30 November 2021
On Friday 22 October 2021, the New Zealand Government announced a support package for Auckland businesses affected by alert level restrictions, as the country transitions to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework.
This new package helps Auckland businesses access:
- Advice and planning support
- Support to implement advice and planning
- Health and wellbeing support
- Business community resources
Here’s a summary of the support available to you to help your business keep moving forward.
Business Advice Support
Auckland businesses can apply for up to $3000 + GST through Business Advice support, which includes access to expert advice in the areas of business planning, strategy, financial planning, HR, marketing advice and health and safety advice.
Auckland businesses can apply for up to $4000 + GST for an Implementation Grant to help implement an existing business plan or to execute a plan based on the Business Advice received.
To access Business Advice Support or the Implementation Grant, your business must:
- Have fewer than 100 full time equivalent employees
- Be GST registered in New Zealand
- Have a New Zealand Business Number (NZBN)
- Be operating in a commercial environment
- Be a privately-owned business or are a Māori Trust or incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Māori assets under multiple ownership
- Primarily operate within the Auckland Alert Level 3 boundary
- Be an existing business that is trading prior to 22 October 2021.
Application dates and process
Applications will open on 1 December, 2021 via the online registration form.
Health & Wellbeing Support
This Health & Wellbeing Support package, also known as First Steps, provides access to health and wellbeing support tailored to the many business owners across Tāmaki Makaurau feeling overwhelmed, isolated and under pressure from the mental and emotional impact of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
Learn more and access resources via the website.
Business Community Resources
Activate Tamaki Makaurau partners have put together a suite of free tools and resources available to access right now. These include webinars, checklists and handbooks on how to operate under the COVID-19 Protection Framework, vaccinations and returning to work safely.
Create an account to access the business community via the website.
Findex is here to help
If you require assistance accessing Government support or establishing whether you are eligible for any of the grants or support measures outlined above, please feel free to reach out to your Findex adviser who will gladly assist.
Alternatively, submit this form and the team will be in touch with you shortly.
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