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As the Regional Business Partner for Manawatū-Whanganui, CEDA are working with businesses across the region to provide immediate support, guidance and information on navigating the impacts of COVID-19.

Traditionally, CEDA’s team would work one-to-one with business owners through meetings, visiting their premises or hosting workshops. Through Level 3 and Level 4 lockdowns, the team have transitioned their support to phone and video calls, with the types of support, and the volume being provided rapidly changing too.

To ensure the support provided is relevant in what is a challenging and constantly evolving time, CEDA are providing a twice-weekly series of free webinars to help businesses navigate the impact of COVID-19.

John Morris, Business Development Manager at CEDA, says, “The webinar topics are influenced from the results of the CEDA Business Survey across the Manawatū-Whanganui region, ensuring they’re tailored to support the pain points and challenges faced by our businesses. The topics include cashflow management, business continuity, wage subsidies, leading through uncertainty, and more. It’s important we connect with our business community where possible to get through this evolving period of economic uncertainty together”

The webinars are presented by experts in their fields, and have to date included presentations from John Taylor of Balance Consulting on business continuity planning, Rahui Corbett from Morrison Creed on cash flow management, and Lizi Guest from Little Kōwhai on communicating with suppliers, customers and stakeholders during COVID-19.

Happening every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, these webinars are delivered in partnership with service providers and are funded by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE).

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

The webinars are short, sharp and to the point (30 minutes long) and include a Q&A time with the presenter. All webinars are made available as a recording on CEDA’s COVID-19 Business Support hub on

The Navigating COVID-19 webinar series is funded by the Governments response package in order to provide businesses with the information and support they need during this challenging time.

For more information:
[email protected]
06 350 1830

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