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That was the question that faced political financial heavyweights at the high-spirited ASB Great Debate in Queenstown last night, hosted by Queenstown Chamber of Commerce.  Labour's finance minister Grant Robertson, National finance spokesman Paul Goldsmith, Greens co-leader James Shaw, NZ First minister Fletcher Tabuteau, and Act New Zealand leader David Seymour were all in town to state their case. Queenstown's mayor Jim Boult,...
It was with great trepidation that we asked local businesses to tell us how they were traveling in a recent JobFix Survey. Local business is what drives our town. How the local business community feels affects us all. At the time the survey was due to be conducted, Auckland had just been locked back down unexpectedly, severely impacting local business. If the results were ugly, we were all looking at a tough few months. So, we gulped and...
The number of open jobs advertised is steadily rising again with August recording a total of 169 open roles. This is an additional 28 jobs than in July and up 41 jobs from June. To put that in context that’s up 19% and 32% respectively. It goes without saying that’s a world away from the 760 roles JobFix was advertising this time last year. There are also two broad sectors that are not seeing any let up in open roles. Firstly,...
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Firstly, a very big thank you to the local businesses that have already filled out the Business Confidence Survey. The world has completely flipped and the data we are seeing for the Queenstown market is patchy and Government data generally includes Otago and Dunedin which is not meaningful for this area. As a result, with the help of the QLDC Economic team and the Queenstown Chamber we’ve launched the first of a regular business...
The JobFix newsletter headline back in March read – Heading into Uncharted Waters. It sounds quite prophetic now, and certainly, nothing has really changed in the 100 days or so since. Back in March and prior to the Covid lockdown there was a school of thought that hiring freezes were being implemented as a slow-down was on the horizon.  That slowdown was actually the start of the global pandemic and New Zealand is...
Think Local campaign There is a lot of commentary about buying local currently and for good reason. Covid has put the focus back on the home market. That should include your advertising. The number of truly local media brands is dropping quickly. The figure of 90% of the advertising dollars going to Facebook and Google is one that’s used often. An investment with these two is essential to business, we use them ourselves but it...
Lakes Weekly is our hyper-local weekly publication. What makes it unique is hand-delivered to every business in Queenstown, Arrowtown, Frankton, Five Mile, QT Central and along Glenda Drive. The reaction from readers since our return in May, to having the publication hand delivered is one of joy on a Tuesday morning. This ensures your ads are working. Bright smiles and hearty thanks with commentary on its size and what’s in it great...
It’s hard at present for any business to consider how much marketing to undertake. We are in uncharted territory with no history to loom back to for planning purposes. But its common sense as well that to come back from complete closure and through to the next financial year requires promotion. What we do know is budgets have consolidated and are focused on the local market especially while Destination Queenstown and some of the larger...
Breathing life into the downtown area. Scott Stevens, penned this weeks editorial that was very well received. If you didn’t get a chance to read it – here it is again.   Editorial I am making a big effort to get back into Queenstown’s CBD, and as I poke about in my white coat and stethoscope, I detect a faint pulse. With the greatest respect to the tremendous efforts and stress it has taken to reopen, our...
We’ve restructured recently and we want you to know. Our product suite has been refined to JobFix, the Lakes Weekly in print and online edition and the Queenstown App. Source Magazine and QTV are not being produced for the time being. We are hoping to bring these back but this is very much based on the trading conditions. The team. Firstly, all our amazing sales team are at your service. Cat, Kylee and Sandra are even more...