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Navigating COVID-19

Over the coming months CEDA will be delivering a series of free webinars for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These webinars will be delivered in partnership with our service providers, and funded by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

CEDA will work with partners across Palmerston North City, Ruapehu, Rangitīkei, Tararua, Horowhenua, Whanganui and Manawatū, to deliver this series for the wider Manawatū-Whanganui region and beyond.

The Navigating COVID-19 business support webinars will be 30-minute long, taking place every Thursday and include a Q&A with the presenter.

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Join us on Thursday afternoon for our next 30-minute Navigating COVID-19 Webinar: Restocking Hospitality.

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Upcoming Webinars

Webinar 19: Restocking Hospitality

Date: Thursday 11 June 2020
Time: 3pm – 3.30pm

Adam Parker

After an intro from Horowhenua New Zealand Trust Chairman, Antony Young, join Adam Parker of Hospitality New Zealand for a broad overview on the current trends for the hospitality industry, advice about operating safety now and in the future and some practical examples to support your hospitality staff through this time.

About Adam:

Adam Parker is the Lower North Island Regional Manager for Hospitality NZ. He has around 300 members on his portfolio and regularly assists with advice around Employment Law, Alcohol Licensing and Regional Advocacy topics.

Hospitality NZ are a voluntary trade association representing around 3,000 hospitality and commercial accommodation businesses.

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Past Webinars

Webinar One: Business Continuity Planning

Hear from Russell Bell from Balance Consulting on high-level responses to the COVID -19 pandemic from a business continuity perspective. This Webinar is brought to you in partnership with Whanganui and Partners.

View the webinar recording below and the webinar slides here.

Webinar Two: Financial Management

Hear from Rahui Corbett from Morrison Creed on practical cash flow survival strategies to help you through the COVID-19 crisis.

View the webinar recording below and the webinar slides here.

Webinar Three: Communications in a Crisis

Hear from Lizi Guest from Little Kōwhai on communicating in a crisis and where to start; how we can go back to basics, and why knowing your audience is more important than ever.

View the webinar recording below and see the slides here.

Webinar Four: Resilient Leadership in Uncertain Times

Hear from Lauren Parsons from Lauren Parsons Wellbeing as she covers how to be a resilient leader in these uncertain times.

View the webinar recording below and see the slides here.

Webinar Five: What Comes Next?

Business Planning for During and After the Lockdown

Hear from Ron Schalkwijk, Business Advisor and Coach, as he covers business planning for during and after the lockdown.

View the webinar recording below and view the slides here.

Webinar Six: Supply Chain Risk & Management

Hear from Trev Hall of The Lean Hub will take us through a look at Supply Chain Risk Management; from the current situation in New Zealand through to how you can minimise further disruption to your business and to your customers.

View the webinar recording below and view the slides here.

Infometrics Manawatū-Whanganui: Economic Effects of COVID-19

An Infometrics Manawatū-Whanganui Webinar to brief business and community leaders on some of the local economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Webinar Seven: Keeping your Team Unified and Forward Focused

Hear from Mike Clark from Think Right as he discusses how in the sea of uncertainty it is the role of team leader to unite their team, looking at 5 essential elements required to bring a team together with united common purpose.

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Webinar Eight: Post Lockdown – Dawn of a New Normal

Join Paul Schmidt-Uili from CR Law as we explore issues around debt hibernation, reckless trading, safe harbour for directors and other issues that may be keeping you and other business owners awake at night.

View the webinar recording below and the webinar slides here.

Te Aho Tāmaka Webinar: Rising from the Ashes with Linda Jenkinson

Hear from Te Aho Tāmaka Leader and global entrepreneur Linda Jenkinson for inspiration in this time of recovery. Linda shares her journey including the challenges of losing 50% of her revenue in the aftermath of 9/11, surviving the dotcom bubble and the GFC – learn how her businesses survived and thrived and gain some creative ideas to support you through the COVID-19 crisis.

View the webinar recording below.

Visitor Sector Webinar Series: Digital Best Practice

Hear from digital marketing guru, Alex Dykman, Founder and Head of Strategy at Maverick Digital, as she shares her knowledge and guidance on how we can utilise digital channels, now more than ever, to reach potential customers and grow engagement and awareness over the coming months. Alex covers how to use digital to create demand and drive bookings from the new Kiwi traveller in this practical webinar.

Watch the webinar below and view the slides here.

Webinar Nine: Navigating Employment Law

Hear from Steph Dyhrberg, Kāpiti resident and Wellington employment lawyer at Dyhrberg Drayton. Steph will explain the processes employers need to go through to deal with the COVID-19 fallout. This will include making changes to hours of work and pay, redundancies, recruitment and using trial periods correctly.

View the webinar recording below and view the slides here.

Webinar Ten: Understanding the Government Package

The Government’s support package for the COVID-19 crisis includes wage subsidies, tax relief and lending rules. What do these mean for businesses and their recovery? Join Kirk Hope of BusinessNZ as he shares his thoughts on current business needs and the COVID-19 support package.

Watch the webinar recording below and view the slides here.

