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James Woodbridge

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    Hi, great advise above and i think John has nailed it. I have little to add but following John’s piece reach out to Indigo who are the development partner in Manaaki. They are knew to the market as well but from a tech perspective and they could possibly use your skill set.
    Best of luck-James

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    Hello, Andy’s interview with the PM captured a good comment. He spoke about communication and the need, as a small business owner, to reach out beyond your normal business bubble and look for was to collaborate with complimentary business or simple share ideas with other small business owners. As much as we want the easy way out and for things to return to “normal” this will not happen for most people. We are going to have some form of restriction place upon us for quite sometime and this disruption is an opportunity & a necessity for you reassess what your expertise is and where else could you leverage this. Juanita laid out some great thoughts above but also look for new opportunities/markets such as going direct to consumers via online and start talking to other small, medium and large businesses who will all be looking for ways to bring cohesion and teamwork back into their new work environments when they get back to business.

    But right now cash is king so make sure you are reviewing your cost base, making cuts where every possible and stay on debtors list to ensure you are getting paid.
    Best wishes
    James

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    Hello, to say your not along and things will get better doesn’t help you right now. Definitely talk to your bank and landlord ASAP to minimise your exposure. Most are providing support to business owners. Make sure you are taking advantage of the wage subsidy which owners can leverage and any other subsidies MBIE is offering.

    Cash is king for everyone right now. Can you add online to your sales channel? Udemy offer excellent training online from setting up and driving online sales from as little as $10. Also investigate Shopify.

    It appears we will be out of CV19 sooner than most but tourism will be an issue longer term. If your products are locally made can you promote NZ Made and start selling on Trademe?

    Hang in there.

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    Well done on continuing to support the community by remaining open. You guys are central hub for many in smaller communities. Two comments – be prepared when folks are allowed out as most of us will be looking for treat food!! Being a chef yourself are you able to do some online content for the local community to give them ideas on what else they could be cooking while in lock down? Linked recipes back to products you stock and this added value service could be a win for you now and long term.

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    Hey Grant, a question to understand is how has CV19 disrupted your customer base. Do they have jobs? Has their discretionary income changed? It maybe that you need to be targeting new customers. Unless cashflow has jeopardised the business don’t consider discounting. Strengthen up your communication own what you are really good at at communicate this back to existing and new customers to start with. No one knows exactly what the trading environment will be like going forward although many are taking educated guesses. Stick with what you do well and remain flexible to change should circumstances change.

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    Hi Nigel,
    lots of good ideas above from Anna. The Club funding model is going to damaged for sometime across all sports. Trust money has/is drying up quickly and sponsorship has been disrupted. It strikes me that schools and direct channels are where you should be putting your energy. It will be important to remain fluid and be in a positioning to react quickly when restrictions lift. I expect there will be bubble as school resume and kids are going to want to be active again (whenever that maybe??). Stay connected to your current customers, while they have some down time encourage them to review their requirements and place pre-orders pending lockdown restrictions lifting. Best of luck

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    Hello, you might surprise yourself with the timing. As people reassess or are reminded of their values you could well find that this crisis brings opportunity for your business as families get focussed on budgeting and budgeting tools. Parents have become actively engaged in delivering their kids some form of education and it sounds like your practical and fun online tool is perfect. An oily rag won’t get you to far and Vickys comments above are really good. Media are looking for new content and positive stories so don’t be afraid to reach out to people at say the AM Show (Duncan or Mark), The Project, Hilary at Seven Sharp. As we come together more as community ensure your friends and social networks know all about what your doing and ask them to spread the word. Give them some free product so they can become advocates for you. I have no doubt a product like this is sadly missing from kids general education. Stay positive – you’re onto a winner.

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    All good points above. I’d just add that some if not all your clients may well be shedding marketing staff. Are you and your team in a position to be able to offer to fill the gaps temporarily or on a longer term contractual basis and be seen to be supporting your clients “new” business when we are on the other side of CV19? Vickys last comment is the priority I suggest. Cash is king right now so pull in all your receivables with a personal call. Best of luck

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    More detail please as I may have a solution for you.

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    Hi Layla, if your objective is simply to get some PR exposure on TV I am sure the TV producers are looking for positive NZ content right now. You should reach out to the producers of shows you’ve mentioned with a synopsis of your success story and see if they will support you with a short segment. To leverage this make sure you are setup with eComm back end so you can start to convert any interest into potential sales or sales leads. If you need some support on this visit the Udemy website that will provide you with excellent eCommerce training to leverage the PR you generate. Good luck and stick with it. New businesses are not easy (especially now) but having some clientele international will certainly help you.

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    Hi Layla, if your objective is simply to get some PR exposure on TV I am sure the TV producers are looking for positive NZ content right now. You should reach out to the producers of shows you’ve mentioned with a synopsis of your success story and see if they will support you with a short segment. To leverage this make sure you are setup with eComm back end so you can start to convert any interest into potential sales or sales leads. If you need some support on this visit the Udemy website that will provide you with excellent eCommerce training to leverage the PR you generate. Good luck and stick with it. New businesses are not easy (especially now) but having some clientele international will certainly help you.

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    All great ideas above. Also think about including finding some fun stuff online to keep spirits up and some camaraderie!

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    Hi, in this gig economy there are some interesting things happening. The best one I’ve seen is the idea of setting up a partnership with local bars or clubs (even RSA’s). Some of the up and coming barbers set up a chair and patrons can get a haircut while they are having a beer with their mates! You pay the bar/club owner a fixed amount for being on premise or a % of takings. It’s a great customer experience and has the advantage that you have virtually no overhead costs and you are visiting the customer in their habitat!

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    Hello Marian, this is not an isolated case and all retailers on a lease will be having similar concerns. The reality is, is that landlords will continue to need tenants when the crisis has passed. It is far more efficient for landlords to hold onto current tenants than look to find new ones. Hence your client is perhaps not in as bad a situation as she/he thinks. In the initial instance I would recommend your client continues to discuss the situation with their landlord and seek a further lease holiday. Radnor may come back and agree to this on the basis that your client pays an increased leased in the future when the business is back on their feet.

    As an aside, it is starting to appear we are getting on top of CV19 and it may be just a matter of weeks now before level 4 is lifted so encourage your client to hang in there and reach out to MBIE to understand other ways they maybe supporting businesses.

    Good luck