Tauranga Business Recovery Package 14 Oct 2011

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Tauranga Business Recovery Package

Tauranga Chamber of Commerce today announced that it is working with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to develop recommendations around a potential package of assistance to businesses affected by the Rena incident.

Chamber CEO Max Mason today said, “Many of our visitor based and commercial fishing businesses have already been hit hard by the Rena incident, and will need support if they are to survive. Suppliers to these industries also need to be factored in. We will be working with Tourism Bay of Plenty and representatives from the commercial fishing industry to develop recommendations on how government can assist them.”

A model is being developed to more clearly understand the number and scale of people affected. Visitor industry stakeholder meetings will be held on Tuesday and Thursday next week to get input, suggestions and feedback.

Mr Mason said, “Naturally we need to factor-in further developments in relation to amount of oil spilled and the likely clean up time. Hopefully the scale of the environmental impact will become clearer next week, and we can move quickly in developing some recommendations to assist our businesses.”

Other support available through the Chamber includes:

A website for the business community to keep up to date with information and resources – www.bizactionBOP.org.nz

A helpline for business recovery advice - 0800 BAYBIZ (229 249)

An excellent 88 page Crisis Recovery Manual (from Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce) on the above website

Free training courses on crisis planning and management, scenario planning, financial restructuring and cash flow management, insurance issues post crisis, new revenue generation strategies, managing stress post crisis, and managing crisis based employment issues

Experienced mentors are available to support SMEs

Business advisors can provide crisis recovery advice to back up the training courses

The many offers of support from organisations who have offered to assist, will be co-ordinated so the right people receive the right help.


14 October 2011

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