Help with business support and guidance August 20, 2021 Listen Kia ora Rangitīkei businesses, We know these are unsettling times and COVID-19 is impacting our personal and professional lives and those who we love. We want to let you know that we in the Council Economic Development team are here to help you with business support and guidance that may be available. In case you’re not sure or haven’t heard, the Government have announced that business support is available from Friday, 20 August in light of the current COVID-19 situation and have amended the amount available to better reflect current wage costs. Keep an eye on the following links for updates: COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 announced - Work and Income COVID-19 Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) (ird.govt.nz) For other business support, here’s a great free resource: - Home — business.govt.nz If you are not aware of the Regional Business Partners (RBP) Network, follow this link and check out what is available to you for business support, training and mentoring - RBP homepage | Regional Business Partner Network (regionalbusinesspartners.co.nz) If you would like to become an RBP service provider, please sign up through the same link above. Let’s keep some of this government funded support local. Advice and responses to frequently asked questions for retail businesses affected by COVID-19 can be accessed here - https://retail.kiwi/advice/covid-19/ Please take care of yourself and those around you. These are challenging times, and it can be hard to sit back, watching and waiting for the situation to improve. There are services available if you need to talk or text and can be found here - https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellbeing/mental-wellbeing/where-to-go-for-help/ Jaime Reibel Jaime.firstname.lastname@example.org and Jen Britton Jen.email@example.com are available if you want to talk through any of the business support linkages provided in this message. He waka eke noa – we’re in this together.