Wellington Businesses called on to Support Christchurch Recovery

Date Added: 22nd January 2013 from Wellington Chamber of Commerce

The Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be part of an initiative connecting local businesses to Christchurch businesses looking for assistance with post-earthquake rebuild projects.
The WellCan Forum, to take place on 4 March at the Michael Fowler Centre, will highlight some of the opportunities the Canterbury rebuild presents to Wellington businesses. At the same time it will aim to address some of the shortages Christchurch is facing in its recovery effort.
“As the Christchurch rebuild and recovery picks up momentum there are a broad range of skills and services required to fill some gaps,” said Chamber Chief Executive Raewyn Bleakley.
“Wellington, with its strengths in design, engineering, professional services, etc has much to offer when it comes to assisting with the recovery.
“Wellington City Council is providing the key support together with the Chamber, Grow Wellington, Brendon Burns and Associates MACRO, ANZ Bank, and the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce (CECC).  
“Christchurch businesses are looking to fill vacancies and find partners from outside their region.  We hope to help meet that demand.  Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce CEO Peter Townsend estimates Canterbury will need 10,000-15,000 more workers for the rebuild.
“This is a golden opportunity for both centres and is a good example of Wellington and Christchurch business and civic networks working together,” Ms Bleakley concluded.
The Forum is free to attend and individuals and businesses will need to visit http://www.wecc.org.nz/events/special-events/wellcan-forum to register.
For more information contact Raewyn Bleakley on 021 472 155