Business Support Survey May 07, 2020 Listen Our world, country, economy and lives have changed in ways hard to have perceived. The way we live, work, learn and play has been transformed as we learn new ways to do everyday things. Rangitīkei District Council is also having to operate in innovative ways to meet the changing times, but our intent on working for a better Rangitīkei remains steadfast. Council wants to support our local businesses and in order to do that effectively we would like to hear from you. Please answer the questions contained in this very short online survey. Your feedback will help Council support businesses in our district and prioritise Council’s local relief efforts.Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZS2G7P3There are other, deep dive surveys also being circulated from our various economic development partners. We strongly encourage you to complete these as it helps to form the larger response at a regional and national level and ensures that the needs of Rangitīkei are captured.As we’ve headed into Level 3 many of our businesses have come up with innovative ways to open for trade within the parameters set by Government, or are getting ready to open at level 2. As a part of a larger ‘Shop Local Rangitīkei’ strategy, we have created a Facebook page dedicated to showcasing Rangitīkei businesses. We encourage you to join and share the page with your friends, family and other local businesses.If you are not already on the page or would like your details updated please get in touch with Nardia Gower: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Shop Local RangitīkeiOur Government has started moving to financially assist businesses setting up a COVID-19 Business Helpline 0800 500 362. Below is some other information you may find useful: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.The 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. 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 business support and information.