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Business Insight Series

Navigating through the diverse challenges and opportunities in today’s ever-evolving business landscape requires not just skill, but also insightful wisdom and strong strategies. 

Introducing our Business Insight Series – your business series to support and inspire you through all areas of business from change, disruption, and innovation. 

Confidence Through Every Business Phase:
Get Started, Scale Up, Lead Forward: Benefit from tools, guides, and advice from a range of business leaders to support you in every stage of your business journey.

Gaining an understanding across a range of topics will impact your daily operations.  This is beneficial for making strategic shifts, ensuring optimal outcomes for both your team and business. In this series, hear from a diverse array of business leaders across various sectors and adhering to distinct business principles. The insights from these business leaders will help your business with a foundation of learning, adaptation, and resilient growth, supporting your endeavors in a strategic approach amidst a range of business environments.

These series are released weekly, please see our episode below.

Our Previous Speakers

Business Insight with
Christina Rogstad

Join us for an insightful webinar featuring Christina Rogstad from the Franklin local board of Auckland Council.

Christina will be sharing valuable information about the economic and commercial developments happening in the Franklin region – a key area in Auckland and New Zealand.

📅 Date: Friday 5 July 2024
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Dave Knight

In this webinar, David Knight from Hear Say Do will dive into five key activities that successful salespeople are doing to thrive in the current economic climate.

From the importance of getting out there and meeting customers to the power of learning and prospecting daily, we will explore how a service-oriented approach to sales can lead to greater satisfaction and success.

Join us as we discuss practical strategies for building enduring customer relationships and finding fulfillment in your sales career.

📅 Date: Thursday 27 June 2024
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Raj Tiwari and Hamish Bowen

In this webinar you will hear from experts from Grant Thornton in New Zealand, Hamish Bowen and Raj Tiwari, discuss the growing importance of cybersecurity in business.

They provide insights into the global trends and costs of cybercrime, emphasising the need for businesses to prioritise security measures.

With a focus on the New Zealand landscape, the speakers delve into case studies and highlight the risks faced by small and medium-sized businesses.

📅 Date: Friday 21 June 2024
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Dr. Kumar Laxman

In this webinar, Dr. Kumar Laxman, a former associate professor at the University of Auckland, shares insights and trends on strategies for turning SMEs into learning organisations. He discusses the importance of investing in training and development for employees and provides a step-by-step guide on how to create and implement learning and development programmes.

Dr. Laxman emphasises the need for a comprehensive framework to guide the training process and highlights principles of effective training, such as active engagement, communication, and real-world problem-solving tasks. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge on how to enhance employee skills and competencies to drive business growth.

📅 Date: Friday 14 June 2024
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Sam Boakes

In this webinar you will from hear  Sam Boakes, where he will share tips on how to grow your business through lead generation.

Many companies struggle to meet sales targets because they don’t have enough potential clients. Sam will talk about why lead generation is important for business growth and how it can help you make more money.

📅 Date: Friday 7 June 2024
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Kim Larking

In this webinar you will hear from Kim Larking. The webinar focuses on the theme of elevating global consciousness and bettering the world through personal self-development and empowerment.

Kim shares insights from his book, which offers tools and techniques for individuals to enhance their mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. He emphasises the importance of taking control of one’s health and well-being, and highlights the significance of maintaining a balanced and dynamic state in the face of daily stressors.

📅 Date: Friday 31 May 2024
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Stephanie Pow

This webinar provides valuable insights into the importance of parental leave and the statutory entitlements for both employees and employers.

Stephanie Pow, the founder of Crayon, shares her expertise on the topic and offers guidance on how to create a great parental leave experience for employees, especially in challenging economic times.

📅 Date: Friday 24 May 2024
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Brenda James

In this video you will hear from Brenda James – Leadership and Mindset Coach.

Brenda discusses the dynamic nature of leadership and business, emphasising the need for adaptability and resilience in the face of constant change.

She reflects on the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and encourages viewers to focus on what they can control, turn inward, and become more self-aware.

Quoting Lao Tzu, Brenda highlights the importance of knowing oneself and standing for what one believes in.

📅 Date: Friday 17 May 2024
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Ian Woolford

Ian Woolford, the Director of Money and Cash at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, discusses the concept of digital cash and the ongoing consultation on central bank digital currency (CBDC).

Ian highlights the key characteristics of digital cash, including its issuance by the Reserve Bank, value anchor role, two-tier distribution model through private sector entities, and focus on privacy and security.

📅 Date: Friday 10 May 2024
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
David Knight

Hear from David Knight from Hear Say Do talking about leveraging both research and real-world experience, Hear Say Do have created sales models for today’s business-to-business sales environment.

