A friend has a store in a suburban shopping centre in a provincial city.
She and other retailers got a visit from a council worker informing them road works were planned that would take out parking outside their businesses for several weeks.
The retailers weren’t happy. They explained that if people couldn’t park, they were far less likely to shop and their businesses would suffer, some fatally.
The council worker had a solution for that: they could close down to do refurbishment or take a holiday while the work was being done.
That the council worker didn’t understand that if their shops weren’t open they would still incur almost all their costs with none of the income left the retailers gobsmacked.
An ignorance of the business of business is not confined to council workers.
Policies and pontificating from government shows an alarming ignorance too which is no doubt related to the lack of business experience.
The Jacinda Ardern has said she’s had small business experience but Kiwiblog shows how little.
Her Labour Cabinet colleagues are similarly lacking in business experience, Damien O’Connor is the only one to have owned and run his own.
Labour makes much of the need for diversity. How much better New Zealand would be if diversity in government included a lot more experience in and knowledge and understanding of business.