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Payment plan options available – the sooner you book, the more months you can spread the payments over. Choose monthly internet banking on invoice, or monthly credit card payments via Splitit. Contact us for more information on 0800 JIGSAW.

Useful Links for Business

Useful Links for Business

Check out this list of useful links for businesses. Check back soon as we update this information regularly.

 

 

 

 

  • Ministry for Social Development
    MSD are the sole agency responsible for paying the wage subsidy and all superannuation and job seeker benefits.
    For general enquiries call 0800 559 009
    To contact the Ministry with wage subsidy queries, the number is 0800 40 80 40.
    If you are a superannuitant and require extra financial assistance at this difficult time, please call MSD on 0800 552 002.

 

  • Legal issues around employment contracts and Covid-19
    Contact your local Community Law centre for advice with employment contracts. In the Tauranga area it’s Baywide Community Law.  
    Here and here are some questions and answers on the subject of jobs at this time.
    To access the wage subsidy employers must sign this declaration.

 

 

  • Mental Health Helpline
    Call or text 1737 any time of the day or night.

 

 

 

 

 

  • ACC to delay invoicing
    Today ACC announced they will give firms more time and flexibility in making their levy payments this year. Invoices for the 2020/21 financial year would usually be sent from 1 July 2020 but will now be issued in October 2020. Other invoices issued throughout the year will also be on hold for three months. Payment options will be available once invoices are released. The changes add to the support ACC already has in place, for more see the ACC COVID-19 information for businesses page.

 

  • Treasury Weekly Economic Dashboard
    Treasury today has released its first COVID-19 Economic Dashboard, with a range of data to monitor the economy is doing with COVID-19. The Dashboard will be released every Friday – find it here.

 

  • Apprenticeship Support Programme 
    The Apprenticeship Support Programme is a cross-agency government response to help employers retain and bring on new apprentices, including Mana in Mahi participants, while dealing with the effects of COVID-19. Employers and businesses will be able to access support from either Apprenticeship Boost, Mana in Mahi, or the Regional Apprenticeships Initiative. The Group Training Schemes which some employers are part of will also receive additional support. This will be available from August 2020. Click here to read more. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Online platform to encourage Transtasman Trade
    The Auckland Business Chamber and Australian Business Chambers have teamed up to offer businesses on both sides of the Tasman a gateway into doing business with a fellow trusted Chamber qualified business.
    Join TransTasmanTrade.com and find a Chamber qualified business from both sides of the Tasman. You’ll also have Chamber support and expertise to help your business grow in these markets.
    Please note, this service is free for the first 12 months before the paid subscription starts.

 

Online Events and Webinars

Online Events and Webinars

Check out these awesome webinars that are on offer to help you and your business.
Check back soon for more events as this is updated regularly.

 

  • Fri 10 July 2pm
    WWBA Q&A drop-in session 
    Waikato Chamber of Commerce
    Are you considering on entering the 2020 Westpac Waikato Business Awards, but have some questions around the process, time, categories, whats required, how much you need to write etc? Join our drop-in session to get all the information you need.

 

 

  • Tue 21 July 2pm
    Adapting to the new business as usual
    Maisey Harris & Co.
    During the Covid19 crisis, ‘business as usual’ became ‘business unusual’. Suddenly, we found ourselves locked down in crisis or survival mode.
    As restrictions ease, we move into a business recovery phase. This is a time to re-invent how we operate and define a clear plan to reach a new ‘business as usual’.

 

  • Wed 29 July 11am
    Xero Training – Invoicing and Quotes
    Maisey Harris & Co. 
    Maisey Harris & Co are Xero Platinum Partners and Trainers who use Xero 100% with all their clients to help them make better decisions. Xero is an online accounting software that offers everything you need (& more) in real time, live on any device and at any location.
Business Expo Newsletter May 2020

Business Expo Newsletter May 2020

In our May edition of the Business Expo Newsletter:
 
• An Attitude of Gratitude
• Exhibit at the Business Expo
• Join These Awesome Businesses at the Expo
• Let’s Not Talk Ourselves into a Coronavirus Depression
• Webinars and Useful Links
 
