December 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, one can take a moment to reflect on the main points and what next year might look like.

On the political front, it has been a conservative year with the drivers for change being primarily offshore and economic. The stubborn NZ dollar finally receded, providing some welcome respite for exporters, having peaked in July 2014. Our low interest rates, coupled with very low inflation is expected to continue for some time yet, with growth expectations at 2.4% over the next period.

Here at GETBA, it has been a very busy year. We kicked it off with the Prime Minister’s lunch followed by bi-monthly speakers including the Auckland Transport C.E.O.  We have advocated on your behalf on a range of Auckland Council plans and proposals, and appeared at Unitary Plan hearings.

On the education front, the SME Leadership programme was well received and we are planning to run a refined programme next year. The Business Owners Forums were well attended and will be continued in 2016.  We’re pleased to announce the new People Essentials series which replaces the previous Management Bites seminars.

Crime Prevention remains a top priority with the use of the latest technology and partnership with NZ Police and security companies working well.  East Tamaki business burglary statistics over the last few months are down on the same period last year.

2016 should be a good year for most of our GETBA businesses.  Construction activity will be very high, exporters will see favourable conditions, and the services sector is expected to enjoy a level of high activity. Interest rates are expected to remain low and this should keep the NZ$ in check.

On behalf of the GETBA Committee, and from the GETBA team, we wish you a very enjoyable Christmas and New Year and we look forward to doing our best to help you and your business in 2016.

Richard Poole