Look south for new opportunities, Celia Wade-Brown tells city businesses

News from Wellington City Council
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is urging businesses in the region to look south – at the opportunities being presented as the $30 billion Christchurch rebuild hits top gear. “We can collaborate with Christchurch to help the rebuild and build economic success in the capital too.”

Mayor Wade-Brown says Christchurch-based businesses are already looking hard for partners who can help share the load as the rebuild starts to swallow up local resources and skills.

She says the actual size of the rebuild will be brought home to local businesses at the WellCan forum scheduled for 4 March in Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre.

“Christchurch business people are crying out for assistance from the manufacturing, professional and creative businesspeople in the Wellington region. These include the obvious – like architectural and engineering skills – but also more general digital-based and creative services and manufacturing.

“The momentum of the rebuild depends heavily on such skills and services. There are so many opportunities for Wellington business to help out in Christchurch and get their city back on its feet. And the forum is a great way to find out how we can assist the many businesses who are determined to stay in Christchurch and flourish.”

Mayor Wade-Brown is urging Wellington businesses to sign up for the forum. “One of the things they’ll find, if they haven’t figured it already, is that innovative companies especially do not actually have to physically shift south to be part of the rebuild.”

Wellington City Council is a key supporter of the WellCan Forum. It is working with other local councils as well as Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, Grow Wellington, ANZ Bank, Brendon Burns and Associates MACRO and the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce.

Mayor Wade-Brown says a number of Wellington-based practices – especially in the area of architecture, engineering and urban planning – are already deeply involved in the rebuild and there is plenty of room for more.

“And this is a vast project in New Zealand terms the rebuild will by no means be all over by the end of 2013 – it is expected to last for much of this decade.”

Wellington businesses already working in Christchurch will be at the forum to tell their success stories. They will be joined by more than a dozen Christchurch-based business people who will be looking to connect with Wellington businesses who can assist help them with rebuild projects

It is free to attend WellCan but interested businesses and individuals are asked to register at www.wecc.org.nz/events/special-events/wellcan-forum

Press Release – Grow Wellington
The Canterbury recovery and rebuild will pick up momentum in 2013. It is now broadly accepted that the impact of the recovery will boost the New Zealand economy for years to come.
The domestic rebuild alone will involve the construction or major repair of perhaps as many homes as exist in Hutt City – or around half the number in Wellington City.

Along with new homes, many of Christchurch’s businesses need new suppliers, new resources, potentially new partners, and new ways of doing business.

Wellington, with its strengths in design, engineering, professional services, visual technology and innovation, and its relative proximity to the South Island has several advantages when it comes to assisting with the recovery.

As Canterbury moves further into recovery there are and will continue to be, a broad range of skills and services required to ensure growth. In order to explore the opportunities that this presents to businesses in the Wellington region, WellCan – a forum for Wellington businesses and interested parties from Canterbury – will take place on March 4 at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington.

Wellington City Council is providing the key support for WellCan, working in collaboration with other councils in the region as well as Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, Grow Wellington, Brendon Burns and Associates MACRO, ANZ, and the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce (CECC).

There are already several success stories arising from Wellington innovators, entrepreneurs and businesses that are working directly on the rebuild and related efforts. WellCan will help tell those stories.

Gerard Quinn, CEO of economic development agency Grow Wellington, says “The WellCan initiative is a very positive and practical way of helping the rebuild efforts. We will support Wellington’s businesses to capitalise on opportunities from the rebuild, and the initiatives of our economic development partner the Canterbury Development Corporation.”

The forum will be opened by Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and will feature Christchurch businesses and officials as well as some of the Wellington businesses already engaged with the rebuild. It is free to attend and businesses and individuals will need to register here.

 

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