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Dear members and stakeholders,

Lots of work to be done this Wednesday!  Looking forward to seeing you SOON and hearing from you too.  Big shout out to Foodlovers Market Knysna for donating three (!) vouchers for a combined value of R1,750 - your chance to win one of those is simply by filling in our survey.  Just keep reading:
GKBC's Coffee Podium is TOMORROW - see you at The Shed!?
If you have liked us on facebook and instagram you may have seen the invite for tomorrow's gettogether.  Discounted for paid up members... Invite below.
Socio-economic study
How is business doing?  How has Covid-19 and lockdown impacted your business?  We need your input!  Read more below on how to stand a chance to win one of the Foodlovers Market's vouchers mentioned earlier.
#KOF2021 taking shape
This year's Knysna Oyster Festival programme is taking shape nicely, with accommodation establishments, restaurants, and a variety of activities offering attractive packages. 
More below.
Jump is a multifaceted business tool developed with the mission to grow SMME's and startup companies.  Read more about this handy tool here.
Trade Forward Southern Africa
Trade Forward Southern Africa will be holding a webinar for exporters to the UK.  Special focus on women exporters.  Find out more below.
GKBC - have you renewed your membership yet?
We thank our members who have renewed their memberships already.  Have you sent us your membership form yet?  It will give you an immediate discount at tomorrow's Coffee Podium :).  Here's more...
GKBC's Coffee Podium
The first ever Coffee Podium is GKBC's morning networking and speedmarketing gettogether.  Learn about a variety of other businesses in Greater Knysna, as a maximum of 10 business owners take to the stage to convince the audience to use their services, visit their establishment or generally make us of their business.  And yes, there is time for coffee, a muffin and a chat with your peers as well:
Socio-economic survey

As announced during our latest AGM one of the reasons to conduct this study is to get an understanding general state of businesses in our town and the economy of our town in general, and to understand the impact COVID had on the town and its businesses.  How is business doing?  How has Covid-19 and lockdown impacted your business? 

We need your input!   By filling in the survey before the 7th of May you stand a chance to win a R250, R500 or R1,000 voucher from
 Foodlovers Market Knysna.  What are you waiting for?  
Take me to the GKBC Survey
#KOF2021 taking shape

The calendar for the Knysna Oyster Festival taking place in July this year will be made up of an exciting mix of physical and virtual offerings and activities. As Festival Coordinator Andrew Finn said: “We are getting ready for guests to STAY, WORK, PLAY in the greater Knysna area from 9 to 18 July.”

While the Cycle Races will take place in its more traditional form, the Forest Marathon has developed into an exciting Virtual Marathon. 

Read the latest press release here or visit the Knysna Oyster Festival website for latest updates.


Jump is a multi-faceted SMME initiative that includes a mobile app with an extensive business toolkit, on-the-ground events, an industry cluster and ecosystem mobilisation capability and powerful enterprise development support features.
The platform aims to support the growth and competitiveness of SMME’s in the Western Cape through digital empowerment and access to support and opportunities.   Available on Google Play (Android), Appstore (Apple) and as mobile site.  
Jump is an initiative of the Western Cape Provincial Government’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

Trade Forward Southern Africa 

Trade Forward Southern Africa (TFSA) is a UK government funded programme that operates across the countries of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and Mozambique to support the business community in the region by giving companies the opportunity to boost trade across and beyond Southern Africa, including to the UK, generating inclusive, women- centred growth.

The upcoming webinar is aimed at export-capable businesses across Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa. TFSA will demonstrate the tools and facilities brought together in the TFSA Trade & Information Hub that business can use to identify potential export markets, and the customs duties, rules, regulations and standards they must meet in export markets.

The webinar will cover valuable information, knowledge, resources, tools and facilities on global markets and especially will also identify and demonstrate key information resources for export to the UK since the UK has left the European Union and an economic partnership agreement between the UK and these countries has come into play since 1 January 2021.

Export capable firms will be shown how to find information at a detail level, specific to their particular products and countries targeted for export, going beyond the broad overview of trade agreements and rules in general.

The webinar will also provide information on other TFSA initiatives in selected Value Chains & support to women in export.

Trade Forward Southern Africa Webinar on Export Information held on the 29th April 2021 at 11:00-12:00 will be discussing the following:

  • Trade Support
  • Demonstrating how to use the Trade and Information Hub
  • Giving Access to Tools to help Business Managers:
  • Identify Export Markets,
  • Customs duties,
  • Rules,
  • Regulations, and
  • Standards to meet for Export.

Book your free ticket online (limited availability) or find more info on the Trade and Information Hub website, which is free to use by business, business support organisations and business media.

GKBC - have you renewed your membership yet?

Above info is shared on behalf of these respective companies and organizations.  With your support we can grow this service.  The Greater Knysna Business Chamber strives to be the united voice of business, offering support, networking opportunities and a platform for mutual engagement with other businesses, business chambers and different spheres of government. 

Depending on the size of staff compliment and company structure membership fees range from as little as R250 per annum.    With the new fee structures, all members need to sign new membership application forms – please click the button below to download the membership application form:
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Directors: Pierre Gouws (Chair) | Richard Sohn (Vice) | Andries Fourie (Treasurer) | Evelyn Pepler | 
Elmay Bouwer | Jason White | Mark Sofianos | Chris Schutte | Hermann Kapp | Martin Hansson | Clifford Elion | Office Administrator: Ypie Kingma

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