Support for Kāpiti businesses
Both Council and central government have provided a range of support to businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic and our recovery from lockdowns. These are outlined further on this page.
Various financial support schemes from central Government are available to help businesses and their employees recover from the effects of COVID-19.
For more information and how to apply, see:
- wage subsidy schemes
- business finance guarantee scheme
- business cashflow and tax measures
- small business cashflow loan scheme
- insolvency relief for businesses
- financial support tool.
WellingtonNZ has been allocated funding from the central government’s stimulus package to connect business owners to expert advice and services.
WellingtonNZ is hosting regular webinars to connect you with practical business advice and support. Get real-time advice from experts on how to manage the impacts of COVID-19 on your business.
We're talking with Wellington experts about how to plan for change and uncertainty, how to track financial and non-financial indicators of your business to better understand your status and make sure you're not caught out when the market shifts.
Register for future workshops and view recordings of past workshops at Building Business Resilience – Regional.
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In April, Council implemented a range of immediate actions to support local people and businesses in response to COVID-19, including:
- removing rates late payment penalties for rest of 2019/20
- a June 2020 rates payment holiday for those impacted by COVID-19
- waiving rent payments for three months for major tenants
- providing rapid supplier payments, aiming for seven-day payments
- 90-day credit terms for invoices
- refunding consent deposits and fees if applicants request to withdraw their application
- refunding a quarter of fees for food, alcohol and outdoor dining licenses paid in the current financial year
- increasing weighting for local businesses in procurement processes
- allowing community boards to repurpose unallocated discretionary grants for 2019/20 to COVID-19 response initiatives
- allowing flexibility to repurpose remaining social investment grants in 2019/20 as appropriate
- extending existing library book loans by six weeks.
For businesses, the particular support included the automatically waived rent payments for three months for Council’s major commercial tenants, and refunding 25 percent of fees for food, alcohol and outdoor dining licences paid in the 1 July 2019–30 June 2020 financial year.
These measures were a first step in the social and economic recovery for our district; work is ongoing to look at ways we can support our community and district to recover.
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