Over $5 billion has been made available for wage subsidies and the COVID-19 leave payment scheme will also 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 package is wide-ranging and will offer some respite to a number of small-medium sized businesses. Many local businesses have been waiting anxiously for weeks to hear what type of support would be available.
A regional package for Tairāwhiti will be announced by Government in the coming days. Further work on support will be announced in the weeks to come.
Trust Tairāwhiti have worked with the Regional Business Partners (RBP) Network to set up two additional resources. Wendy Gatley has already been working with affected local businesses and will continue to do so.
The Trust have appointed Tui Babbington in a business support role as well as an administration support role as we continue to receive significantly more enquiries from local businesses. Both these positions will be in place from Monday 23rd March.
Wendy and Tui can help businesses to access training and coaching services and help with connecting businesses with mentors and other government services. This includes but is not limited to, business planning and sustainability, mentoring, managing resources, finances and cashflow. Businesses can be supported to diversify, build resilience and find assistance in dealing with the wellbeing of their staff.
Face to face meetings will be an ongoing challenge and we are working through options for the best alternatives. This will include more phone conversations and video links. We recognise that video meetings may be a barrier for some, so our RBP programme are looking at setting up video conferencing stations around the region.
Our tourism industry is pleased the Government has responded to the need for funding to be accessible and available to businesses with no delays.
We expect Tairāwhiti tourism operators will join a significant number of the wider local businesses in applying for support from the wage subsidy, leave and self-isolation support and business cash flow and tax measures.
Please get in touch with us at Trust Tairāwhiti if you need advice or support.
Wendy Gatley – 021 312 463, firstname.lastname@example.org
From Monday 23rd you can also contact:
Tui Babbington – 021 193 5594, email@example.com
If you are having trouble getting through to Wendy and Tui please contact:
Trust Tairāwhiti - (06) 867 2640, firstname.lastname@example.org