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SKY BUSINESS CHANNEL INTERVIEW

THE SURVEY

Government and business leaders are surveyed at every briefing hosted by the Circle. These influential leaders cover a range of industries across all cities including, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

2017

2016

  • Johnny Weiss, CEO, Trans -Tasman Business Circle

    7 September / 9:35 am

    Results & Key trends | September 2016

    “7 years of very stable economic reform with very few surprises has lead to great vitality in the New Zealand Business Community”

    Business confidence in Australia & New Zealand 

    • The Australian and New Zealand Business confidence "pretty steady"
    • Australia has become used to 6-7 years of policy uncertainty which flows through to economic activity 
    • The constant chopping and changing of public policy has had a significant impact on business confidence 

    Mood of companies

    • Both Australian and New Zealand Companies feel more optimistic about thier internal controls than the external economy 
    • Australian Businesses set to deal with volatility
    • Across the Tasman, New Zealand has much more policy consistency a stronger economy moving into budget surplus. This has a tremendous effect on economic activity among firms.
    • "The Kiwi's are much more upbeat, increasingly so in the last 2-3 months"

    Hiring intentions

    • Both countries anticipate steady growth in real employment rates.

    Capital expenditure

    • Significant growth in housing, tourism and construction sector investment among New Zealand Companies

    Innovation/Reinvention

    • Innovation remains a key agenda within the policy principals of both nations  
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  • Johnny Weiss, CEO, Trans -Tasman Business Circle

    3rd August / 9:15am

    Results & Key trends | August 2016

    “7 years of very stable economic reform with very few surprises has lead to great vitality in the New Zealand Business Community”

    Business confidence in Australia & New Zealand 

    • New Zealand has much more confidence in the role of government in the economy, with much more overall stability.
    • In Australia, recent years in the political landscape have been “not stable to say the least” which has halted overall confidence among firms

    Mood of companies

    • 7 years of very stable economic reform with very few surprises has lead to great vitality in the New Zealand Business Community.
    • We also see great vitality in the Macro environment among Australian businesses, and with greater confidence in government, this should drive general economic activity.

    Hiring intentions

    • Both countries anticipate steady growth in real employment rates.

    Capital expenditure

    • New Zealand has adopted an economic mindset around measuring results as apposed to dollars spent which has lead to a much more efficient allocation of resources

    Innovation/Reinvention

    • Both countries are being well lead by good leaders who feel that by being innovative and responding quickly, they can have a really significant impact on the economy.  
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  • Johnny Weiss, CEO, Trans -Tasman Business Circle

    7 July 2016 / 9:21 am

    Results & Key trends | July 2016

    Corporate Australia “Lets look at New Zealand"  

    Business confidence in Australia & New Zealand 

    • New Zealand is an example of certainty and stability
    • Lower labour cost in New Zealand coupled with a more predictable and stable policy setting is driving business and consumer confidence

    Mood of companies

    • Corporate Australia “Lets look at New Zealand for more of our operations”
    • Businesses feel much more optimistic about their own conditions, what they can control, than external forces

    Hiring intentions

    • The net migration going into New Zealand from Australia is increasing
    • Lower cost of living and more opportunities leading to this trend

    Capital expenditure

    • Both sides of the Tasman contain a resilient bunch of businesses, who continue to invest and grow

    Innovation/Reinvention

    • Both countries show strong commitment to innovation and reinvention.
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  • Johnny Weiss, CEO, Trans -Tasman Business Circle

    Results & Key trends | October 2016

    9 October 2016 / 9:21 am

    “In Australia, confidence levels are significantly better among our members”

    Business confidence in Australia & New Zealand 

    • We have seen a steady increase in business confidence in New Zealand over the last 6 months, as in fact we have seen in Australia.
    • In Australia, confidence levels are significantly better among our members

    Mood of companies

    • New Zealand companies feel as thought the Government is “coming to the party” particularly on the innovation front.
    • Kiwi’s are naturally innovative, the government seems to get out of the way and let the economy operate relatively independently.
    • Australia is slowly recovering in business confidence as companies begin to trust in the leadership again. Politically, things have settled down, driving optimism and business confidence.

    Hiring intentions

    • Large employment shortages in both countries, very difficult to attract skilled labour.

    Capital expenditure

    • Certainly, we have seen a steady increase in capital expenditure over the last 12 months in the New Zealand economy.
    • This is feeding confidence/positive outlooks for capital expenditure, however, there remains a challenge to find skilled labour. 

    Innovation/Reinvention

    • Both countries are committed to ongoing growth in innovation and constantly strive to reinvent themselves where necessary 
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2015

2014

  • Johnny Weiss, CEO, Trans -Tasman Business Circle

    3 December / 9:05 am
    Results & Key trends

    A significant key trend for Australia has been business’ losing their confidence. On the New Zealand front, we have seen a plateau after very high optimism.

