New Zealand is now at Alert Level 2. Find out what this means for you here.
If you need business advice, guidance or support in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Business Support Team are here to help. Contact us today.
The social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented, hitting regional, national and global communities and economies in ways that we have never seen before.
The rapidly evolving pandemic requires us to weather the storm as best we can in the short term and position ourselves in a way that will allow us to bounce back strongly in the medium to long term. We have faith that the agility, resilience and clever-thinking of the Nelson Tasman business community, combined with the range of government and business support available will enable us to pave the way for a proactive and successful recovery.
You’re not in this alone.
If you need business advice, guidance or support as you navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, our Regional Business Partner Team are here to help. Use the button below to contact us and we will respond to your enquiry within 48 hours.
Our Regional Business Partner team supports around 500 local businesses per year so understand the challenges that businesses face and have a great range of knowledge, experience and expertise to help guide you through this period of uncertainty.
The services we can offer include:
This service is being delivered as part of the Regional Business Partner Programme which the government has increased its support of to assist businesses at this time. We deliver this service in partnership with the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce, Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, Nelson Tasman Business Trust and Business Trust Marlborough.
As part of our Business Continuity Support Service we offered a range of free webinars, which are now available to re-watch following the links below:
The government has announced a $12.1 billion package to support New Zealanders, their jobs and businesses from the impact of COVID-19. This is phase 1 of their support package and phase 2 will announced with the Budget due in May.
Alongside funding support for hospitals, income support and the aviation sector, the package includes the following support for businesses:
If you are an employer, contractor, sole trader or self-employed you may qualify for support. Below is a summary of the key components for businesses, but for more detailed information, visit the Government COVID-19 website.
The wage subsidies are available for businesses in all sectors and regions that can show a 30% decline in revenue for any month between January and June 2020 compared to the year before (including projected revenue). If eligible, employers would be paid $585.80 per week for full-time staff, and $350 for part time, all in a lump sum. The support will remain available for twelve weeks.
Hopefully by now many of you have already applied for the wage subsidy and if not, we encourage you to make this a priority. It is a quick and easy process, and most businesses are receiving the money within the week of applying. The latest updates to the subsidy are:
In addition to the wage subsidy there are a range of other measures which the government has announced and continues to refine. You can read about these all here or talk with our Business Support Team to understand how these apply to your business.
These measures include:
As the dust settles on a tumultuous week, we hope that all visitors have now found a suitable place to stay for the duration of the lockdown period. We know there are many local accommodation providers who have opened their doors to isolating guests, and the Government have released some Level 4 guidelines outlining how you can keep your staff and guests safe. If you haven’t yet seen these guidelines, you can access them here.
It is possible that temporary accommodation may still be required, for people who unexpectedly need to move or for visiting medical staff. If you have rooms available and are willing to host guests during the lockdown period, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
If you have further questions relating to the provision of temporary accommodation during Level 4, you can find additional resources on the MBIE Temporary Accommodation Service website, or through The Bed and Breakfast Association (even if you aren’t a member). Alternatively, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to find you an answer.
Globally, airlines are suspending and reducing routes and borders are closing rapidly in response to COVID-19. Whilst the British government is considering using military aircraft to fly citizens back to the UK, the German government have reduced the number of repatriation flights that they were organising. It is likely that some of these tourists will be experiencing some pretty overwhelming emotions at the moment and may require some advice from their accommodation providers. If you still have guests who are wanting to get home, it is important that they contact their embassy ASAP – a list of embassies and consulates in New Zealand can be found here.
Go With Tourism have launched a free service designed to support tourism industry workers and businesses who are unable to operate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to redeployment advice and guidance, they are also offering educational pathways to keep people in work. If you know of any employment opportunities, please get in contact with the Go With Tourism team so that staff can be matched with appropriate roles.
In collaboration with Miles Partnership, we have put together some essential tips for managing your Google My Business profile during New Zealand’s COVID-19 Level 4 restriction and beyond. Here is a document summarising the best practices for using Google My Business at this time.
The Backpacker Youth Adventure Tourism Association (BYATA) have been working closely with Tourism Industry Aotearoa and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to provide guidelines for backpacker hostels as they navigate their way through Alert Level 4. Backpacker hostels in particular face some unique challenges in ensuring social distancing when it comes to the presence of common areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. The handy fact-sheets below include a range of helpful rules and recommendations to assist accommodation providers in these scenarios.
We will continue to keep you updated as best we can but for further information, please refer to the official government websites. These will provide you with the most up to date information as the situation evolves: