A big year ahead: Leeann Watson

I hope that you had an enjoyable summer, and the new year has started well for you.

I would like to take the opportunity to outline Business Canterbury’s advocacy priorities for what is going to be another big year for local businesses. As we start 2024, Business Canterbury is focused on ensuring the timely post-election implementation of policies that will enable Canterbury businesses to thrive.

This includes monitoring policies outlined in pre-election campaigning, coalition agreements, and the Government’s 100-day plan.

Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive

Our focus is also on pragmatic issues that are real pain points for business, or simply get in the way of you doing business.

Examples include reviewing the Holidays Act, increasing access and funding for research and development, setting appropriate minimum wage rises, and securing infrastructure investments through city and regional deals provide the right environment for business growth and increased productivity.

Also early this year, the Christchurch City Council will be consulting on its next Long-Term Plan. We will be engaging with our members and gathering feedback on what they would like to see prioritised by local government as our city and our region looks ahead to 2034.

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