UPDATES | COVID-19 Business Support Page

By April 17, 2020COVID-19, News, Uncategorized

The St Heliers Business Association’s priority is to support St Heliers businesses through this challenging time.

In response to COVID-19, we want to ensure that businesses know what support is available.


Also a security update, Maxtrix so far have no issues to report from their recent patrolling.
Please see the links below and I will continue to share relevant information as it comes to hand.

Please get in touch if I can assist in any way Pippa

Email me [email protected] 


The Business Association puts these articles up in good faith for your benefit and does not endorse or request that you do anything other than what is best for your businesses.

The website www.covid19.govt.nz has everything you need to know about COVID19 – including information about support for businesses.

What firms need to know about loan guarantee scheme. Read more

Essential Business/Service – as different situations are clarified the list of services is being updated regularly. Keep checking the list at: https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-level/essential-businesses/

Covid-19 updates: Retailers’ tenancy questions answered. Read the article here


Employer Obligations: Must I pay my staff in a pandemic?  Learn more


Leases and rental agreements:

Q: Can I ask the landlord for rent relief as I can no longer access my business and trade?

A: Review your lease and or rental document. Contact your preferred legal advisor as they are in the best position to give advice regarding these documents. Have a conversation with your landlord/property manage


Trading Online:

Can I move my business online and continue trading? https://theregister.co.nz/2020/03/26/covid-19-updates-can-retailers-sell-online-during-the-lockdown/

Is it okay to implement buy now pay later? https://theregister.co.nz/2020/03/27/buy-now-receive-later-is-it-okay-to-take-shoppers-payments-and-dispatch-goods-after-lockdown/

Covid 19 advice and support

EMA Advice Line:
Call the EMA Advice Line 0800 300 362 for advice on employment relations and HR matters.

Business NZ Helpline:
Call the Business NZ helpline 0800 543 543 for advice on contractual and financial matters

Other Support:
Other support is available for businesses. Find out more at: www.employment.govt.nz/about/news-and-updates/workplace-response-coronavirus-covid-19/

NZ Market Place:
A very helpful initiative from NZ Trade and Enterprise that may help you source items you require. Find out more at: https://nz-marketplace.nzte.govt.nz/

Information from the Employers and Manufacturers Association:
Web seminars on remote working, managing employee leave, and restructuring  https://covid19.ema.co.nz/

Inland Revenue:
Further support for small businesses including tax changes and offsetting income from previous years, possibly enabling you to claim cashback from tax paid. Information on this can be found here.

ATEED Resources – Helpful resources  

Using your feedback, ATEED created this Resources page. It covers topics to help you right now, like Finance & Cashflow Management, Business Continuity Planning and Marketing.

Each resource listed provides something different and practical. We’ll add more every week.

Examples include:
Guide to managing your cashflow through COVID-19
by NZTE investment team

Webinars from The Icehouse
such as real-time resilience and communications in times of crisis

Free online support
from the Manaaki network of 120+ business experts

Webinar, by Katabolt
One of New Zealand’s leading export consultancies, has created a webinar that focuses on export recovery and broken supply chains.

Business continuity plan (BCP) guide, by Business New Zealand
Have a Plan B ready for your business as we progress through the levels of New Zealand’s COVID-19 alert system.

A suite of new support measures for small to medium-sized businesses.

Free digital assessment
This week we’ve launched a free tool that helps you build a customised digital action plan and find out about digital technology that can help your business right now.

Could you sell online? Shopify is the leading multi-channel commerce platform. Merchants use Shopify to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including mobile, web, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops. This free workshop will lead you through the basics from account settings, payments and information on what channels to sell on.

Workshop Detail Here

A not for profit initiative where customers can purchase vouchers now to redeem from your business when it’s open – despite the name it’s now expanded to include other businesses too. It would be great to have a host of St Heliers businesses on here.

Sign Up Here