Jigsaw/Business Expo Newsletter September 2020

Jigsaw/Business Expo Newsletter September 2020

In our September edition of the newsletter:

  • Pop-Up Business Expos
  • Photos from our Rotorua Event
  • Video Conferencing Tips and Tricks
  • Exhibit at the Premium Business Expo
  • New payment options available
  • 5 Reasons Why Businesses Should Exhibit
  • Online Webinars and Useful Links
  • Advertise in our Newsletter

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Bringing People Together

Bringing People Together

Article as featured in Waikato Business News – 6th July 2020

As well as being the organisers of the Bay of Plenty Business Expo, the Waikato Business Expo, and the smaller locally based Pop-Up Business Expos, Jigsaw Solutions Group use their event management expertise to organise bespoke premier events for your business, your team and your clients.  This could include an elegant but simple client party, a team celebration or team building event, right through to a large-scale dinner or trade show.  Jigsaw can also help you find a motivational or inspirational speaker who is the right fit for your special event.

Jigsaw are pleased to announce that the Waikato Business Expo is coming back and has been rescheduled to 24 March 2021 with the theme:

re:START  | jump:START |  kick:START

What became apparent through lock-down is that while many businesses were able to continue to operate and do business from a distance, many could not. It also became clear that our need for human interaction and being able to connect face to face is so fundamentally important. In person communication beats cold calling and video conferencing any time!

With our borders not looking likely to open for quite some time yet, businesses are turning their focus to generating business locally, regionally and nationally.  While a lot of businesses have been able to continue operating through c-19, there are equally as many businesses who have had to rethink what their future holds and what their offer is going forward.  Some businesses have already been able to pivot and have new products or services on offer, while others are still working through that process.

The common factor that keeps being highlighted is that more than ever, businesses are finding that they need to get known or re-known by casting their marketing nets to a wider catchment than where they may previously have been focussed.  Businesses are looking for ways to connect, to do business in person and to boost their marketing exposure.

The Business Expo provides an excellent platform for businesses to reconnect and to help you grow your business, create opportunities, generate leads, uncover solutions in a face to face environment.  The Business Expo is helping drive NZ Inc’s growth and recovery, connecting you with clients, prospects and suppliers who may be right on your doorstep, as well as others from across the country. You can be part of this exciting event and help support other businesses too.

During the Business Expo at Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand, Wednesday 11 September 2019. Photo: Stephen Barker / Barker Photography ©Copyright Photo: Jigsaw Solutions Group Limited and Business Expo

During the Business Expo at Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand, Wednesday 11 September 2019. Photo: Stephen Barker / Barker Photography ©Copyright Photo: Jigsaw Solutions Group Limited and Business Expo












Business Expo Newsletter May 2020

Business Expo Newsletter May 2020

In our May edition of the Business Expo Newsletter:
• An Attitude of Gratitude
• Exhibit at the Business Expo
• Join These Awesome Businesses at the Expo
• Let’s Not Talk Ourselves into a Coronavirus Depression
• Webinars and Useful Links
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Rotorua Business Chamber Update

Rotorua Business Chamber Update

What you can do this week


  • Contact your bank manager for possible assistance or relief. Ensure that the companies own financing (if any) remains viable in the current situation.
  • Revisit your variable costs.
  • Cancel non-essential subscriptions etc.
  • Consider contacting suppliers and negotiating to extend payables.
  • Reach out to all creditors and debtors.
  • Negotiate rent reduction with your landlord.
  • Apply for COVID- 19 Government Wage Subsidy here.

Undertake financial scenario planning and cash flow projections.

    •  What revenue can I expect in? What bills do I need to pay? These scenarios will help with forward planning.
    • As times are uncertain, it is suggested you prepare 3 scenarios: conservative best case, likely and worst-case scenarios.  How long will the business survive in each scenario?
    • (You can use this handy template)

Create an action plan for each scenario.

    • Consider how many staff you need to keep on – and what will they do
    • If you need to start restructuring or reducing hours, how and when will you do this
    • Do you need to halt production of certain products or reduce services?
    • Consider the following areas: People & Productivity, Customers & Marketing,  Operations & Processes
    • Create a list of priorities and key tasks. Who is going to do what, and when do they need to do it by?

Apply for free professional advice. Under a new NZTE scheme, up to $5,000, fully funded business coaching and professional support are available from approved accountants, lawyers and HR professionals will shortly be available for Rotorua businesses who are GST registered.

Have employment questions? Contact EMA’s (Employer and Manufacturers Association) free helpline for employment advice (specifically aimed at employers) Phone 0800 300 362.

Consider reducing guaranteed work hours as an alternative to redundancy.

    • Many employment contracts state you must pay you, employees, 40 hours. Given the uncertainty around the timeframe of the non-essential business closure and the difficult financial environment when we get back to work, reducing your future legal requirements to employees ( ie: guaranteeing staff a minimum of 35 or 30 hours a week – instead of 40 ) may potentially help you to reduce redundancies and provide staff with income certainty for longer.


Source: Rotorua Business Chamber