COVID-19 Support for business
Coronavirus Covid-19 is presenting a rapidly evolving pandemic on a global scale. The impacts of Covid-19 are, and will continue to be, felt throughout regional, national and global communities and economies.
Page last updated 12 May 2020
Government support for impacted businesses
Workplace operations at COVID-19 alert levels
Guidance has been released about workplace activities at different alert levels. Information addresses some frequently asked questions as well as examples of what each alert level might look like for different kinds of businesses.
New information has been released to help businesses prepare for a move to Alert Level 2. Further detail will be published as soon as is it ready.
New loans for small businesses
Government will provide one-off loans to small businesses, including sole traders and the self-employed, impacted by COVID-19 to support their cash flow needs.
The Small business cash flow loan scheme will provide assistance of up to $100,000 to businesses employing 50 or fewer full-time employees.
Details of the loans include:
- $10,000 to be provided to eligible businesses
- an additional $1800 per equivalent full-time employee
- interest free if the loan is paid back within a year
- an interest rate of 3% for a maximum term of five years
- repayments not required for the first two years.
Applications are open until 12 June 2020. To check your eligibility and how to apply, visit the COVID-19: Cash flow loans and support page.
Commercial leases and mortgages
Government is working to put in place some temporary law changes to support commercial tenants and landlords impacted by COVID-19. These changes aim to make it easier to retain lease arrangements and get back to business as usual. More information and guidance can be found from the Ministry of Justice.
Guidance for commercial leases and mortgages during COVID-19 (external link) — Ministry of Justice
Kāpiti Coast District Council
Last week, the Kāpiti Coast District Council announced a number of immediate initiatives to support local people and businesses in response to COVID-19. This is the first phase of what will be a multi-phased response package.
Click here to find out more and register your interest for support.
Access information on key services
We understand there's a lot of concern in our community about COVID-19, and it's important to ensure you stay well informed and support those in our community who are unwell or are taking responsible steps to protect themselves and others. This page will be updated frequently.
Last week, the Kāpiti Coast District Council announced a number of immediate initiatives to support local people and businesses in response to COVID-19. This is the first phase of what will be a multi-phased response package. Find out more and register your interest for support belowSupport Package
Register your details for business updates
If you would like to receive regular updates on support for local business affected by COVID-19 and other business related information, please sign up using the linked form.Sign up for business updates
COVID-19 FUNDING FOR BUSINESS SUPPORT
Through the Regional Business Partner Network, WellingtonNZ can connect you to professional advice through our COVID-19 Voucher scheme
As we deal with the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our economy, WellingtonNZ has been allocated funding from the central government’s stimulus package for business, to connect business owners to expert advice and services.
What does the COVID-19 Voucher Funding cover?
- Financial advice and planning to help business owners get through COVID-19
- Business advice to help model cash-flow, staffing levels and understand financial plans considering their new business models. This will expand to marketing and legal services in the coming weeks
- One-on-one support and assistance with business continuity issues
- Business coaching to help business owners get through COVID-19
- HR advice to help with decisions regarding employees
How does it work?
WellingtonNZ has a dedicated helpdesk set up to talk with and assess businesses effected by COVID-19.
Our team will listen to your challenges, help prioritise your needs and suggest available services and service providers you can access through the Regional Business Partner Network.
10AM | friday 15 may 2020
WellingtonNZ discuss building a "people-first" business in this installment of the Regional Business Partner Network series.
THRIVE 2020 is a programme designed to equip your business with skills to change direction, grow and build.
WellingtonNZ is proud to partner with Creative HQ in a business innovation programme designed to prepare businesses to manage the impact of Covid-19 on our economy.
If you are worried about the long-term impacts on your business as a result of Covid-19, or your ability to adapt to a new economic environment, the Thrive Programme is for you.
The Thrive Programme is a series of interactive workshops that will equip you and your business with the skills and the practical pathway needed to rebuild, pivot, and grow your business.
Te Puni Kōkiri - Support package for Māori communities and businesses
Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare has explained the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19.
Support package for Māori communities and businesses through Covid-19
The Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19 has been announced. Find out what is available for your whānau and community.
Te Reo Māori translation
This is a Te Reo Māori translation of the COVID-19 Level 4 stay at home plan
Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā – National Māori Pandemic Group
Here you will find information and resources specifically for Māori about the COVID-19 pandemic. This information has been developed by leading Māori medical experts for whānau Māori.
Wage Subsidy experience - it's simple and quick
"As a small business owner in Kāpiti, the impact of COVID-19 on my business was immediate.
I looked into the financial assistance package and didn't apply straight away as I wasn't 100% sure if I would qualify and how much evidence I would need to provideto receive it as we are both self-employed / sole traders.
The day we moved to level 3 I decided to apply. I honestly couldn't believe how easy it was to apply and quickly it was actioned and the money was paid out straight into our accounts 3-days later. Since then I have put out a public post to encourage others and been in touch with all my friends and contacts who are self-employed or business owners in general with the link to apply.
The small business community in Kāpiti is strong and supportive, spread the word about the assistance if you can and don't be afraid to apply. I sincerely hope we can flatten this curve quickly so we can all reopen and thrive once again."
Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce
Kāpiti, 24 March 2020 - The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce supports the Government’s decision to move to Level 3 and 4 response against COVID-19, and is urging the business community to remain connected as the country enters the four-week lockdown beginning tomorrow.
Jacinda Thorn, Chair of the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce says while the situation will get harder, it will also get better.
“Our focus is on equipping our members with practical support to help them manage through the next few weeks. We are offering a Member to Member support service, where you can either offer or ask for, free advice in areas like strategy and cashflow management.
“We are also working closely with the Kāpiti Coast District Council, WellingtonNZ and our Chamber Network to access up-to-date information and business support.
“We understand many of our businesses will be uncertain about the future - particularly those who will need to close. The Government has widened its business support package, and I urge all local businesses to access support on offer during the next three months. It is my hope that by being proactive, and supporting each other, we can all adapt to the ‘new normal’,” says Jacinda Thorn.
Access Chamber of Commerce Advice
The Wellington Chamber helpline is available to Kāpiti members also, 0800 800 362, use code WGTNNZ.
Find out more on the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce website.