The proposed Sky City National Convention Centre was not remotely required to accommodate the delegates at the conference I attended a few weeks ago.
Still this was Wellington, not Auckland, where a Hurricanes’ devotee was quick to point out that it’s all about quality, not quantity, when it comes to intellectual gatherings in the windy city.
I’d flown down to attend the International Council for Small Business conference expecting to mix with owners and managers of SMEs. The grippers and grinners of a practical transactional world. A place where I’ll find kindred spirits.
Alas – right room; wrong vibe. Not a business owner in sight.
In their place were a small number of well- meaning academics and quasi-Government officials from all over the globe.
I had arrived to witness a self-licking ice cream delight itself with complicated graphs and past macro-economic trends. Emphasis on the past.
I sat there more convinced than ever that New Zealand urgently needs to put more leadership thinking and practical resourcing into our small business environment to actively promote SME
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