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Ignite Wanaka has beefed up its business events calendar as the town continues its economic recovery from Covid-19.

The chamber of commerce programme announced last week includes educational and networking events as part of a new events-led strategy.

There is a stronger focus on partnerships, listening, and supporting the local business community.

The events are a mix of free and paid fixtures.

Ignite Wanaka chairman Andrew “Howie” Howard said the board had spent several months reviewing the strategy to ensure the focus accurately reflected the ramifications of Covid-19.

Community leader . . . Ignite Wanaka chairman Andrew “Howie” Howard. PHOTO: Supplied

“It’s been important to sense-check what businesses’ needs are currently.

“Our top priority is to assist with the recovery and rebuild of our local economy and we see our focus on events as a positive way of enabling our businesses to get through this together, ultimately resulting in a stronger, more diversified economy,” he said.

A new partnership programme has also been launched.

Ignite Wanaka executive officer Naomi Lindsay said the chamber would seek support from local businesses to deliver the events-led strategy.

There would be new opportunities from volunteering and training, through to sponsorship, she said.

The programme would include existing regular workshops, the Wanaka Women in Business series, the annual Ignite Wanaka Business Awards and speed networking.

A new leadership academy starts in October or November, and other events could include a two-yearly expo and speaker event and a breakfast series.

More details are on the chamber’s website.