Through training, coaching and advisory services, they give you the techniques you need to improve your sales performance.

📅 Date: Friday 3 May 2024
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor, co-founder of Taxi shared the journey launching Taxi, a new product aimed at providing short-term working capital to businesses using the provisional tax framework.

Taxi simplifies the process for businesses, enabling them to access funds secured by their tax payments within three days, with flexible repayment options and no penalties for early repayment

📅 Date: Friday 12 April 2024
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Denis Gianoutsos

In this video Denis Gianoutsos will talk about adapting and thriving in a changing world, focusing on the challenges faced by leaders and business owners in today’s fast-paced environment.

Denis emphasises the importance of not only navigating through change but also leading it effectively. He highlights common themes and insights gathered from interviews with leaders worldwide.

The discussion touches on the significance of connecting with others, taking people on the journey, and the necessity of adapting quickly to stay relevant in today’s world.

📅 Date: Friday 22 March 2024
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Tony Nicholls

In tomorrow’s video, Tony Nicholls will share his expertise on navigating the media landscape and leveraging PR to amplify messages effectively.

Drawing from his experience as a former journalist, Tony will delve into the intricacies of building profiles, countering narratives, and establishing credibility in the issues-rich space.

📅 Date: Friday 15 March 2024
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Brent Wilton

It tomorrow’s video Brent Wilton will delve into the critical emerging issues surrounding market access and corporate responsibility.

Brent will talk about  the evolving landscape of social and ethical expectations within business operations.

He will also navigate through various frameworks such as ESG, sustainability, and responsible business conduct, underlining the shift towards mandatory standards and regulatory oversight.

📅 Date: Friday 8 March 2024
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Arunima Dhingra

Get ready to watch the latest episode of our business insight series tomorrow! The video will be posted at 12pm on Friday. Make sure to get comfortable and enjoy!

In tomorrow’s video, Arunima Dhingra from Aims Global will talk about the changes in the New Zealand immigration system, specifically focusing on the accredited employer system. The accredited employer system is explained as an employer-led system for hiring migrant workers from overseas, and the upcoming changes that may require accreditation for workers on different visa types.

Arunima highlights the importance of the industry voice in conveying the needs of New Zealand and businesses to the government.

📅 Date: Friday 23 February 2024
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Garth Sinclair

In this video, we’ll explore the foundation’s mission to simplify giving for generous Aucklanders who wish to make a difference in their community. From corporate entities to individuals, the Auckland Foundation provides a framework for philanthropy, offering donor-advised funds and special purpose funds to support a variety of causes.

📅 Date: Friday 16 February 2024
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Crispin Robertson

Join us for the Auckland Business Chambers Business Insights webinar series this week, where we will be discussing the recent market report on salaries by consult recruitment. The report, aptly named “What’s the Back,” provides valuable insights into the current job market.

One of the key findings from the report is the presence of cautious optimism in the job market.

And also describes hiring behavior over the next 12 months. More than 50% of respondents plan to maintain their current workforce, while 20% anticipate growth.

The repost delves into the ease of finding talent in the market and touches on the impact of immigration and the movement of professionals to Australia.

Join us for the webinar to delve deeper into these findings and gain a better understanding of the job market in Auckland.

📅 Date: Friday 8 December 2023
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Suzannah Jessep

In this video, Suzannah Jessep presents the latest and highly reliable results from a groundbreaking study on New Zealanders’ perceptions of Asia. The findings are not only fascinating but also incredibly encouraging for anyone interested in the future of New Zealand’s relations with Asia.

With a sample size of over 2300 New Zealanders, this study provides a comprehensive and accurate representation of the views and opinions of the population. It reveals that an overwhelming 72% of adults believe that Asia is of utmost importance to New Zealand’s future.

What’s even more inspiring is that 80% of New Zealanders emphasise the need to develop political, economic, and social ties with Asia. This figure represents a significant increase from just five years ago, indicating a positive shift in attitudes and a strong desire to forge meaningful connections with our Asian neighbours.

While the study acknowledges the challenges posed by trade tensions, COVID-19, and concerns around Taiwan and decoupling, it is heartening to see that the importance of Asia to New Zealand has only grown stronger. This resilience and determination to navigate these challenges and build stronger ties with Asia is truly commendable.

This video is a must-watch for anyone interested in the future of New Zealand’s relations with Asia. The study’s findings provide valuable insights for decision-makers, policymakers, and businesses, enabling them to shape policies and strategies that will strengthen New Zealand’s position in the region.

📅 Date: Friday 1 December 2023
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Logan Wedgwood

In this video Logan Wedgewood, discusses the importance of being prepared for exit and succession in business.

