Are you passionate about business growth?

We’re looking for an experienced and highly-organised Events Manager who is passionate about supporting business growth by connecting our members through a range of events, and ensuring they’re engaged with and receive value from their Chamber membership.

It’s an exciting time to be joining the Chamber. Our aim is to be the most valued first point of contact for business support and advocacy in the region, and we’re on the cusp of implementing some exciting changes to add real value for our members.

This role is dedicated to managing the Chamber’s events and sponsorship, and will help to build the positive brand and profile of the Chamber.

Find out more about the role here

 

Want cheaper power for your business?

Saveawatt and the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to offer Chamber members great power savings through Savewatt’s Electricity Bulk Tender process, where they tender and negotiate energy contracts on your behalf.

You benefit from the bulk buying power of the group in addition to Saveawatt’s energy industry expertise and power company relationships.

This great partnership is all about making it easier for our members to do business by reducing your costs.

How can I find out if I’ll save money?

It’s really simple. Talk to our CEO Grant Kerr in the first instance by calling him on 021 758703 or email grant@commerce.org.nz.

The Chamber will work with Saveawatt on your behalf to complete a tender and analysis based on your annual energy consumption. Then we’ll present you with a detailed report outlining your energy cost savings.

What does it cost?

The performance-related fee is equivalent to 20% of the project cost savings negotiated across the new contract term.

Who is Saveawatt?

Savawatt is an established utilities brokerage and consultancy, and since 2009 they have helped New Zealand businesses achieve significant cost savings on their electricity and gas accounts by securing energy prices and contracts that deliver real value. Find out more about Saveawatt

No Savings, No Fee

There is no risk to you – if Saveawatt cannot save you money there is no fee. This is a no brainer – act now and start saving!

More questions?

Give Grant a call on 021 758 703 or email grant@commerce.org.nz.

Don’t miss out on Business Awards earlybird tickets

Don’t miss out on securing an earlybird ticket or table for the 2017 NPI Chamber of Commerce Business Awards – book by Thursday 31 August.

The annual Nelson Pine Industries Chamber of Commerce Business Awards celebrate innovation and creativity in the business sector, and have been a highlight of the region’s business calendar for 29 years.

Book your tickets now 

Thinking about entering the Business Awards?

Winning an award provides you with an opportunity to gain profile, tell your story and acknowledge all the hard work your team has put in. The awards also offer you the opportunity to benchmark your business and gain expert advice on how you can continue to grow.

Entries close at 4pm on Friday 29 September.

The awards night is a black-tie dinner on Friday 3 November at the Trafalgar Centre.

For more information contact Louise at the Chamber: louise@commerce.org.nz.

Annual Daffodil Day Golf Tournament

The Annual Daffodil Day Golf Tournament, with support from ANZ Bank, is being held on Thursday 17 August 2017. This year is the 27th Anniversary of Daffodil Day and the Nelson Cancer Society is hoping to raise as much as possible from this fantastic fundraising event.

The cost is $400.00 per team of four including sponsorship of a hole OR
$300.00 per team of four OR $75.00 per individual entry.

The cost includes green fees, on-course drinks and a sausage sizzle, a number of holes with competitions and challenges as well as “social hour” finger food, great prizes and an auction back at the clubhouse at 4.30pm.

  • Shotgun tee off at 12.00 noon sharp
  • Format: Ambrose

Registrations close on 14 August 2017.

To register please contact Cancer Society Nelson (03) 539 1137 info@cancernelson.org.nz or James Cooper 021 044 1526 manager@nelsongolf.co.nz.

Chamber Board election results

Thank you to our members for taking the time to vote in the recent Board election for the 2017/18 Chamber Board, and to the high caliber of nominees who put themselves forward for the two Board positions.

Congratulations to Ru Collin, who was a Board member and went through unopposed as Vice President, and we welcome two new Board members Robyn Wilson and Nigel Andrews.

The Board now consists of:

  • Lees Seymour, President
  • Patrick Smith, Past President
  • Peter Pattullo, Vice President
  • Ru Collin, Vice President
  • Emma McCashin, Board member
  • Manoli Aerakis, Board member
  • Robyn Wilson, Board member
  • Nigel Andrews, Board member

The overall voting response rate was up seven percent from the Board elections in 2015, reflecting the high engagement of our membership. 

A special thank you to our two outgoing Board members, Vice President Gillian Wratt and Vice President Marina Hirst-Tristram for their enormous contribution and guidance during their tenures on the Board. The Chamber wishes them well for the future.

