Business Support Listen Information for our business communityCOVID-19 Business Helpline 0800 500 362Rangitīkei District Council is working closely with our regional economic development agencies and with Government. We periodically send out links to surveys so that the decision makers can hear directly from you. Your input helps to shape the Government’s response and ensures that the needs of Rangitīkei are captured. If you would like your business to be on the email list please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.orgFinancial support that every business in Rangitīkei 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.nzThe Government has announced it will provide interest free loans for a year to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 economic shock to support their immediate cashflow needs. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme will provide assistance of up to $100,000 to firms employing 50 or fewer full time equivalent employees. Loans will be interest free if they are paid back within a year. After that, the interest rate will be 3% for a maximum term of five years. Repayments are not required for the first two years. Applications will open on 12 May and be managed by Inland Revenue. See the official Government announcement of 1 May for more detail.Great links to check out:COVID-19 Business Support Full information on the Government’s allocation of additional funding to the Regional Business Partner Network to support New Zealand businesses and service providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.COVID-19: Information for businesses The government’s central resource for COVID-19 business information with updates about COVID-19 and guidance to help businesses.IRD Small organisations - visits/seminars/webinars/advice IRD’s Community compliance team are offering education and advice to new and small organisations. With travelling seminars and online webinars getting posted regularly.IRD Tax relief Tax relief and income assistanceWorkplace Guidance for employers and employeesKeep New Zealand Working a Talent Portal connecting people needing work with Employers needing to hire.Manaaki Your support network of business experts. Simply ask a business related question and have a range of experts help you out.SOS Business Businesses can register with this not-for-profit initiative supporting local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic where customers can buy a voucher now, redeem and later, giving business a much needed cash injection.Swiftly is an initiative to get business back up and running at Level 3 and beyond. It’s a free, lightweight store that companies can set up for online click and collect and delivery in minutes. Get your free store up and running today at www.swiftly.nzA great range of business webinars: CEDA is continually creating a brilliant range of business webinars that you can either watch live or any time that suits you. Form business continuity to communication, marketing to restocking life in hospitalityBusiness Mentors: If you feel like you and your business could really with an experienced business mentor please contact CEDA 0800 CEDA SUPPORT (233 278) to get in touch with the right support. And equally if you think you can offer some expertise and real life experience from your own business ventures and you would like to help others in through the current challenges, get in touch with Business Mentors to find out how you can serve the community.