Follow here to read more.
Rotorua Business Chamber Update

Rotorua Business Chamber Update

What you can do this week

ACTION PLAN FOR BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY COVID-19

  • Contact your bank manager for possible assistance or relief. Ensure that the companies own financing (if any) remains viable in the current situation.
  • Revisit your variable costs.
  • Cancel non-essential subscriptions etc.
  • Consider contacting suppliers and negotiating to extend payables.
  • Reach out to all creditors and debtors.
  • Negotiate rent reduction with your landlord.
  • Apply for COVID- 19 Government Wage Subsidy here.

Undertake financial scenario planning and cash flow projections.

    •  What revenue can I expect in? What bills do I need to pay? These scenarios will help with forward planning.
    • As times are uncertain, it is suggested you prepare 3 scenarios: conservative best case, likely and worst-case scenarios.  How long will the business survive in each scenario?
    • (You can use this handy template)

Create an action plan for each scenario.

    • Consider how many staff you need to keep on – and what will they do
    • If you need to start restructuring or reducing hours, how and when will you do this
    • Do you need to halt production of certain products or reduce services?
    • Consider the following areas: People & Productivity, Customers & Marketing,  Operations & Processes
    • Create a list of priorities and key tasks. Who is going to do what, and when do they need to do it by?

Apply for free professional advice. Under a new NZTE scheme, up to $5,000, fully funded business coaching and professional support are available from approved accountants, lawyers and HR professionals will shortly be available for Rotorua businesses who are GST registered.

Have employment questions? Contact EMA’s (Employer and Manufacturers Association) free helpline for employment advice (specifically aimed at employers) Phone 0800 300 362.

Consider reducing guaranteed work hours as an alternative to redundancy.

    • Many employment contracts state you must pay you, employees, 40 hours. Given the uncertainty around the timeframe of the non-essential business closure and the difficult financial environment when we get back to work, reducing your future legal requirements to employees ( ie: guaranteeing staff a minimum of 35 or 30 hours a week – instead of 40 ) may potentially help you to reduce redundancies and provide staff with income certainty for longer.

 

Source: Rotorua Business Chamber

Waikato Business Expo Forges On

Waikato Business Expo Forges On

We hope you and your team are bearing up okay under the strange business environment we are all operating in at present.  While it may have been an unexpected twist and may have been testing the bounds of your Business Continuity Planning, we know a lot of you will be working through new contingency plans to keep your teams safe, while still being able to carry on your business on a day to day basis.  Like you, we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and following Government guidelines with your safety always our priority.  It’s a challenging time but as we keep hearing, we are all in this together.

With more than 5 months until the Waikato Business Expo, we wanted to let you know that our goal is to still run the Waikato Business Expo in September, as long as we have the support of sponsors and exhibitors to make this event a success for everyone.  Depending on the timing, it could be just the tonic we all need for face to face contact and reconnecting.   We are closely in contact with our suppliers and, if necessary, we will postpone the event until a later date should circumstances dictate that need.

We are about to go into isolation due to an underlying health condition and we stand in solidarity with each of you (even if from a distance and through virtual connections), as we all work our way through the impact of this day today.  We know that businesses are hurting already and that there are sleepless nights for many.  But we also know that somehow, we will get through and we will come out the other side of this.  Some entrepreneurs will even find new opportunities as they navigate the changing landscape, and new businesses will be borne.

One thing is for sure, there is an endpoint to this at some stage, and NZ will come out of this in due course.  More than ever, the need for a Business Expo will be crucial as we come out of this and businesses look for a path forward.  The Expo will continue to be a great platform for exhibitors and sponsors to showcase their brands and to promote their products and services.  And there is the possibility that there will be new ways of doing things, new businesses, new products, new services, new ideas that didn’t even exist prior to COVID-19.

We appreciate that these are trying times and affecting everyone in some shape or form, however, we are a resilient bunch who will get through this and make NZ an even better place.

If you need to talk, please don’t hesitate to reach out, take care, stay safe and Kia Kaha.