Kāpiti Business News
Latest edition - Tuesday 16 Feburary 2021
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With the first anniversary of Alert Level 4 lockdown almost upon us, and all of New Zealand now back at Alert Level 1 it is a great time to take stock and upskill where needed. This month we bring you a number of excellent FREE upskilling opportunities including an in-person seminar from the CEO of New Zealand Marketing Association, online digital courses, and specialised support for tourism operators.
Read on for these and other events you should know about, as well as an update on two key pieces of Council work.
Employers and businesses have an important role in supporting New Zealand's defence against COVID-19 by ensuring that:
- you clearly display your QR codes
- your employees can stay home if they are sick
- you encourage good hygiene practices at work
For more information on doing business at Alert Level 1 head to www.covid19.govt.nz
Free business seminar
Kāpiti Sports Pavilion
Tue 13 April 12pm - 1pm
Join John Miles, CEO of the New Zealand Marketing Association at this hour-long free business seminar as he provides some handy hints for marketing on a shoestring and helps you get your marketing back on track.
Hosted by Kāpiti Coast District Council, book now for this exclusive 1- hour seminar and walk away with a solid and actionable marketing insights and tips.
Learn the Digital Skills to Boost Your Business
Online at a time and pace that suits you
Business owners are being encouraged to take advantage of free training to help boost their digital tools and technologies. It’s all part of the Government-funded Digital Boost programme which aims to support thousands of small businesses to develop their digital skills post-Covid.
Videos and How To guides teach you the digital skills your business needs and provides sector specific information, while the Kiwi experts break down the jargon to make it all easy. Choose the skills you want to learn, and jump in and out whenever suits. Courses include:
- Digital Tools
- Digital Marketing
- Customer Insights & Business Growth
- Future Technologies
The Tourism Transitions Programme has been established by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) as part of the tourism recovery package.
It is delivered through Qualmark and Tourism New Zealand as the Tourism Advisory Support Service and Digital Capability programmes and they have just reopened for registrations.
With the operating environment over the next 12 - 18 months uncertain these free support programmes are structured to help tourism operators navigate a sustainable way forward through the COVID-19 crisis with a focus on business continuity.
Read more and register now so you don't miss out:
The Entrepreneur Mindset
Online via Zoom
Wed 17 & 24 March, 11am - 12pm
Learn what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur!
This free webinar series focuses on the key component in a small business, YOU, the entrepreneur! Unpack concepts such as imposter syndrome, self-confidence, motivation and self-sabotage. Register here for the final sessions of the series.
Business Survival Guide
Online via Zoom
Wed 7 Apr & 5 May, 8am - 9am
Get unstuck and get the results you want! Prepare for the year ahead with this three-part business survival guide from Simon Paine, co-founder and global CEO of the PopUp Business School.
Learn what this Business School has been teaching in seven countries to help micro and small businesses to start, restart and grow in the middle of a pandemic.
Register here for the final 2 sessions of the 3-session series.
Destination Management Plan well underway
Last month, Kylie Ruwhiu-Karawana and Brad Kirner from TRC Tourism held consultation sessions with iwi, our elected members, tourism sectors operators, infrastructure providers, community and business groups, and community leaders. These sessions provided an opportunity for input into the development a Destination Management plan - a key deliverable of the Kāpiti District Economic Development Strategy 2020–23.
TRC Tourism have now completed the consultation process and are currently working on the draft plan which will be ready for initial review at the end of this month, with the final plan to be delivered at the end of April.
Once the Destination Management Plan for Kāpiti has been delivered we will then work closely with our RTO (Regional Tourism Organisation) WellingtonNZ, to include the outcomes in the Regional Destination Management Plan that is currently under development.
To read more about the purpose and process head to our website: Destination Management Plan
Help secure Kāpiti’s future
Here on the Kāpiti Coast, our district has seen significant change over the last few decades, and will continue to do so in the coming years. Some changes we can foresee and others are less certain. What we do know, however, is that we must plan ahead for change together as a community to ensure Kāpiti continues to be a great place to live.
This is where our long-term plan comes in. It’s a big deal because it lays out the mahi we intend to do over the next 20 years. It details the planned activities, services and projects, how much things are likely to cost and how we plan to pay for them. This plan has an impact on everyone living on the Kāpiti Coast. Formal consultation on our draft Long-term Plan 2021–41 will run April 7 – May 10.
Register to have your say today and we’ll contact you via email when consultation opens.
COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme
The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is available for employers, including self-employed people, to help pay their employees who need to self-isolate and can't work from home. Read more
Advice for event organisers
If you are organising a public event soon please ensure you have accessed the Make Summer Unstoppable event toolkit and follow the Government’s guidelines at COVID-19 information for event organisers | Major Events.