COVID-19 Update from the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce

27.05.2020 - Coming to your Front Room webinar, Tim Costley - view here.

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

 

 

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 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

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Latest COVID-19 Kāpiti Chamber Media Releases

Media-Release-COVID-19-Alert-Level-Increase-Advice-for-Kapiti-Businesses-.pdf

Media-Release-Kapiti-Businesses-Urged-to-Plan-A-Staged-Recovery-from-COVID-19-.pdf