Across the country, over 200,000 people pull the strings every day to make our nights out, treat meals, and coffee catch-ups happen. Many of them are linked to Restaurant Association of New Zealand (the Association), who have been on the side of all the waiters, chefs, bartenders, baristas, and everyone in between. CEO Marisa Bidois has been engaging with HSB over the past year to tackle hospitality’s opportunities and challenges in the political realm that affect the daily lives of thousands of Kiwis
“We knew that 2019 was a year of a lot of potential legislation and policy changes that would affect our industry, so we needed help to have a louder voice in government circles. I’d done a little bit of government relations work before here and there, but since we have such a small team, we don’t have the capacity to fully dedicate time to it.”
“Holly ensures that the voices of every type of business is heard, not just the big besiness, but small business as well.”
After linking up with HSB, Marisa and Holly sat down for a strategy session and soon after, RANZ was booking meetings with key politicians and stakeholders they were looking for.
“Holly has been great with nailing down important meetings, supporting us with supplementary information, and guiding us through the submission process. Our submissions have been punchier. She’s helped us refine our message to government and brought a bunch of new ideas to the table.”
Marisa suggests that every business, no matter the sector, would benefit from government relations assistance. She attributes this to the fact that business owners often have an idea of how things in their business can run better, and do hold opinions on important issues that come up in government.
“Government need to hear voices of everyday business people to make better decisions for the country. The great thing about HSB is that Holly ensures that the voices of every type of business is heard, not just big business, but small business as well.”