By John Subritzky
After the disruption and challenges of recent Covid restrictions, local business associations are back up to speed serving their members.
Avondale Business Association (ABA) is starting to see the fruition of a lot of planning and preparation. They are upgrading the under-veranda street lighting which they own and operate. New shop signage on the veranda canopies is eligible for a subsidy.
Local MP Deborah Russell was the speaker at a recent meeting hosted by ABA. She spoke about the effects of the budget.
New Lynn Business Association (NLBA) has done a lot of work to survey members about how they are doing after Covid and how best to help them. They followed up by hosting small meetings of business owners to share the results of the survey.
NLBA also hosted a networking event where four members spoke about their organisations. It was great to get insights into people’s business journey. Rueben Sharples from the Aussie Butcher shared candidly about his roller coaster experience over the years. Then everyone present had what was called a ‘speed dating’ experience where they swapped tables and shared a short profile about their business. Everyone left with a better understanding of their colleagues after some genuine networking.