Events and Webinars

Events and Webinars

Check out these awesome events and webinars that are on offer to help you and your business.
Check back soon for more events as this is updated regularly.

 

  • Wed 2 Sep 6:45am
    Inspire: A chat with Russell Alexander
    Waikato Chamber of Commerce
    Join us for the August Inspire event of 2020. The first Wednesday of every month, Inspire brings a new inspirational speaker to share their story and connect like-minded people.
Useful Links for Business

Useful Links for Business

Check out this list of useful links for businesses. Check back soon as we update this information regularly.

 

 

 

 

  • Ministry for Social Development
    MSD are the sole agency responsible for paying the wage subsidy and all superannuation and job seeker benefits.
    For general enquiries call 0800 559 009
    To contact the Ministry with wage subsidy queries, the number is 0800 40 80 40.
    If you are a superannuitant and require extra financial assistance at this difficult time, please call MSD on 0800 552 002.

 

  • Legal issues around employment contracts and Covid-19
    Contact your local Community Law centre for advice with employment contracts. In the Tauranga area it’s Baywide Community Law.  
    Here and here are some questions and answers on the subject of jobs at this time.
    To access the wage subsidy employers must sign this declaration.

 

 

  • Mental Health Helpline
    Call or text 1737 any time of the day or night.

 

 

 

 

 

  • ACC to delay invoicing
    Today ACC announced they will give firms more time and flexibility in making their levy payments this year. Invoices for the 2020/21 financial year would usually be sent from 1 July 2020 but will now be issued in October 2020. Other invoices issued throughout the year will also be on hold for three months. Payment options will be available once invoices are released. The changes add to the support ACC already has in place, for more see the ACC COVID-19 information for businesses page.

 

  • Treasury Weekly Economic Dashboard
    Treasury today has released its first COVID-19 Economic Dashboard, with a range of data to monitor the economy is doing with COVID-19. The Dashboard will be released every Friday – find it here.

 

  • Apprenticeship Support Programme 
    The Apprenticeship Support Programme is a cross-agency government response to help employers retain and bring on new apprentices, including Mana in Mahi participants, while dealing with the effects of COVID-19. Employers and businesses will be able to access support from either Apprenticeship Boost, Mana in Mahi, or the Regional Apprenticeships Initiative. The Group Training Schemes which some employers are part of will also receive additional support. This will be available from August 2020. Click here to read more. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Online platform to encourage Transtasman Trade
    The Auckland Business Chamber and Australian Business Chambers have teamed up to offer businesses on both sides of the Tasman a gateway into doing business with a fellow trusted Chamber qualified business.
    Join TransTasmanTrade.com and find a Chamber qualified business from both sides of the Tasman. You’ll also have Chamber support and expertise to help your business grow in these markets.
    Please note, this service is free for the first 12 months before the paid subscription starts.

 

 

 

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
 
Follow here to read more.
Rotorua Business Chamber Update

Rotorua Business Chamber Update

What you can do this week

ACTION PLAN FOR BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY COVID-19

  • 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