Weekly Digest – 23 September 2021

Auckland Moves to Alert Level 3

Auckland has moved out of Alert Level 4 lockdown, but could remain in Alert Level 3 for months, according to experts.  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern believes the outbreak can still be controlled under control under Level 3 as long as people stick to their bubbles.

Also, the PM believes that the country has the potential to hit the 90% vaccination mark over the next couple of weeks– just in time for people to enjoy more freedoms over Christmas.

Increased Fines for COVID-19 Rule Breakers

Last Friday, the government announced higher fines for those breaching COVID-19 restrictions amid concerns that the outbreak may spread beyond Auckland.

Intentionally failing to comply with rules such as travelling without permission will be a criminal offence and is now liable on conviction for a fine of up to $12,000 (previously $4,000) or 6 months imprisonment.  Fines for companies can go up to $15,000.

On-the-spot fines for infringement offences like failing to wear a mask where it is mandatory will also be increased from $300 to now $4,000.  These changes will be implemented in November, subject to the passing of the COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill.

Economy Surges in Q2

The country’s economy grew at a much faster pace than expected in the second quarter, as GDP surged 2.8% in the three months through June, according to the latest data by Statistics New Zealand.  This figure beats the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s estimate of 0.7% and the Reuters poll forecast of a 1.3% increase.

This improvement in the economy reinforces views that the central bank may start lifting interest rates despite the recent COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Tips for First-Time Business Owners

First-time founders often waste time and resources during the early stages of building their business because of the knowledge gap on how to efficiently start a company.  In this Forbes article, seven tips have been shared for the successful launching and running of a business.

  • Create an online presence.  Build brand trust by having a beautifully designed website and polished online presence that potential customers, investors, and staff can visit.
  • Find an organisation system that works for you.  Have one place to store all your information, manage to-do lists, stay aligned on big-picture ideas, manage data, plan out product and content calendars, among other things, so you can run your business more efficiently.
  • Stay on top of your finances.  You’ll become a more strategic business owner when you keep your finances on track and understand your cash flow.
  • Learn to block your time.  Scheduling your time is key– block out hours of your time on your calendar to focus on certain projects.
  • Don’t skimp on HR and payroll.  Ensure your HR and payroll are taken care of so you can have peace of mind.  It’s recommended to invest in a platform that can help keep these aspects of your business running smoothly.
  • Remember that you don’t have to start from scratch.  Helpful templates and resources are available everywhere– you don’t have to start everything from scratch.
  • Keep confidential information confidential.  Limit who has access to proprietary information.

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