COVID-19 Business Support

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Whanganui & Partners provides the Regional Business Partner (RBP) services for the Whanganui, Rangitīkei and Ruapehu regions.

Navigating your business through the COVID-19 pandemic can be daunting, but support is available from our Business Growth Advisor. Support available includes:

  1. Connecting businesses to professional service providers for help with issues such as cash flow management or business continuity planning
  2. How and where to access Government support, including navigating the Wage Subsidy Scheme and the recently announced Business Finance Guarantee Scheme 
  3. Assisting Māori businesses access the Government support available
  4. Providing business owners with an experienced Business Mentor to provide additional guidance over the next 12 months
  5. Facilitating funding for Research and Development, including project grants
  6. Distributing COVID-19 advisory funding to provide support in areas such as HR, health and wellbeing, business continuity, cashflow and finance management, strategy and digital capability

To access this programme, register with the Regional Business Partner Network. You'll be connected to Whanganui & Partners' Business Growth Advisor, who will work with you one-on-one to address your business needs.


About the Regional Business Partners (RBP) network

The RBP network connects with Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Business Mentors New Zealand to provide services, tools, and connections to training and development to support the growth of businesses in our region.

If you identify as a Māori business, we can connect you with specific support, organisations and training and development programmes designed to establish, support and grow Māori businesses and the economy.

This free service is delivered in partnership with CEDA, Business Mentors New Zealand, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation.

Sector Support

Whanganui & Partners works especially closely with businesses in the agribusiness, manufacturing, logistics, retail, visitor and creative industries. If your business operates in one of these industries, get in touch with our team and we'll connect you to the Strategic Lead for your sector, who would love to hear about your experiences and share relevant resources. For the visitor and creative industries, our Strategic Leads coordinate Facebook groups to help you connect with others in the sector and share news and information. Join via the links below.

Whanganui Visitor Industry Facebook Group

Whanganui Artists & Creatives Facebook Group

More Information for Businesses

Visit our COVID-19 landing page for more information and resources available to business owners affected by COVID-19.

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