    Business confidence in Australia & New Zealand 
    • Australia’s confidence has decreased significantly after reaching a high in July. New Zealand is showing a lot more confidence than Australia.
    • New Zealand kept consistent with high confidence in early 2014. However, they have since dropped significantly.
    Mood of companies
    • The overall mood of Corporate Australia and New Zealand are very ironic. Both countries have shown confidence about their own prospects than for the economy as a whole.
    Hiring intentions
    • In both Australia and New Zealand, the difficulty to find employees has been a consistent trend.
    Capital expenditure
    • Australia showed steady upward growth in Capital Expenditure.
    • New Zealand showed a strong commitment to innovation.
    • The promising rise in business confidence in the first half of 2014 flattened for Australia.
    • New Zealand saw a plateau.
    Innovation/Reinvention
    • Both countries show strong commitment to innovation and reinvention.
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  • Johnny Weiss, CEO, Trans -Tasman Business Circle

    7 November / 7:40 am
    Results & Key trends

    A significant key trend for Australia has been business’ losing their confidence. On the New Zealand front, we have seen a plateau after very high optimism..

    Business confidence in Australia & New Zealand
    • Australia dropping back to lower confidence levels after reaching high in July – generally less confident than New Zealand.
    • New Zealand had consistently high confidence levels early this year but have dropped significantly.
    Mood of companies
    • Ironically in both countries, companies feel much more confident about their own prospects than for the economy as a whole
    Hiring intentions
    • Both countries are reporting it is harder to find staff – this is a consistent trend this year.
    Capital expenditure
    • Australia is showing steady upward growth in capital expenditure.
    • New Zealand - strong commitment to innovation
    Capital expenditure
    • Australia -the promising rise in business confidence in the first half of 2014 has flattened
    • New Zealand is plateauing.
    Innovation/Reinvention
    • Both countries show strong commitment to innovation and reinvention.
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  • Johnny Weiss, CEO, Trans -Tasman Business Circle

    1 October / 9:05 am
    Results & Key trends
     
    Business confidence in Australia & New Zealand
    • Australia -promising rise in business confidence in the first half of 2014 has flattened
    • New Zealand - strong growth in confidence was not sustained in first half but, with election over, likely to increase confidence
    Mood of companies
    • Companies in Australia were feeling more confident in the past 6 months, whereas, New Zealand companies were generally more confident over 12 months.
    Hiring intentions
    • Hiring staff has been much harder in Australia for the past 6 months.
      New Zealand has had ongoing skill shortages for the past year.

    Capital expenditure
    • Both countries have shown a strong commitment to innovation.
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  • Tanya Oziel, Deputy CEO, Trans – Tasman Business Circle

    26 September / 2:30 pm
    Business confidence in Australia & New Zealand
    • Discussion around the definition of networking.
    • Is there a stigma involved with networking?
    • What are the benefits of networking?
    • How to network.
    • Self - promotion recommendations.
    • Networking at a C-suite level.
    • How you can use social media as a networking tool.
    • Can you have too many people in your network?
    Results & Key trends
    Mood of companies
    • Australia – companies feeling more confident in past 6 months. 
    • New Zealand – is more confident in their own company outlooks.
    Hiring intentions
    • Australia -survey indicates hiring is much harder now.
    • New Zealand - ongoing skill shortages for past year.
    Capital expenditure
    • Australia – shown a plateau over the past few months.
    • New Zealand – demonstrating high capex.
    Innovation/reinvention
    • Corporate Australia is now considering post budget environment.
    • New Zealand – business recognition of the past few months is now leading to planning.
  • Johnny Weiss, CEO, Trans -Tasman Business Circle

    27 August / 8:14 am
    Results & Key trends
    Business confidence in Australia & New Zealand
    • Australia -promising rise in business confidence in the first half of 2014 has flattened
    • New Zealand - steadily increasing in business confidence
    Mood of companies
    • Australia -companies feeling more confident in past 6 months
    • New Zealand - more confident in their own company outlooks
    Hiring intentions
    • Australia -survey indicates hiring is much harder now
    • New Zealand - ongoing skill shortages for past year
    Capital expenditure
    • Australia - plateau over past few months
    • New Zealand - demonstrating high capex
    Innovation/reinventiion
    • Australia -business now considering post budget environment
    • New Zealand - business recognition of past few months now leading to planning
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  • Johnny Weiss, CEO, Trans -Tasman Business Circle

    02 July / 9:12 am
    Results & Key trends
    Business confidence in Australia & New Zealand
    • Australia – Plateauing of business confidence and expectation. 
    • New Zealand – strong growth in business and consumer confidence.
    Mood of companies
    • Australia -meandering of business confidence
    • New Zealand - survey shows the environment is one of strong confidence
    Capital expenditure
    • Australia -unsure with investment, rise in business lending
    • New Zealand - very confident and capex is high
    Innovation/reinventiion
    • Australia - current environment is one of business uncertainty
    • New Zealand - looking forward to the upcoming election which will affect decision making

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