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By: Rodney Economic Development Trust  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Economic Development, High Performance Working

APEC Business Travel Card streamlines traveling for work

The APEC Business Travel Card provides business people with streamlined access to 18 countries in the Asia Pacific region, allowing you to focus on the business objectives of your trip and save valuable time while traveling. Used in conjunction with your passport the APEC Business Travel Card gives qualifying business people:

  • express immigration clearance through special APEC lanes on arrival and departure,
  • exemption from requirements for visas and entry permits,
  • multiple entry to participating countries for a stay of up to 90 days each visit.

In need of investment advice? Talk to the ICEHOUSE.

The ICEHOUSE is a business growth centre that includes business growth programmes for SMEs; a business incubator for start-ups; and New Zealand's largest group of Angel Investors. The centre is a collaborative partnership between The University of Auckland and some of New Zealand's largest companies, which was established in 2001 in recognition of the importance of SMEs to the New Zealand economy.

The ICEHOUSE identifies investment advice as a crucial area of need for start-ups and SMEs, and is able to offer advice to business owners as well as access to funds through their Seed, Angle and Growth Funding programmes.

DIY approach is innovative - but limiting

New report commissioned by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise looks at why the determined Kiwi 'do-it-yourself' attitude that drives New Zealand innovation can be the very trait that holds us back economically. The report, Playing to Our Strengths: Creating value for Kiwi firms, acknowledges the cultural traits that hold us back in international business - for example, not appreciating the true value of our inventiveness - and suggests strategies that businesses can employ to mitigate these traits.

New subsidy to boost workplace productivity

The government has announced a fresh initiative to boost workplace productivity.

The new 'High Performance Working' initiative will provide a pool of $1m per year to fund a network of specialist business consultants, who will work with businesses to promote more effective use of time and skills in the workplace.

"Achieving greater employee engagement and developing sound workplace practices is crucial to growing a successful business," Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said in a release today.

People Management Analysis

People Management Diagnostic Tool
Take this opportunity to find out how good your people management procedures are. Rodney Economic Development Trust, are pleased to offer you the chance to carry out a simple business analysis, of where your business currently stands in relation to its people management.

If your staff feel valued and part of the success of the business it follows that improved financial performance, increased profitability and strategic objectives are more likely to be met.

Every member of your company including you, needs to carry out an in confidence 'tick' exercise against approximately 20 questions. Once the forms are returned, Rodney Economic Development Trust will collate the answers, and produce a simple results analysis showing where your business is performing well, and where there are gaps. We can leave it there or offer advice and guidance as to available routes to fill the gaps.

The information in this article was current at 27 Mar 2012

Keywords: Economic Development, High Performance Working

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