Meet our new Board members

Robyn Wilson

Robyn has an extensive background in commerce, having spent 30 years in the banking industry in various roles and locations, including 6 years overseas. In her current role as Commercial Business Partner with the BNZ, Robyn works with local businesses helping them achieve their growth aspirations, and understands the challenges and successes of doing business in the region.

“I am genuinely excited about this opportunity to be involved with the Chamber and I thank the members for their support. As a voice for local business, I believe the Chamber is a key conduit to driving the success of the local economy through engagement with local government and the community. I’m passionate about the Nelson Tasman region and am looking forward to adding value through my experience and common-sense approach.”

Nigel Andrews

Nigel Andrews became the youngest Shell retailer in NZ in 1995 aged 25. In 2000, he left Christchurch to operate three Shell stations in Nelson, which grew to 12 incorporating Nelson, Marlborough and the West Coast. More recently Nigel has been an elected representative of all Z Retailers, and was awarded ‘Nelsonian of the Year’ for business in 2015 and a Civic Award in 2016 for Leadership in the Community.

“I feel honoured to have been elected to the Board and trust that my experience as a Shell, and now Z, retailer since 1995 will add value. Having achieved many of my personal business ambitions, my passion is now the safety and development of my teams, and making a positive impact in the areas that I operate. I look forward to working with the other Board members towards the advancement of Nelson as a place of business”.

Business sets expectations for incoming government

Setting strong expectations for an incoming government to support sustainable development, address the current skills gaps, reduce red tape compliance, and regionalise policy solutions are key planks of the Business Election Manifesto released today by the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce (NZCCI).

As part of NZCCI’s collective advocacy mandate, it commissioned a report in April to understand business needs across New Zealand ahead of the general election. More than 990  businesses across New Zealand were surveyed, and they identified the following expectations of the government post-election September 23:

  •  Be overtly supportive of sustainable business development.
  • Recognise and support the link between strong businesses and strong communities.
  • Address skill shortages through education reform, skills development and online support of targeted migration
  • Reduce compliance costs across business in areas such as health and safety, resource management and taxes.

“Solution-based thinking is exactly what we need right now,” says Michael Barnett, Auckland Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive. “In Auckland, especially if the council and Government continue to be unwilling to lift the pace and investment needed to solve congestion and other transport issues Auckland has, it won’t just be our transport crisis that will continue to get worse, but the city’s employment and other problems exacerbated by the cost and frustration of moving around the city.”

Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford says the survey found that there was a real consensus that government has to continue to get the platform right for business. “This isn’t a ‘nice to have’ wish list – these expectations are fundamental to New Zealand’s economic growth and success.”

Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Peter Townsend says it’s critical that an incoming government recognises that different regions require different inputs from central government. “For example, there is an undisputed need for continued strong migration in Canterbury.  A one-size-fits-all approach on this issue, to address a perceived problem in Auckland, across the country will simply not work.”

Otago Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Dougal McGowan says local and central government partnerships are essential to maintaining and growing infrastructure in order to cope with growth throughout the country.  “It’s essential for business across many sectors that the right scale of investment is made to ensure productivity is not compromised.”

 Key recommendations in NZCCI’s manifesto to the incoming government include:

  •  Make a deliberate effort to ensure better collaboration across government platforms so that we can get better whole-of-government solutions and opportunities. Businesses want to see better collaboration and communication across government ministries, and further identified the need for central and local government to work much better together.
  • Bring focus and strength to regional development. The need to regionalise economic development and policy was also high on businesses’ mind, believing that there is a need for government to respond on a regionally specific basis.
  • Provide democratic comprehensive support for policy settings that will encourage and promote sustainable business growth. There was also a view that the incoming government should make further investment in quality infrastructure, with the goal to make it easier to do business.

Each Chamber of Commerce will be advocating on behalf of their chamber members locally ahead of the election.

Download the NZCCI’s full message for the incoming Government.

 

Changes to temporary work visas

Last week the Government announced decisions on proposals announced in April to change the settings for temporary migrant workers under the Essential Skills policy.

The changes include:

  • The introduction of remuneration bands to assess the skill level of roles offered to Essential Skills visa applicants
  • The introduction of a maximum duration of three years for lower-skilled Essential Skills visa holders, after which they will need to spend 12 months outside New Zealand before they can be granted an Essential Skills visa to work in another lower-skilled role, and
  • Requiring the partners and children of lower-skilled Essential Skills visa holders to meet the requirements for a visa in their own right (they will still have access to short-term visitor visas).

The changes will be introduced on 28 August this year.

For more information read the media release and questions and answers on the New Zealand Immigration website.