Kapiti Economic Development Association KEDA



For Immediate Release

20 April, 2020

Business Support Network Launched for Kapiti

Local businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown can now turn to professional advisers in Kapiti for free initial advice on how to move forward as the economy enters recovery mode.

A group of local professionals have formed a business support network, sponsored by the Kapiti Economic Development Agency (KEDA), offering their services in a wide range of fields including financial and accountancy advice, human resources management, legal advice, information technology, e-commerce, supply chain management, marketing, mental wellbeing and business mentoring.

Liz Koh, Chair of KEDA, says the support from local professionals has been overwhelmingly positive. ‘I am blown away by the response we have had to this initiative. It just goes to show what a caring community we have. It also demonstrates a recognition that we are all in this together – that if we help others succeed, we will all succeed.’

Support is accessed online at www.BusinessSupportNetwork.nz which contains a directory of advisers offering help. Businesses can contact advisers directly using the contact details shown or register for free as needing help in specific areas. Resources such as key documents, important links, up-coming and pre-recorded webinars can also be found on the site, and there is a forum where businesses can discuss issues that are of concern to them. The website has been founded by KEDA member Glen Olsen, a specialist in the positive transformation of business through technological innovation.

Olsen says that once successfully established in Kapiti, he plans to roll the Business Support Network out to other regions in New Zealand, creating a nationwide support network.


About KEDA

The Kāpiti Coast has the potential to be one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand in the coming decades and it’s vital that we don’t let the opportunities before us slip by. To that end, a group of leading Kapiti business and professional people have volunteered their time to establish the Kapiti Economic Development Agency (KEDA), which aims to connect locals who are passionate about the Kāpiti Coast with innovative projects that will help support more jobs, higher incomes, and maintain the great lifestyle that makes Kāpiti the place we love to call home.

Members of the community with skills and interests in Economic Development are encouraged to join KEDA at www.keda.nz

About the Business Support Network

Small & medium-sized businesses in New Zealand are finding themselves in a changing and challenging environment. Many of these businesses need support from the wider New Zealand business community and professionals.

Our mission is to provide an efficient platform, through which professionals and business can come together to minimize the longer-term economic and likely mental-wellbeing impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Business Support Network is free for both professionals and businesses to join at www.BusinessSupportNetwork.nz

For more information contact:

Liz Koh
M: 021 313339
E: liz.koh@moneymax.co.nz

Glen Olsen
M: 0224 169 770
E: glen.olsen@businesssupportnetwork.nz

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