Firstly, a huge thanks to everyone in the wider community for supporting our local businesses. Times are tough and every transaction, big or small, helps all the families who either own or are employed by a local business.
We are regularly updating the information we receive about the support services, tool kits and planning assistance available for businesses on our website. To manage information overload, we are purposely focusing on information from official sources – check it out at onewarkworth.co.nz.
One of these support services is the Regional Business Partner Network (RBPN) where businesses can register to receive up to $5000 worth of expertise and advisory support relating to HR, employee relations and legal, financial and cashflow management, health and wellness, business continuity planning, marketing strategy and digital enablement strategy. This is funded by the government and administered by ATEED, who will partner businesses with an appropriate expert.
We have asked ATEED for a list of local RBPN providers so that we can help keep things local, but unfortunately this hasn’t been very successful. The ones we know about are: Dennis Curin & Associates – accounting and business advice, KGA Accounting Plus – finance and business coaching, Consulting HQ – HR and recruitment, Nicola Shirley at The Engine – financial advice. There are bound to be others, so it really is worth registering.
Our AGM has been postponed and is being held on Wednesday, October 21, at the Bridgehouse. If social distancing restrictions are in place, the meeting will be held via Zoom. Anyone is welcome to attend, but to be eligible to vote on resolutions and the appointment of new committee members, you must be a registered member of the One Warkworth Business Association. You are not automatically a member if you are in the BID – you still need to register – but there is no fee to join if you have a business in the BID area. One of the things we will be raising at the AGM is whether or not it is time to change the name of the association to better reflect the work we do for the wider business community. If people support the idea, the two names proposed are One Mahurangi Business Association and Mahurangi Business Association. We look forward to people’s thoughts.
Murray Chapman, One Warkworth, Manager