Supporting Regional Businesses through COVID-19

Regional Business Partnership funding for COVID-19 professional services support

As part of its COVID-19 business support initiative, the New Zealand Government has announced the injection of $25m into providing professional services for small to medium sized businesses. One of the specific channels the Government has selected for distributing and allocating these funds is through the Regional Business Partner Program (RBP).  

PwC are an approved RBP professional services provider and eligible businesses can access our COVID-19 Business Continuity Planning workshops.

COVID-19 Advisory Funding

The COVID-19 assistance available through the RBP program is the provision of up to $5,000 to offset professional service costs in relation to:

  • business continuity planning
  • cash flow management and forecasting
  • HR
  • health and wellbeing.

Business eligibility:

To be eligible, you must:

  • have undergone a brief assessment with an approved RBP Growth Advisor
  • employ up to 100 staff 
  • be registered for GST in New Zealand
  • be operating a commercial enterprise.

It is important to note that approval is not automatic, but the clear intention from the Government is to get support to businesses promptly as the funding must be utilised by 30 June 2020.

Details of the RBP Program can be found on their website

Provider eligibility:

PwC is an approved RBP provider and is passionate about helping our clients navigate these challenging times and thrive in the future. As such, our team established a PwC COVID-19 Business Continuity Planning workshop. 

This one-to-one interactive workshop has been designed to assist businesses in understanding the different strategies and tools to manage their business finances, cashflows and business sustainability through and past the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note these workshops will need to be delivered and invoiced prior to the 30th June 2020.

To find out if you are eligible for funding and learn more about PwC’s COVID-19 Business Continuity Planning workshop, please connect regionally with our PwC Partners.


This content is accurate as of 23 April 2020. It is for general information purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for consultation with our professional advisors. If you wish to understand the potential implications of COVID-19 for your business, please get in touch. To find an advisor and to see more of our general guidance for businesses, please visit our COVID-19 webpage at

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Mark McCabe

Waikato Managing Partner, Waikato, PwC New Zealand

+64 27 459 3395


Andrew Jamieson

Executive Director, Auckland, PwC New Zealand

+64 21 711 641


Dan Hansen

Partner, Auckland, PwC New Zealand

+64 21 059 6233


Peter Cody

Partner, Canterbury, PwC New Zealand

+64 27 511 6574


Campbell Furlong

Partner, Hawke's Bay, PwC New Zealand

+64 27 525 0568


Owen Gibson

Partner, Wellington, PwC New Zealand

+64 21 599 818


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