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There are some big ticket items in the business news this month with the sign-off of key strategies that will help propel Kāpiti into the future. The Wellington Regional Economic Development Plan has several Kāpiti initiatives that will boost our food and beverage sector and contribute to workforce development, while we have also been working on an intergenerational strategy that will support the older workforce.

We've also got a great marketing opportunity for you - your chance to be part of the biggest event of the year and market your business to thousands of people through the Kāpiti Coast Art Trail. 

Read on for more:

Update from the EDKB

It has been great seeing the good progress being made this year on implementing the district's Economic Development Strategy, working collaboratively with businesses and stakeholders.

I’m pleased to update you on two key sector initiatives that have also gained recognition in the Wellington Region and have been ear-marked for support.

Working across the business and education sectors, the Kāpiti Coast Workforce Plan identified the need to look at how youth could gain better access to skills and training locally. We have completed a needs analysis and feasibility study for provision of vocational skills training in Kāpiti, looking at various successful models and what would be the right fit for the district. This is a complex piece of work that we are now ready to progress to the next stage, and it is good to have its importance recognised in the Wellington Regional Economic Development Plan
 
We have also been working closely with the food and beverage manufacturing, marketing and distribution sector to develop strategies to build up the sector and attract F&B businesses to our district. Again, this exciting strategy fits well with our local economy as well as being supported by the wider region and WellingtonNZ, and it's strategic importance is also recognised in the Wellington Regional Economic Development Plan. This work has also been shared with the Regional Economic Development Ministers with increasing signs of support.

Neil Mackay
Chair
Economic Development Kotahitanga Board    

Wellington Regional Economic Development Plan to transform the region

Kāpiti Coast District Council has been working other stakeholders alongside the Wellington Regional Leadership Committee to create a strategic direction for a sustainable greater Wellington region.

The plan addresses current challenges, such as improving the quality of life for Māori and Pasifika in the region, while trying to mitigate future challenges.

With considerable population growth expected within the next 30 years, approximately 100,000 decent jobs need to be created to support that growth. There are four broad sectors identified in the REDP as fundamental for sustainable growth: screen, STEM (science technology, engineering and manufacturing), the visitor economy, and food and fibre. 

To support this strategy, 33 initiatives are being supported to implementation. Kāpiti initiatives include the creation of the F&B strategy and cluster, and the development of skills and training provision on the Coast.
 
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Economic Insights – June 2022 Update

On the Kāpiti Coast, GDP grew steadily at 3.2% over the year to June 2022.

However, inflation is high (7.3% over the past 12 months), which is why net consumer spending activity has fallen during the June 2022 quarter.
To read more about the Kāpiti Coast economy, including tourism, the housing market and consumer spend, have a look a the updated quarterly monitor with data provided by Infometrics and Marketview.
See more

Loyalty programme for business

Be part of the Art Trail excitement in 2022! The Kāpiti Coast Art Trail is a free, self-guided event that takes visitors on a journey of discovery around the Kāpiti Coast in the first two weekends of November.

Thousands of people visit Kāpiti during the trail, 40% of whom are from outside the district. This is your chance to market your business to potential new customers. 

How the loyalty programme works

As people visit artists along the trail they will have the opportunity to have a loyalty card stamped, recognising their visit. When the card is full (10 artists) the visitor can then bring their card to a participating business and
redeem the offer.

Each business can decide how they would like to participate – free coffee, discount, buy one get one free, an arts trail cocktail; what ever you think would attract people to come to redeem their card with you.

What's in it for you

As well as being part of an amazing signature event on the Coast, participating businesses will receive:
  • Business information and loyalty offerings listed on Kāpiti Coast Art Trail (new website coming soon) and Kapiti Coast NZ websites.
  • Loyalty programme is promoted in the Art Trail guide (10,000 copies distributed nationwide)
  • Promotional collateral:
    • Posters
    • Art Trail guide
    • Window decal
  • Promotion through digital channels:
    • Kāpiti Coast Art Trail Facebook page (3,300 followers)
    • KapitiCoastNZ Facebook page and Instagram (7000+ followers, 90% out of district)
    • Art Trail Artist Facebook group (1000+)
    • Nikau Foundation digital channels (10,000 +)
Email us for more information or sign up below.

Registrations close 24 September
Sign up

SAVE THE DATE - Employer Workshop

Can Work Ready Kāpiti help your business? Come along to a workshop to let Work Ready Kāpiti know how they can help you with your workforce development needs.

Refreshments available from 5pm and following the workshop.

Monday 10 October 5.30-6.30pm
Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club

Email WRK for more info

The business event of the year!

Only a month to go until the biggest business event of the year!

Tickets are still on sale. Don't miss out!

Friday 30th September
6pm till late
Horowhenua Events Centre, 33 Victoria Street, Levin

Get tickets
Work Ready Kāpiti 
#EmployerMeets 


Registrations are open for the Work Ready Kāpiti 2022 EmployerMeets.

At these events you will get the chance to chat with youth about their skills and experience, and share tips with them on becoming employed in your industry.

Open to all Kāpiti based employers, and all youth aged 15-24 years old.
Register
Chamber of Commerce networking events

Come along to these Chamber events and meet like-minded businesspeople.
Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce BA5: Special guest speaker - Paula Bennett - hosted by the team at Bayleys, Te Raukura ki Kāpiti, Tuesday 6 September, 5.30pm

Women in Business Lunch with Mary Haddock-Staniland and Kitty Fitton - Southward Car Museum, Friday 9 September, 11.30am

Kāpiti Coast Business Networking - Tuatara Brewery, Tuesday 13 September, 5.15pm

Women in Business Coffee Connections - Sunday Cantina, Friday 30 September, 9.15am 
Register
September Electra Business Breakfast: Economic Forecast - out of the Covid frying pan and into the inflation fire

As central banks wage war on inflation, what might the future hold? Sharon Zollner, ANZ New Zealand Chief Economist will discuss labour shortages, supply chain disruption, cost of living, and a second wave of Covid impacting on our business and personal lives.

Wednesday 7 September, 7.15am
Southward Car Museum

Register
October Electra Business Breakfast: Leadership and resilience in a time of crisis

Tim Costley, Commanding Officer of the Flying Training Wing at Ohakea, will talk about how to handle chaotic situations that inevitably arise in our daily working and personal lives. He will also touch on the New Zealand presence in global peacekeeping and offer first hand observations and insights.

Wednesday 5 October, 7.15am
Southward Car Museum

Register
2degrees Wellington Regional Business Awards

Nominations are now open for the prestigious 2degrees Wellington Regional Business Excellence Awards.

The Awards celebrate local businesses that contribute to the region's vibrant and successful business community, and our local economy.

The awards are free to enter and are open to any business based within the Wellington Region.

Nominate a business
Improve your online presence

Checkable is a new product from MBIE's Digital Boost that helps you understand your online presence and figure out where to make changes. 

You will learn what users see when they visit your social media and website, and how you can maximise reach to engage with your target market.
Find out more

If you've enjoyed receiving the Kāpiti Coast Business News or you've got some content you'd like us to share we'd love to hear from you. Please drop us a line at economic.development@kapiticoast.govt.nz. 

Noho ora mai,

Kāpiti Coast District Council
Economic Development Team

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