Published: Monday 30 August 2021

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At the time of writing this piece, all of Aotearoa was still waiting to hear the fate of the nation – when will our Covid-19 alert level change?

While being grateful for the enviable lifestyle we have enjoyed through the last 18 months, one cannot help wondering how we went from being ahead of the game to being laggards in getting vaccinated. Most family and friends I speak to in different countries have had two jabs and are even contemplating a third! Several are able to self-check for the COVID-19 virus using a testing strip. I wonder why we can’t learn from best practices as they evolve.  

We have protected lives from catching the virus better than most others. However, we also have to protect the livelihood of business owners and their employees. We have to protect their wellbeing. Businesses haven’t just been crippled during lockdowns, many have been destroyed. Just look at the airline industry, cruise lines, travel agencies, accommodation providers and hospitality.

Yes, financial assistance from the government is helpful. It’s like a small band-aid strip on a gaping wound. It will temporarily reduce the bleeding to a small extent. Removal of lockdowns will help the wound heal. Government and business have to work closer together to make this happen.

Young Enterprise Scheme Success

On a more positive note, our congratulations to Abbie Wood from Sacred Heart Girls’ College. Her Young Enterprise Scheme business - The Together Collective was recognised on a national level for two awards - Validation and Promotion. Abbie’s “out of the box thinking” won her these accolades from amongst 4,700 students taking part in Young Enterprise this year, with over 1000 real-life businesses created between them. The Taranaki Chamber of Commerce partners with the Young Enterprise Trust to facilitate the scheme in our region and is assisted by Key Partner Massey University, Key Funder Toi Foundation and many other sponsors.

TSB Business Excellence Awards

Entries have now closed for the 2021 awards with judging about to start next week. We have received a large number of entries across all 16 categories. Tickets to the Gala Awards Evening on Saturday 30 October will go on sale in a couple of weeks.

August Highlights
  • A superb level of hosting (and lighting) was displayed by Mr Ralph at our monthly Business Connections This innovative business is located in the CBD at 62 Devon St Devon Street West
  • Our annual Chamber Business Showcase was held on Tuesday 10 August at the Plymouth International. Over 65 exhibitors took the opportunity to display their innovative and exciting products and services available 
  • A great turnout at the Network of Trades which was hosted by WITT at its newly refurbished Welding Block
Upcoming Events

All upcoming events will go ahead subject to Alert Levels. Please check our website for updates.

  • Ministry of Social Development, will host Business Connections on Tuesday 7 September from 5.15pm-7.00pm at its offices at Dawson House
  • Network of Trades will be hosted by Greaves Electrical in Hawera on Tuesday 14 September from 5.15pm-7.00pm

All upcoming training will go ahead subject to Alert Levels. Please check our website for updates.

To RSVP for any of our events, register for training, or for more information click here

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Let’s do better business, together!

Ngā mihi

Arun Chaudhari