Seeking your views on advocacy issues

The Chamber’s five pillar strategy, rolled out in late 2017, concentrated on refreshing our approach across the Nelson Tasman region. Events and luncheons were increased, and we have seen more networking between members. We continue to advance our trade and membership value aims. The next pillar is advocating for our members.

The Chamber will be looking to lift its advocacy over the coming year, however we need to ensure Chamber advocacy is focused, and represents the views of our members. Throughout October and into November 2018 we are looking for your views on broad areas that affect your business. Topics include information, environment, infrastructure, people, opportunities that could increase our competitive advantage, and science, research and innovation. We know your time is valuable, so the questionnaires should take you less than five minutes to complete.

Once the survey series is complete we will compile the results and identify the key topics of most interest to most of our members, and summarise them in our December issue of Commerce Comment and across our other communication channels.

You are welcome to complete the surveys at any time until the series closes in November. The survey links will be added below as they are created.

Survey one: Nelson Tasman infrastructure

Survey two: Regional information

Survey three: People – attraction, retention and development

Survey four: Business and the environment

Survey five: Science, research and technology

The Chamber has moved to Mahitahi Colab

The Mahitahi Colab, located at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, is about working collaboratively to support and inspire clever business and talent.

The Mahitahi Colab will provide an extraordinary location for existing and aspiring clever businesses to easily connect with local and national business development, and create opportunities to nurture and develop talent.
It will help to build a more connected ecosystem by creating stronger links between clever business, investors, researchers, business development providers, government and the education sector, in order to influence and inspire economic development in the region.

The Chamber is one of three founding partners of the Mahitahi Colab, along with the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and the Nelson Regional Development Agency. We will be working more closely with our partners to help support the growth of the Nelson Tasman region.

In addition to the founding partners, a range of key public good focused businesses and talent development organisations have been invited to be part of the Mahitahi Colab.

The Mahitahi Colab has been designed to include a range of collaboration facilities, including:

  • access to the business and talent development service providers
  • access to a range of events designed to support and inspire business growth, innovation and education in Nelson Tasman
  • collaborative shared working spaces
  • a range of event and meeting spaces
  • access to NMIT graduate students for projects and intern work placements

Some benefits of the Mahitahi Colab are already being realised, with an NMIT graduate and a current NMIT student engaged by the Colab partners to provide the interior design fit out and branding and design. This provides the students with valuable project work experience.

So drop in and visit us any time, and experience the Mahitahi Colab shared working space. You can find us by coming to the main entrance of the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology at 322 Hardy Street.

Find out more about the Mahitahi Colab here.

Atmosphere, Productivity & Cashflow in your Hospitality Business

Get Ready to Make Some Really Great Money in Your Café/Restaurant or Bakery this Summer!

Being successful in the food and beverage industry means keeping your focus on the three magic elements: Atmosphere, Productivity and Cashflow…

Atmosphere – how do we create that buzz that gets people coming back because repeat business is the secret to long term viability and profitability

Productivity – balancing staffing hours with revenue plus getting people motivated to give the excellent service to make your business memorable

Cashflow – making sure the money you bring in each week gives you the money to take home which you deserve in return for the risks of running a business

This workshop is packed full of bottom-line, common-sense strategy and techniques which is an excellent refresher for experienced operators and gives guaranteed light-bulb moments for owners in the early phases of running their business.

Date: Tuesday 16 October 
Time: 5:30 PM – 8 PM 
Venue: Mahitahi Colab Boardroom, 322 Hardy Street, Nelson
Presenter: Bruce Wilson and Martin Barnes, ActionCOACH
Cost: Members $35 + GST, Non-members $50 + GST
Click Here to register