Yesterday's announcement that the Government is raising the COVID-19 alert level has significantly changed the way that we will all be living - and working - for at least the next four weeks. I know this will have an impact on almost every business and our thoughts are with local teams as they work through the implications.
We've all experienced a lot of change over the past two months and it can be challenging to keep on top of the wealth of available and up-to-date information.
At Rotorua Economic Development, we have a team of business development experts who are working hard to help businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. On a confidential, case-by-case basis they are:
· helping businesses with employer to employer connections to try and redeploy staff
· helping to navigate access to the Government relief package
· connecting businesses with other resources to try and mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
To help with the most immediate concerns in the current operating environment, there are two sources of financial support that every business in Rotorua needs to be aware of:
· The Government has removed the $150,000 cap on its wage subsidy scheme, so that all employers can now access the full payments to subsidise each of their workers’ salaries.
· NZTE’s regional business partner network has made $5000 available in fully funded support for all businesses to cover costs relating to HR, health & wellness, business continuity planning, cashflow and finance. To access the funding, you will need to register on the Regional Business Partner portal and have a remote meeting with your local Regional Growth Adviser. See www.regionalbusinesspartners.co.nz
For further advice and support, our Investment, Growth and Intelligence team can be contacted at email@example.com or you can call Rebecca Wright, Executive Manager Investment, Growth and Intelligence on 0274 840184.
We’ve also collated a range of helpful support information on our website, which can be found at https://www.rotoruanz.com/media/covid-19. We'll keep this updated and be in touch with any significant further developments.
Kia tau te rangimarie ki a koutou katoa e te whānau (take care and blessings to you all).