Webinar 11: Achieving Resilience and Wellbeing in a Critical Time of Change

Hear from Julie Rowlands, Julia Stockman and Mel Whiting from Baker Tilly Staples Rodway. Succeeding in turbulent times requires a critical focus on resilience and change leadership. Visible leadership and strong emotional intelligence will enable leaders to focus on their people like they have never before. This means understanding the challenges that others are facing, recognising the impact change has on us all and most importantly seeing people as people beyond the isolation. This is a time for both brave leadership, courageous conversations and whole hearts.

Watch the webinar recording below and view the slides here.

Webinar 12: Engaging Marketing for Re-Positioning in a New Environment

Hear from Lisa Matena of Screen Vistas and SeeMe Media as she will help you identify marketing opportunities and engagement strategies that help you reach and stay connected with customers to ensure growth during this time.

Watch the webinar recording below and view the slides here.

Visitor Sector Webinar Series: Demystifying Qualmark

Visitor businesses need to be look carefully at their business health and safety, quality standards and how they can deliver a sustainable visitor experience in response to the current climate. Hear from Gregg Anderson, Qualmark GM, as he shares the benefits of being a part of this important accreditation, and Jacinda Cole, owner of The Martinborough Hotel, as she shares her honest experience of the Qualmark process.

Watch the webinar below.

Webinar 13: Master Your Cash Flow

Join Hector Bassett of Davidson Fraser as he teaches you how to structure your cash flow to strategically maximise profit and forecast your cash flow for the next few months. Free Resource – a customised cash flow spreadsheet will be explained as part of the webinar, designed for non-accountants who want to learn a little more about how their cash flow works, and is available via Google docs here.

Watch the webinar recording below and view the slides here.

Webinar 14: Financing Business Cashflow & Accessing Recent Tax Changes

In light of the recent announcements of support for businesses affected by the COVID-19 responses, it is a good time to familiarise ourselves with the support available and the mechanisms through which it can be accessed. In this informative webinar, Russell Bell CA and Craig McKinnon CA of Balance Chartered Accountants, will walk you through the support packages announced pre and post Budget 2020. This Webinar is brought to you in partnership with Whanganui and Partners.

Watch the webinar recording below and view the slides here.

Webinar 15: Practical Implementation of Lean Practices to Improve SMEs’ Productivity

Lean has become somewhat of a buzzword over recent years and is often wrongly used as a term for simply cutting costs. Join Nick Brownsword of Productivity People as he explains the real meaning of Lean, and provides clear practical examples of Lean best practices and the tangible benefits they can deliver to your teams and your business.

Watch the webinar recording below and view the slides here.

Webinar 16: Focus or Pivot? Strategies to Navigate Through COVID-19 and Beyond

This webinar will discuss a couple of different strategies that local manufacturers have developed to survive and thrive after the challenges of COVID-19. Join Simon Barnett from OBO and Campbell Easton from Metalform and hear about the tactics they have developed to deal with the crisis.

Watch the webinar recording below and view the slides here.

Webinar 17: Blasting a Recession with Tech!

Join Joe Harper of Tailored Forms for a broad overview of how to use tech to streamline what you do, and improve marketing and communication with your customers. Times ahead are looking tough, so changing how we operate is going to be necessary, streamlining and automating where we can is crucial. So an important understanding of what tech can provide is vital to stay ahead of your competition.

Watch the webinar recording below and view the slides here.

COVID-19 Implications for Manawatū District and Palmerston North City Māori

CEDA and Infometrics invite you to this workshop which looks at the effects of COVID-19 and government measures to contain the pandemic on the Māori workforce in the Manawatū District and Palmerston North city. Hear from Infometrics Senior Economists, Rob Heyes, and Brad Olsen.

Webinar recording to come.

Webinar 18: Re-think the Game Plan – A practical approach to business planning

All businesses, regardless of sector or size, aim to build a better future – and with the COVID-19 situation changing by the week, the path forward is anything but clear. Join Fiona Chard of Chard Consulting to learn some practical approaches that will help you to move quickly as you rethink and regenerate your business. Using the practical tools and fit-for-purpose approaches that have made a real difference to many of their clients, Chard Consulting have re-thought their own game plan and experienced the benefits of quick action.

Watch the webinar recording below and view the slides here.

CEDA’s team are here to support you and help answer any questions you may have.

We recognise that the level of information is significant, and rapidly changing each day. Get in touch so we can help guide you through the different supports available to you and connect you with the resources you need. 

Our dedicated team of Business Growth Advisors can connect you to the right information and resources to assist you in navigating this unprecedented time for your business. Ways we can help include:   

  • Connecting you to professional service providers to assist you with the issues that you are facing e.g. cash flow management, business continuity management, 
  • Provide you with relevant and up to date information on how and where to access Government support including navigating the Wage Subsidy Scheme, and the recently announced Business Finance Guarantee Scheme. 
  • Assist Maori businesses on Government support available.  
  • Provide you with an experienced Business Mentor to provide additional guidance over the next 12 months. Business Mentors come with specific skills and are matched depending on your needs.  
  • Facilitate funding for Research and Development including project grants.   
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