As we enter the long weekend we urge everyone to remember to spend locally as Manawatū businesses navigate the recent Red Traffic Light settings and impending Omicron outbreak.

Not only are businesses dealing with the new traffic light setting, they are also feeling the impact of record-high inflation including supply issues and price hikes while trying to entice customers into their stores. Increasing costs have also outpaced wage growth, leaving businesses with more expenses and fewer customers.

When you spend locally, you support our region, business community, and economic recovery. So now more than ever, it is important that we think local first, to ensure our businesses and their teams are supported to recover as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, it is our hospitality sector that has seen a considerable drop in turnover, and without government support, businesses and their staff are amidst a real challenge.

Our local businesses and the hospitality scene bring vibrancy to the region and are a key benefit for our residents. It’s time for our community to band together to show our appreciation and support.

We encourage you to make that dinner reservation for this weekend or pop into a local retailer to show your support. Remember to follow the Red setting guidelines and stay safe while you are out and about!

CEDA is here to offer support and guidance to ensure our local businesses can push forward, so please, if you need help navigating the Traffic Light System, contact our team of Business Growth Advisors and find the support you need.

Our team of Business Growth Advisors have distilled key information and resources to support your business with understanding and responding to the COVID-19 Protection Framework here, and will continue to keep our COVID-19 Support Hub up-to-date with the latest information as it is released.

To ensure your business is fully equipped to navigate the pandemic as it evolves, we have created a step-by-step checklist for both mandatory and non-mandatory businesses, outlining the required and recommended actions.

See our checklist here

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