The global COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a shift to a digital world and Techweek2020 is no different. The annual event series, which celebrates innovation in the New Zealand tech industry, will be digitally led for the very first time in 2020.

Development West Coast presented to webinars during Techweek 2020. 

Social Media: Building Your Brand

This webinar was presented by Stuart Dillon-Roberts  I  Digital Journey


This webinar focuses on businesses who are new to using social media and for those that use it a small amount but would like to see better results. It is also relevant for businesses who wish to increase their social media use as part of their COVID-19 recovery.

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ECommerce

This webinar was presented by Stuart Dillon-Roberts  I  Digital Journey

Now more than ever it has been proven vital, as a business, to have an E commerce website to sell your products.

Doing business online means different things to different businesses. For some it means a place to sell products and services. For others, it means a place to showcase what’s offered at a physical shop. Either way, you’ll need a dedicated online presence for your customers to find you: your own website or your own space in an online marketplace.

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TW20 Facebook Now Digital

51 percent increase in domestic visitors over winter holidays.

New data comparing domestic visitor numbers from this year’s winter school holidays to last year’s shows the West Coast enjoying a boost of 50.7%.

A report from Data Ventures commissioned by Tourism New Zealand shows Kaikoura had the biggest increase at 56.2%, followed by the West Coast 50.7%, Fiordland 46.5% and Marlborough 43.9%.

14,010 tourists visited the West Coast during the winter school holidays, compared to 9,300 the year before - an increase of 4,710 visitors.

Additional data from MBIE / Marketview-Paymark shows accommodation spend on the West Coast was up 47.9% for the week ended 16 July compared to the previous year, and total retail spend up 20.6%.

DWC Regional Tourism Manager Jim Little says the data confirms anecdotal feedback.

“Having recently been to Karamea, Charleston, Westport, Reefton and Franz Josef the feedback has been that many operators have experienced one of the best winter holidays on record.

“However, we expect it to slow down a bit until the next school holidays. DWC has a major campaign planned to stimulate demand."

 

Sources:
https://reports.dataventures.nz/population/20200720-tourism-new-zealand-school-holidays-report-20th-july-2020.html
https://mbienz.shinyapps.io/card_spend_covid19/

 

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Additional funding for Regional Business Partners Network.

Development West Coast (DWC) is pleased with the Government’s announcement that $40m will be allocated into the Regional Business Partners (RBP) network.

Ministers Nash and Twyford have announced a further $40 million for the RBP Network for COVID-19 business advisory support, on top of $15 million invested since March.

DWC capability and growth manager Fiona Hill, who looks after the RBP programme for the West Coast, says DWC has been supporting West Coast enterprises at unprecedented levels since Alert Level 4 restrictions were put in place.

Before the initial funding ran out, DWC allocated $160,000 in COVID-19 business advisory voucher funding for professional services to around 75 West Coast businesses.

"We're thrilled the Government has allocated more funding towards this much-needed service,” Fiona says.

“The demand we received for advisory support highlights the stress and pressure many business owners have been under.”

Through the COVID-19 business advisory fund, DWC can connect firms to expert advice at no cost to the business. Advice covers topics like business strategy, finance and cash flow, continuity planning, HR and employment relations, marketing and digital enablement strategies, and health and wellness for owners and staff.

West Coast businesses impacted by COVID-19 looking to access this funding should first register their business on the RBP network (https://covid19.nzte.govt.nz/page/regional-business-partner-network).

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COVID-19 support

Government announces $10m for RBP Programme.

The Government has just announced a $10m investment to support small and medium tourism businesses impacted by COVID-19 to get expert advice.

Funding from the Tourism Transitions Programme will be provided to the Regional Business Partners (RBP) network which will in turn link businesses to professional advice, at no cost.

DWC Capability and Growth Manager Fiona Hill, who looks after the RBP programme for the West Coast, says tourism businesses impacted by Covid-19 may be eligible for up to $5,000 worth of advice and expertise.

“This could include advice from marketing experts, financial advisers or other business experts about the best way forward including strategic planning advice, adapting their marketing strategy and re-targeting towards the domestic market”.

Tourism businesses impacted by COVID-19 looking to access this funding should first register their business on the RBP network (https://covid19.nzte.govt.nz/page/regional-business-partner-network).

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Tourism Advisory

 

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Conversations with West Coast business alumni.

Kia Ora and welcome to DWC's Forever a Coaster business interview series. Dame Julie Christie will be chatting with successful business people who may no longer be living on the West Coast, but are forever connected and are therefore Forever a Coaster.

 

Episodes 

 

1: Jake Millar - Founder and CEO of Unfiltered.tv

 

2. Hayley Horan (Jones) - AgTech / Tech Sector Lead at NZTE

 

3. Lou Sanson - Director-General, Department of Conservation

 

4. Janna Sullivan - Legal Council, The Story Lab

 

5. Barry Guerin - CEO of Diplomat NZ

 

6. Mike Burrell - Executive Director at Sustainable Business Council NZ