in Kāpiti. Over 300 members in Kāpiti belong to the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce to stay connected, network and gain knowledge and support from our local membership.

 

PDF of Graphs

 

 Member Survey Results April 2020 1

Member Survey Results April 2020 2

 

Member Survey Results April 2020 3

 

 

Kāpiti Businesses Urged to Plan A Staged Recovery from COVID-19

Kāpiti, 8 April 2020 - Economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will occur in stages, and Kāpiti businesses are encouraged to begin planning their response as the country moves from Alert Level 4.

Brad Olsen, Infometrics Economist, has provided new advice on the Kāpiti economy and how it’s placed to respond to COVID-19. Jacinda Thorn, Chair of the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce, expects it will take time for businesses to adjust to the ‘new normal’ when New Zealand exits Level 4 restrictions.

“The retail, construction and hospitality sectors are crucial to Kāpiti, and these businesses will need to pivot and adjust quickly to operating under the Alert system - for example Level 3 will also mean significant restrictions.

“While we don’t know how long we will be under the Alert Level system for, businesses can start anticipating and planning now for what they need to do to keep the lights on, as we navigate the longer-term impacts of the pandemic,” says Jacinda Thorn.

A Business Confidence Survey held just before the Level 4 Lockdown has revealed gaps in contingency planning within local businesses.

“While 64% of businesses report contingency plans 28% had none. It’s at times like these we understand how important this work is. In just a few weeks, the way we’ve always done business has changed significantly. I also want to encourage all of our businesses to include this as part of their response to the Alert Levels.

The Chamber welcomes reflections from Brad Olsen that Kāpiti is resilient, and has room to innovate.

“With so many of us working from home, it’s removing barriers which may have stopped businesses doing this before. There is much we can observe and learn - and use - over the coming weeks to help shift our economy to meet the needs of our new reality. We look forward to helping our business community do this,” says Jacinda Thorn.
The next Kāpiti Business Confidence survey will take place in May.
The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce exists to advance the economy by creating wealth and employment and solve local business issues by providing a collective voice for business in Kāpiti. Over 300 members in Kāpiti belong to the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce to stay connected, network and gain knowledge and support from our local membership. 

 

Latest News and Resources

  • Infometrics webinar focused on the economic effects of COVID-19 on the Kāpiti District.
  • WellingtonNZ for business support information and webinars
  • Easter Trading guidance for essential businesses during Alert Level 4
  • Kāpiti Coast District Council for all Kāpiti specific information relating to COVID-19 
  • Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce website with information and links to previous emails and the latest media releases.
  • kapiticoastnz.com for COVID-19 business support information and #lovelocal #lovekapiti
  • business.govt.nz latest updates include the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme and modifications to the wage subsidy (including case studies)
  • Kāpiti Creative Industries connects and supports creative people.
  • NZ Coronavirus Discussion Group is a Facebook forum to discuss the effects of coronavirus on your business and share ideas, strategies and approaches on how to minimise the impacts.
  • Go with Tourism support for tourism operators
  • Bed & Breakfast Association 
  • BusinessNZ Network is supporting businesses and operating a nationwide Advice Line that is available to all businesses. Please call 0800 800 362

  • Wellington Chamber of Commerce helpline is available to Kāpiti members also, 0800 800 362, use code WGTNNZ
  • The full list of“essential business” can be found here

 

 

Coming to your front room

Webinars for our local business community - Coming To Your Front Room

Please see our latest event listings for our upcoming webinar series.

Previous recordings of webinars:

Coming to your Front Room - Kiwibank Zoom webinar

Coming to your Front Room -  Kāpiti Law & Bayleys Commercial

Coming to your Front Room - Wakefields Lawyers

Coming to your Front Room - GTB IT Solutions

Coming to your Front Room, Annie Romanos - download the workshop notes here - Co-working-sessions-cliffnotes.pdf

13.05.2020 - Coming to your Front Room - Jo Williamson, Golden Goose Foods - Howler Hotdogs - Business resilience

20.05.2020 - Coming to your Front Room, Sally Duxfield, Makahika, Digital overload - session notes can be found here....

DOPE-communication-PERSONALITY-self-assessment-2020.docx

Body-chemicals-Interesting-facts-Sally-Duxfield-2020.docx

Digital-overload-1.pptx

03.06.2020 - Coming to your Front Room - Anna Colville-Smith, ACS Marketing - Strategic Marketing webinar

10.06.2020 - Coming to your Front Room - Kerene Strochnetter, Mindful at Work - Mindfulness webinar

17.06.2020 - Coming to your Front Room - Liz Koh, Moneymax - maintaining & growing personal wealth

24.06.2020 - Coming to your Front Room - Tracey Jones, Tracey Jones Insurance Excellence

01.07.2020 - Coming to your Front Room, Julene Hope, Bright Spot Consulting - Considering a Career Change

08.07.2020 - Coming to your Front Room, Electra Business & Innovation Awards, taking your business to the next level

15.07.2020 - Coming to your Front Room, Lizz Santos, Cut the Mustard

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