CEO comment 18 June 2020

18 June 2020

Virginia webThe move to alert level 1 has been welcomed by business.  We have seen the benefit of this last weekend with the Highlanders match on Saturday in Dunedin.  The town was alive – with retailers, accommodation providers, cafés and restaurants all very busy providing services to the rugby fans.  

The covid-19 extension to the wage subsidy has opened for applications.  This is designed to support employers who are significantly impacted by covid-19 after the wage-subsidy ends.  You can read more here.

Applications for Government small business loans of up to $100,000 have been extended and are available until 24 July for eligible businesses to help with cash flow.  You can find out more here.

There is new support for commercial rent disputes.  There is Government support underway to help small businesses resolve disputes over their commercial rent agreements during covid-19.  Find out more details here.

We would like to encourage you to take part in the Deloitte – Chapman Tripp Election Survey which is run through BusinessNZ.  This influential survey conveys to politicians, media and the public the interests and concerns of the business community.  Please use OSEA followed by the name of your business as your code.  The survey closes on 24 June, and you can start the survey here.

As always any feedback is welcome.

Ngā mihi nui \ with kind regards,


Virginia Nicholls | CEO |

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