Behind the rhetoric of being ‘business-friendly’, the National government has prioritised the interests of big business and foreign corporations over small business. The Green Party considers that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of our economy, opportunities, and jobs. We are calling for a fair deal for small business, and we will support […]
We have a very long history in Aotearoa of technical and process innovation, and gutsy small and medium-sized businesses contributing in a range of ways to strong communities . I’m concerned this Government’s reform may value scale over expertise and community.
Not too many years ago the thing NZers were most likely to know about Finland is that some people from there were really good at driving fast. Then came Nokia, the remarkable company that went from making paper and gumboots to being the world leader in mobile phone technology. A recent article in the NBR […]
I was very sad to hear that Starfish clothing is closing down. I’m sad for several reasons. They’re a very local company. They started in Wellington 20 years ago and have been part of Wellington life for all that time including being active in the anti-motorway protests. Laurie Foon is a genuinely lovely woman with […]
It was a big weekend for a small Canterbury business, South Pacific Motorcycle Tours, based a few k’s west of Kaiapoi. I’m a bit of a fan of this operation, having earlier in the year been a very satisfied customer when Lindis and I hired one of their bikes for an all too brief ‘R&R’ […]
I’m not suggesting that Barack Obama has been keeping an eye on our Green party policy, but his recent highlighting of the economic and social value of small business certainly rings some familiar bells!
July has been a busy month so far, especially for my small business portfolio. On Monday 5th July I hosted a Smart Business breakfast in Christchurch. It was a cosy meeting (despite the frosty morning!) at the ‘Under the Red Verandah’ cafe with a diverse bunch of people including representatives from the renewable energy sector, coffee roasting industry […]
This morning I hosted my first Smart Business breakfast event at the Long Room in Ponsonby, Auckland. We had a great turnout, a good mix of familiar faces and ‘new’ people we met for the first time. Some really topical issues were raised, like how small business can get access to training and other support; how a co-operative model could […]
It’s good to see that other people than just the Green Party are concerned about the disruptive impacts of the GST rise on small businesses in New Zealand
The Department of Labour is currently reminding retailers of the laws around opening and closing times over this coming Easter weekend. The current law restricts shops from trading on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. That law – the Shop Trading Hours Act Repeal Act 1990 – specifies three and a half days each year on […]