Business Advice Support

Available Support

Business Advice includes access to expert advice, strategy and planning to businesses in the Auckland region. This will enable businesses to address their most immediate challenges, like changing target markets and developing fresh marketing strategies, creating a digital media plan, financial planning and cashflow management, or overall business management, continuity, and strategy.

You can access advice if you are considering hibernating or closing your business, or are looking to scale. The advice should lead to a plan to overcome challenges and/or identify opportunities and map out the scope of the work required to achieve the plan. Auckland businesses can apply for up to $3000 + GST through Business Advice support.

Eligibility Criteria

Business eligibility criteria: To access the Business Advice support, your business must:

Be operating with 100 full time equivalent employees or less

Be GST registered in New Zealand

Have a New Zealand Business Number (NZBN)

Be operating in a commercial environment

Be a privately-owned business or are a Māori Trust or incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Māori assets under multiple ownership

Primarily operate within the Auckland Alert Level 3 boundary

Be an existing business that is trading prior to 22 October 2021

Services that are available: Your business can access expert advice and support in the following areas:

Business Planning, Strategy and Continuity (e.g. workforce planning, risk management, new products, new markets, new opportunities, operational improvements)

Financial Planning and Cashflow Management (e.g. budgeting, forecasting, scenario planning)

HR and Employee Relations and Legal (e.g. people leadership, advice about attracting and retaining staff, contract law, legal requirements, COVID-19 framework guidelines)

Business Hibernation or Exit (e.g. liquidation plan and succession planning advice)

Marketing Advice (e.g.  marketing strategies, value proposition development)

Digital Marketing (e.g. digital marketing strategy, website strategy)

Digital Enablement (e.g. digital productivity, client interaction strategy, operational digitisation, cyber security)

Health and Safety Advice (e.g. working within COVID-19 framework guidelines)

Health and Wellbeing Advice for your business to support your workforce (e.g. to develop plans to support wellbeing and build resilience of your employees)

Application process

Eligible businesses can apply for Business Advice via the following key steps:

Step 1 – Complete the online registration form (if you need support finding a service provider, one of our Business Advisors will set up a meeting to help you).

Step 2 - Log in to the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal.

Step 3 - Find your referral plan, request a proposal from your service provider and apply for your Business Advice support. 

Step 4 - If application is approved and contracts signed, commence work with selected service provider. 

Step 5 – Tell us when the work is complete to facilitate payment to your service provider.

Step 6 – Have your say about your experience; we are keen for your feedback. 

Business Advice

Activate Tāmaki Makaurau can connect your business to expert advice and support to keep you moving forward. We can help with areas like financial planning and cashflow management, developing your marketing strategy, creating a digital media plan, or help with your overall business management, continuity, and strategy.

Click here to register now.

SOURCE: Auckland Unlimited

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Bernadette Robert

Bernadette Robert