Local business women – network for success

Around 60 local business women attended a Women in Business evening hosted by Nature Coast Enterprise and the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce at the Lindale Lodge Motel Conference Centre.

A recent survey of Women in Business members showed that members wanted a combination of networking and education. To that end, the group then split into three to discuss three topics employment issues, marketing and cashflow/finance/taxation.

Speakers on the night included Kāpiti Mayor Jenny Rowan who encouraged women to consider putting themselves forward for Council if not this time around then some time in the future. She told the group Council needs more representation from people in business.

Event and Sponsorship manager Kirsten Kilmister spoke briefly about the Electra Business Awards, encouraging nominations which open on Monday 3rd May.

Kate Gibbs from Te Horo Jams gave insights into her business with around 10 percent of their production being sold to Kāpiti Pak’n’Save jams are made in seven flavours and made only from fruit and sugar no preservative. Kate said Te Horo Jams are hoping to get these jams into Auckland supermarkets. They are also being sold at the Hill St Farmers’ Market in Wellington every Saturday. Kate provided a range of jams with pikelets, scones and cream for supper. Local wines were also served.

Justine Street a Director of Chartered Accountants Colbert Cooper spoke about the business with 21 staff they are the largest accounting practice in the district.