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Money For Regional Apprenticeships Good For Local Economies

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 8:37 am | Business NZ

Channelling $40 million from the Provincial Growth Fund into regional apprenticeships will be good for local economies, says BusinessNZ. The funding announced by the Regional Economic Development Minister today will be available to regional apprentices and ... More >>

NZ-UK Free Trade Agreement A Win-win

Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 2:50 pm | Business NZ

A successful high-quality free trade agreement (FTA) between New Zealand and the UK would reduce barriers and give both economies a much-needed boost, ExportNZ Executive Director Catherine Beard says. "This could be very positive for our exporters ... More >>

Extensions To Support Schemes Welcomed

Friday, 5 June 2020, 2:54 pm | Business NZ

The BusinessNZ network has welcomed extensions to the Government’s loan and wage subsidy schemes, saying they would help both employers and employees. BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope said pushing out the application deadline for the Small ... More >>

Proposal For Trans-Tasman Bubble Considers Every Step Of A Passenger’s Journey

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 1:14 pm | Business NZ

A proposed blueprint into how safe trans-Tasman travel could re-open is advancing fast, with a draft to be presented to New Zealand and Australian governments for consideration in early June. More >>

Income Relief Payment A Welcome Boost

Monday, 25 May 2020, 1:18 pm | Business NZ

The Government’s new temporary payment to support New Zealanders who lose their jobs due to COVID-19 is a welcome boost, BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope says. A new COVID Income Relief Payment is being introduced, alongside a wider work programme ... More >>

Almost 1000 Kiwi Businesses Need To Feel The Love

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 9:16 am | Business NZ

Almost 1000 New Zealand-owned and operated businesses have signed on to the ShopKiwi campaign, which today launched a new website. With Kiwi manufacturers reopening safely, the ShopKiwi website has provided them with an avenue to sell products directly to ... More >>

SMEs Crucial To Economic Rebuild

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 3:10 pm | Business NZ

A range of announcements in today’s Budget confirms the Government is backing SMEs to rebuild the economy in the face of global recession. The Government will provide a more than $200 million boost to NZ Trade and Enterprise to expand the scope ... More >>

BusinessNZ Welcomes Investment In Apprenticeships And Trades Training

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 3:03 pm | Business NZ

Apprenticeship and trades training support will help firms get the skills they need and position New Zealand well for the future, says BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope. "The suite of trades training initiatives supports a range of different ... More >>

Focus On Jobs And Infrastructure Good For Economy

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 2:50 pm | Business NZ

BusinessNZ has welcomed the focus on jobs in today’s Budget. BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope said the $3.2 billion extension to the Wage Subsidy Scheme announced today, for a further 8 weeks, was an appropriate use of Budget funding. "Supporting ... More >>

Business Welcomes Return To Level 2

Monday, 11 May 2020, 5:27 pm | Business NZ

BusinessNZ says its members will welcome the ability to get back to work under level 2 requirements. Chief Executive Kirk Hope said level 4 and 3 restrictions had been difficult and destructive for many businesses and there would be relief at their ... More >>

Economy Needs To Reopen On Monday

Friday, 8 May 2020, 3:27 pm | Business NZ

Businesses are urging the Government to move to Level 2 of the Covid lockdown on Monday. BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope says there’s a huge desire by businesses to reopen as soon as possible "Given our active case numbers are low, we don’t ... More >>

Small Business Loan Relief Welcomed

Thursday, 23 April 2020, 2:59 pm | Business NZ

BusinessNZ has welcomed relief options for businesses being made available by banks. Loan repayment deferrals, temporary interest-only repayments, extensions to the term of loans, loan consolidation, and deferral of mortgage payments are being offered ... More >>

Kiwi Businesses Need Cash Now

Tuesday, 21 April 2020, 12:07 pm | Business NZ

With planning already underway by Kiwi manufacturers to reopen safely, Buy New Zealand Made has stepped in to help them sell products directly to consumers online. The #shopkiwi campaign has just been launched today for NZ Made licence holders. Businesses ... More >>

Delay Minimum Wage Increase

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 8:55 am | Business NZ

Tomorrow’s increase in the minimum wage will cause additional difficulties in many businesses once the wage subsidy is discontinued, BusinessNZ says. Employers are currently assisted by the wage subsidy in paying employees 80 percent of their ... More >>

NZ Business Seeks Certainty On Further Economic Support

Monday, 23 March 2020, 10:50 am | Business NZ

The BusinessNZ Network and The New Zealand Initiative are encouraging the Government to go further with its economic support package, saying the support package announced last week was the right first step and was greatly appreciated but needed to go further. ... More >>

Green Hydrogen Announcement A Game-changer

Friday, 6 March 2020, 11:39 am | Business NZ

BusinessNZ Energy Council executive director Tina Schirr commends the government’s announcement it will invest $19.9 million through the Provincial Growth Fund in a South Taranaki hydrogen energy facility. "We are pleased the Fund is working ... More >>

What’s Keeping Energy Leaders Awake At Night?

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 4:15 pm | Business NZ

BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) Executive Director Tina Schirr welcomes the release of the World Energy Council’s Issues Monitor for 2020. The Issues Monitor provides a snapshot of what keeps energy policymakers, CEOs and leading experts in 104 countries ... More >>

A Step Towards Low Carbon Transport

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 12:28 pm | Business NZ

BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) executive director Tina Schirr welcomes the Government’s announcement that it is helping deliver more infrastructure and options for low emissions transport through new projects. "The EV industry has been hamstrung by a lack ... More >>

Kiwi youth feeling the heat

Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 9:26 am | Business NZ

New research confirms Kiwi youth are socially aware and concerned about the protection of the environment they are living in. More >>

Affordable energy storage lacking

Friday, 24 January 2020, 9:49 am | Business NZ

BusinessNZ Energy Council executive director Tina Schirr welcomes the release of the World Energy Council’s (WEC) Innovation Insights Brief - Five Steps to Energy Storage . More >>