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The Kāpiti Coast business community enjoyed a great night out on Friday at the Electra Business and Innovation Awards. Congratulations to the winners - more on that in this month's Business News.

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And the winners are...

The business community enjoyed a fantastic night out last Friday at the event of the year - the Horowhenua Kāpiti Business and Innovation Awards.

Hosted by Business Kāpiti Horowhenua Inc (BKH) and supported by Council, the awards give local business a chance to shine.

Congratulations to all the 2022 winners!

Electra Business of the Year 2022 - Sustainable Foods Ltd
Manufacturing, Production and Processing - Sustainable Foods Ltd
Hospitality, Entertainment and Tourism - Kapiti Island Nature Tours
Professional and Business Services, or Technology - Essence Architectural Design
Not for Profit, Community and Public Services - The Shed Project Kāpiti
Consumer Services - TBI Health
Construction and Trades - Techlam
Retail - Orba Shoes
New/Emerging Award - Pipi Learning
Small Business Award - We Love Local
Innovation Award - Techlam
Sustainability Award - Sustainable Foods Ltd
Top Shop - Kāpiti - Relish Café and Catering
Hall of Fame - Kāpiti, sponsored by Kāpiti Coast District Council - John Barrett and Wendy Huston
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Food and Beverage Sector Opportunities for the Kāpiti Coast

The Economic Development Kotahitanga Board recently engaged First Retail Group to undertake research into Kāpiti Coast’s food and beverage sector.

Research findings have been compiled into a Food and Beverage Cluster Report, which was presented to food and beverage stakeholders in September.

The objective of the research was to develop a picture of how the sector is evolving, understand stakeholder-led requirements for success, and determine potential funding sources for cluster concepts.

The report provides a roadmap for the continued success of the F&B sector. It found that a network cluster group and precinct groups could elevate existing relationships to improve communication and productivity.

The next step is resourcing the industry to undertake the development of the F&B clusters in alignment with this strategy.
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Launch of campaign to support tourism

This week we launched our new Shop and Dine campaign which is designed to support local retail and hospitality businesses. 

Starting with Raumati Beach, the campaign will roll out over the next four weeks, just in time for summer and Christmas shopping. 
Please check out our Facebook page and support the campaign by sharing across your channels.
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Update on the sustainable business network

Pakihi Toitū o Kāpiti was launched in July this year as FREE network and resource to help businesses operate more sustainably.

We have welcomed over 40 businesses so far and have many asked about services that are needed or available and what other businesses are doing in this area.

On the Pakihi Toitū o Kāpiti website we have included a new section, Tried & Tested, which will cover projects and services that businesses can utilise and contribute to.

There are also new articles discussing local initiatives on our News & Insights page:
- Food to Farm - Organic Wealth's food scrap collection service
- The Tohorā Community Art Project - waste in waterways inspires community art installation.

If you have any suggestions for an article on the Pakihi Toitū o Kāpiti website or a question you would like to see answered, please email us.

The Kai Commitment

The Kai Collective is holding a FREE online workshop this Wednesday for food sector businesses to learn more about the Kai Commitment initiative and how it can align to your sustainability priorities. Supported by the Ministry for the Environment, Kai Commitment is here to support F&B businesses to:

  1. Set a target and actions to reduce food waste and measure your progress, supported by global best practice
  2. Have the opportunity to identify cost savings and new revenue streams
  3. Collaborate across the supply chain on shared food waste challenges
  4. Showcase leadership and success, including through collective reporting

Read more in the What's On section below.

Join the network

The Kai Collective

The Kai Commitment is a voluntary agreement among food sector businesses designed to reduce food waste across the food supply chain.

Register for the information webinar to find out more.

Wednesday 5 October, 12pm-1pm

Launch of the Tohorā Community Art Project

Business owners are warmly invited to attend the celebration of the launch of the Tohorā Community Art Project. 

If your business has sustainable goals, the story of this art installation made entirely from waste product will be of interest to you.

Wednesday 5 October 5.30pm
Creative Manaaki Gallery, Kiwibank Paraparaumu
Find out more
Chamber of Commerce networking events

Come along to these Chamber events and meet like-minded businesspeople.
Kāpiti Coast Business Networking - Tuatara Brewery, Tuesday 11 October, 5.30pm

Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce BA5: Hosted by Kāpiti BNI - The Waterfront, Wednesday 26 October, 5.30pm

Women in Business Coffee Connections - Sunday Cantina, Friday 28 October, 9.15am 
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

Electra Business Breakfast - Shane Ardern, Former MP, dairy farmer, and farming activist

Shane Ardern, the "fart tax" guy will talk about the farming environment, including threats and challenges ahead, the way he sees it. An innovative dairy farmer, he will bring a different perspective to our business community.

Wednesday 2 November, 7.15am
Southward Car Museum

Changes to GST rules

IRD is changing GST rules for invoicing and record keeping. If you are GST registered you may need to update some of your business processes and systems. 

Most of the changes come into effect on 1 April 2023.

Find out more
Find and keep great people

WellingtonNZ have launched a series of videos designed to help small business recruit and retain skilled and talented people.

These tips and suggestions from Wellington business operators can help you navigate the skills shortage and learn about team culture and motivation, interviewing, attracting candidates, and much more.
Find out more
Are you ready to export?

Exporting is exciting but challenging. It takes time, money, and commitment — maybe more than you’re ready for.

Use's self-assessment tool to check if doing business overseas is for you. 

The quiz takes 5-10 minutes to complete.
Take the quiz
Webinars for event managers

NZEA are running a series of webinars for event managers aimed at improving event success now that in-person events are coming back post-pandemic:
- Your playbook for the return of in-person events
- How to ticket and price your events
- How to prove ROI for your total event programme.
Find out more
New COVID-19 guidance for business

The rules affecting businesses and workplaces around the COVID-19 pandemic have changed. 

Vaccine and mask mandates have officially been lifted and household isolation is no longer a requirement.

Check out the website for all the latest guidelines.
Find out more

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Noho ora mai,

Kāpiti Coast District Council
Economic Development Team

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