Publish date: 24/03/2020

Update: As of May 15, the RBP COVID-19 Advisory Fund has been fully allocated.

Eligible North Canterbury businesses will be able to access funds to put towards a range of approved support services thanks to the Regional Business Partner (RBP) COVID-19 Advisory Funding.

The fund will be administered locally by Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC) - the local Regional Business Partner. ENC Business Support Manager Miles Dalton says the announcement of the advisory fund is a real boost for small businesses.

“Right now, businesses need all the help and support they can get. We’re thrilled with the Government’s business support package to date, and to be able to offer this additional funding to help eligible businesses is great news,” he said.  

The Regional Business Partner Network was apportioned $4m from the Government’s business response package, $1.5m of which will be given to businesses through this COVID-19 Advisory Fund. Businesses will be able to access the fund pay for one-on-one advice and support in the following areas:

  • HR
  • Health and wellness
  • Business continuity planning
  • Finance and cashflow management

To be eligible for funding, businesses will need to have registered on the RBP Platform. An ENC Growth Advisor will then make contact with the registered business. Funding will be at the discretion of the Growth Advisors with the aim to provide funds to as many eligible businesses as possible.

In addition to registering on the RBP platform, businesses will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Have fewer than 50 full time equivalent employees
  • Be registered for GST in New Zealand
  • Be operating in a commercial environment
  • Be a privately owned businesses, or a Maori Trust or incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Maori assets under multiple ownership.

If your business meets the above criteria and you wish to apply for the RBP Covid-19 Advisory Fund your next step is to register on the RBP Platform.

For more information on the Regional Business Partner Network visit their website.

For links to more business support and information please visit our COVID-19 page.