Awards a First For the Region
By Dougal McGowan, OCCI, CEO | Posted: Thursday June 27, 2019
Another new initiative for business this year is Otago Exporter Awards.
This is another first for the region with awards focusing only on those that export.
As a country that is an island miles away from our nearest neighbours, exporting and the success of exporters is vital to our country, employment and the welfare of its people.
In the South, we have always depended on a strong export economy. Our primary sector and great ports have provided great opportunities whether in the primary sector or manufacturing to get our high-quality products to market. Currently we are seeing some of the strongest numbers for exports in some time and most of this is coming from that primary sector.
But exporting is so much more than that now. There is light industry and exporters using light technology, the internet, that also export through their hi-tech companies and products.
These awards look to cover all of these industries so that we can celebrate the diversity of outstanding business and the best of what the region has to offer the world. The overall winners will then be entered into the New Zealand Export awards later in the year.
After the outstanding success of last year’s fantastic Westpac Otago Business awards, we look forward to celebrating yet again with incredible businesses from the region and join with them to tell their stories.
For more information feel free to visit www.otagoexportawards.co.nz.
The Dunedin City Council has released its first proposal for the George St upgrade.
We can see how important that process is going to be with the current burst pipes at the intersection of London and George Sts, causing considerable changes to traffic patterns and people able to access businesses and services. Doing nothing, given the age of the underground infrastructure, is not an option. These must be upgraded and future-proofed for the generations to come.
However, what happens above ground requires careful consideration and planning.
The consultation period and engagement with all groups will be essential to its success and creating a vibrant heart of the city.
We have seen the effect elsewhere when retail is dispersed throughout the city and this often has the opposite effect of what was first envisioned, which was a vibrant inner-city centre.
We all saw what happened with the bus hub and hopefully we have learnt our lessons, have our say and truly create a city centre that is a place we all want to visit and be proud of.