7 December 2016
The Chamber held a special event with the business community in November 2016 to discuss key issues around the Christchurch City Council's 'An Accessible City Plan'. The event, which featured speakers from the Council, drew a crowd of over 80 members from the business community. Below is an outline of the issues raised at this event. The Chamber is committed to holding a follow up event in May 2017.
20 November 2016
The 2016 ExportNZ DHL Export Barometer released today shows Kiwi exporters are feeling confident and expecting orders to increase in the next twelve months, despite the uncertainties in the UK and US.
17 November 2016
The Government has announced a wage subsidy package as an initial step to help small businesses in and around Kaikoura. The package will assist those companies most seriously disrupted by this week's earthquakes to retain their staff while the district recovers.
9 November 2016
ExportNZ says Trump winning the US Presidential election signals a bumpy ride for currency markets and a lost opportunity to reduce trade barriers for New Zealand products if the TPPA gets knocked back.
30 October 2016
Collaboration on infrastructure, tourism, health technologies and innovation, along with addressing non tariff barriers for agri-business in third markets will be among the key drivers of the CER vision in coming years, say business leaders from Australia and New Zealand.
17 August 2016
Your ability to negotiate and determine your own contract rates could be compromised by the Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill as early as next week if passed by Parliament.
16 August 2016
19 June 2016
New Zealand has been ranked third for energy security amongst the top 25 energy users in the world.
26 May 2016
The 2016 budget reinforces business as usual and offers no surprises. It is about building on a strong economy, giving the Government the opportunity to generate surplus's and the wriggle room to reduce debt.
There are no significant steps to accelerate or support business growth, most likely because the Government sees business doing OK in the context of the current settings.
It is encouraging to see an emphasis on Innovation, Science and Technology - all of which is fundamental to our future prosperity.
The simplification of tax treatment for SME's (announced before the budget) is welcomed, as is the ongoing support for roading and rail infrastructure. From a Christchurch rebuild perspective, it is about getting on with it.
9 March 2016
The present issues being experienced by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and other government agencies comes as little surprise to the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, who welcome a review of the Holidays Act.
Canterbury Regional Business Partners has secured funding to provide support for small businesses in the region
15 December 2015
It was announced yesterday that the Government and Canterbury Regional Business Partnershave committed to a further five and a half years of support for small businesses, through the Regional Business Partner Programme.