He emphasises the need to plan and prepare for these events early on in order to maximise the value of the business. Logan shares statistics and data on the percentage of businesses that are successfully sold and the percentage of businesses that have an exit plan.

He also discusses different options for selling a business, such as outright sale, transfer of ownership, or merging with another company. Logan explains the concept of selling a business based on a multiple of EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) and highlights the importance of strategic acquisitions for achieving higher multiples.

He also briefly mentions the option of an initial public offering (IPO), although he notes that this is less common in New Zealand.

Don’t miss out on the valuable business insights.

📅 Date: Friday 24 November 2023
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Anna Mowbray

Join us for an inspiring webinar featuring Anna Mowbray, co-founder of global business powerhouse Zuru, as she shares her remarkable journey in the world of entrepreneurship and introduces her exciting new venture, Zeil! 🚀

Anna’s story is one of innovation, resilience, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Learn how she disrupted the toy industry with Zuru, challenging conventional norms, and how those lessons are now shaping the HR tech space with Zeil.

Discover the secrets behind her success, from pivoting in the face of challenges to the importance of staying passionately engaged in your work. If you’re interested in entrepreneurship, HR tech, or simply seeking inspiration for your career, this webinar is a must-attend event.

Join us and be prepared to be motivated and informed by Anna’s incredible insights!

📅 Date: Friday 13 November 2023
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Logan Wedgwood

Does your business have a strategy?

During this discussion Logan Wedgewood will explain what strategy is and what it isn’t. Practical tools and resources will be provided to help you navigate the complexities of strategy implementation.

One of the fundamental questions addressed in this video is how to know if you have a strategy in the first place.  If you can’t explain your strategy simply, then you probably don’t have one. As Albert Einstein famously said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

The goal of this video is to help you achieve clarity in your strategy, enabling you to articulate it in a way that engages and inspires your team.

The critical link between strategy and execution will also be explored in this video. As Maurice Chang wisely stated, “Strategy without execution is useless.” But executing a strategy that lacks clarity is equally challenging. The aim of this video is to guide you towards achieving a level of clarity that empowers successful execution.

Get ready for an enlightening conversation filled with valuable insights, practical tools, and engaging discussions.

📅 Date: Friday 10 November 2023
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Megan Main

In this engaging video, Megan Main emphasises the importance of putting prevention at the heart of everything they do. With a focus on embedding prevention into workplaces, Megan highlights that the best way to address injuries is to avoid them altogether. She shares compelling evidence that at least 90% of injuries are simply avoidable, making prevention better than cure.

Megan encourages businesses to consider the long-term impacts of their decisions and to create a culture in the workplace that not only prevents workplace injuries but also non-work injuries. ACC is currently piloting prevention programs in various industries to address non-work injuries, recognising that even injuries outside of work can still impact an individual’s ability to work.

Don’t miss out on the useful insights.

📅 Date: Friday 3 November 2023
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Logan Wedgwood

In this video, the speaker Logan Wedgewood dives into the importance of execution in businesses and introduces a framework and software that can help improve it.

He shares intriguing statistics and insights along the way, including a surprising comparison between New Zealanders and their Irish counterparts. He also raises thought-provoking questions about the prevalence of great strategies and effective execution in businesses, which may surprise viewers.

Logan also highlights the frustration experienced by senior leadership teams who struggle to see progress in their businesses and provide entertaining evidence of the common frustrations people have with meetings.

The video promises to be informative, interactive, and fun.

📅 Date: Friday 27 October 2023
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Chris Bull

In this informative and engaging webinar, join us as we delve into the world of cybersecurity and learn how to mitigate the risks associated with cyber attacks.

Led by Chris Bull, the director of Clarity Insurance, this webinar is designed for both small business owners and corporate executives who want to understand their cyber exposures and take proactive steps to safeguard their sensitive data. Chris will share real-life examples of cyber attacks, highlighting the financial implications and reputational damage that businesses can face, will also provide practical tips and high-level strategies that can potentially save your business from cyber threats.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights from a cybersecurity expert. Join us for this engaging webinar and learn how to protect your business from the ever-present risk of cyber attacks.

📅 Date: Friday 20 October 2023
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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Business Insight with
Andrew Fairgray

Andrew speaks about starting, surviving, reviving, and thriving which is a focus in their Shaping Business Survey. Andrew speaks about how it is important to understand New Zealand business marketplace, rather than just think you know it as well as talking about productivity which New Zealand has seen a drastic decline in, and why it needs to have some focus placed on it.

📅 Date: Friday 13 October 2023
🌐 Digital Event: Social Media

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