This page will be updated regularly with information, advice and support resources to get your business through COVID-19. 


The social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented, hitting regional, national and global communities and economies in ways that we have never seen before. 

The rapidly evolving pandemic requires us to weather the storm as best we can in the short term and position ourselves in a way that will allow us to bounce back strongly in the medium to long term. We have faith that the agility, resilience and clever-thinking of the Nelson Tasman business community, combined with the range of government and business support available will enable us to pave the way for a proactive and successful recovery.

In the meantime, we at the Nelson Regional Development Agency will be working collaboratively with the Nelson Tasman Chamber of CommerceMarlborough Chamber of CommerceNelson Tasman Business Trust and Business Trust Marlborough to put resources where they are needed most to support you.

Business Support

How we can help

You’re not in this alone.

If you need business advice, guidance or support as you navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, our Business Support Team are here to help. Use the button below to contact us and we will respond to your enquiry within 48 hours.

As the ‘Regional Business Partner’ for Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough we are working alongside the Government to ensure local businesses are receiving practical, relevant and timely advice as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Our Regional Business Partner team supports around 500 local businesses per year so understand the challenges that businesses face and have a great range of knowledge, experience and expertise to help guide you through this period of uncertainty.

The services we can offer include:

  • Support and guidance to understand the government business support package including wage subsidies and leave payments
  • One-on-one advisory support covering topics such as business continuity and resilience, finance and cashflow management, HR advice, supply chain management, and wellbeing/stress.
  • Access to free 1-on-1 business mentoring support
  • Access to up to $2,000 (ex GST) to fully fund 1-on-1 advice with a professional in HR, Health and Wellness, Business Continuity Planning or Finance & Cashflow Management

  • Access to NZTE workshops to help New Zealand export businesses manage the impact of COVID-19. Note, only current NZTE customers are eligible

We will also be hosting information sessions (digitally), and collecting regional information on the impacts of COVID-19. The purpose of this is to understand the changing needs of our business community so that we can communicate these needs to the appropriate authorities. Together, these services will enable us to support you through the unprecedented challenges presented by this global pandemic, ensure a central source of local information, and feed relevant and timely responses back to the Government.

We will also be hosting information sessions (digitally), and collecting regional information on the impacts of COVID-19. The purpose of this is to understand the changing needs of our business community so that we can communicate these needs to the appropriate authorities. Together, these services will enable us to support you through the unprecedented challenges presented by this global pandemic, ensure a central source of local information, and feed relevant and timely responses back to the Government.

contact our business support team

 

Latest Updates

Government Support Package

The government has announced a $12.1 billion package to support New Zealanders, their jobs and businesses from the impact of COVID-19. This is phase 1 of their support package and phase 2 will announced with the Budget due in May.

Alongside funding support for hospitals, income support and the aviation sector, the package includes the following support for businesses:

  • $5.1 billion in wage subsidies for affected businesses, available now
  • $126 million in COVID-19 leave and self-isolation support
  • $2.8 billion in business tax changes to free up cashflow

If you are an employer, contractor, sole trader or self-employed you may qualify for support. Below is a summary of the key components for businesses, but for more detailed information, visit the Government COVID-19 website.

Wage Subsidies

The wage subsidies will be available for businesses in all sectors and all regions that can show a 30% decline in revenue for any month between January and June 2020 compared to the year before (including projected revenue). Your business must have taken active steps to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and you must make best efforts to retain employees and pay them a minimum of 80% of their normal income for the subsidised period. If eligible, employers would be paid $585.80 per week for full-time staff, and $350 for part time. They will be paid in a lump sum. The support will be available for twelve weeks with applications open now - click here to find out more.

Leave and Self Isolation Support

The Covid-19 leave payment scheme will provide support (through employers/to sole traders and the self-employed) for those people unable to work because they are in self-isolation, are sick with Covid-19 or caring for dependents who are in either of these situations. The payments will be equal to the rate of the wage subsidy scheme but available for a maximum of eight weeks. Employers will be expected to meet all of their sick leave and other employment expectations.

Apply for wage subsidy or leave payment support

When you apply you will need to provide your IRD number, business name and address, names of your employees and their IRD numbers, and contact details for your business and your employees. Processing and approving applications will happen as quickly as possible - the aim is to make payments five working days after required information has been received – but this will depend on the volume of applications received.

Business Cash Flow and Tax Measures

These include:

  • increasing the provisional tax threshold from $2,500 to $5,000 from 2020/2021
  • increasing the small asset depreciation threshold from $500 to $1,000 — and to $5,000 for the 2020/21 tax year
  • allowing depreciation on commercial and industrial buildings from 2020/2021
  • removing the hours test from the In-Work Tax Credit (IWTC) from 1 July 2020.

Click here for more information.

 

 

 

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