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In the Chamber | October 2020 update

By Auckland Business Chamber on October 27, 2020

Welcome to the October 2020 update of In The Chamber. This month we look at the recent election, the inevitable effects Brexit will have on trade and how we're working to continue our support for New Zealand business in the coming months.

Read on to find out what's been happening in the Chamber, how you can participate in our various events and what support you can find for your business.

An update from our CEO

Watch here for a special election edition video where Chamber CEO, Michael Barnett, reflects on the election results and discusses the implications for business under the clear-cut new Labour government.


Brexit will come into effect on January 1st

Are you exporting to the European Union and/or the UK? The two will become separate markets on January 1, 2021. This will be in the middle of the New Year break and complicated by COVID stockpiling and restrictions.

Be ready and begin your preparations here.


Progress in the Education to Employment programme

We’ve had some fantastic results from our new Ed&Em (Education to Employment) programme which connects employers with high schools. Check out how a recent partnership between James Cook High School and Nauhria Precast changed one young man’s life here.


International News

The NZ Pacific Business Council will host 'Pass the Mic' on Thursday, November 5. This complimentary event will be an opportunity to hear in-person, in a relaxed discussion-type setting, from the NZPBC executive and members on how they have dealt with the challenges of doing business in the Pacific during COV-19. Want to register? You can do so here.

In other international news, Tonga is celebrating 50 years of doing business with an upcoming series of three webinars. Learn more about the series and how you can join, here.

Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme

The Regional Finals for the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) are being held this week to celebrate the top businesses run by year 12 and 13 students who have participated in the programme this year. Participants, friends, family, supporters and sponsors are attending the celebrations. The Winner will head to Wellington for the National finals.


Westpac Auckland Business Awards

Over the next few months we're looking forward to the Westpac Auckland Business Awards Gala evenings, the first being the North & West Gala on October 29. Follow along on our social platforms to find out who comes out on top, or book a seat and attend yourself.

Register your attendance, here.


New opportunities for those needing a Business Mentor

Having a mentor makes a world of difference when you're starting, growing or pivoting your business. Now you can tap into our network of experienced, proven mentors ready to help you drive the next stage of your journey.

We're now accepting new applicants into our Chamber Mentor programme. Find out more about this opportunity here.


If you'd like to speak to someone about something you've read on this page or for free advice relating to your business, please call 0800 543 543 and ask for our free business expert.

Topics: Business Support, growing business, start ups, exports, import