Eligible North Canterbury businesses will be able to access up to $5,000 to put towards a range of approved support services thanks to the Regional Business Partner (RBP) COVID-19 Advisory Funding. The fund will be administered locally by Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC) - the local Regional Business Partner. ENC Business Support Manager Miles Dalton says the announcement of the advisory fund is a real boost for small businesses. “Right now, businesses need all the help and support they can get. We’re thrilled with the Government’s business support package to date, and to be able to offer this additional funding to help eligible businesses is great news,” he said. The Regional Business Partner Network was apportioned $4m from the Government’s business response package, $1.5m of which will be given to businesses through this COVID-19 Advisory Fund. Businesses will be able to access up to $5,000 (ex GST) each to fully fund one-on-one advice and support in the following areas: HR Health and wellness Business continuity planning Finance and cashflow management To be eligible for funding, businesses will need to have met with an RBP Growth Advisor (Miles Dalton or Guy Graham at ENC) and have registered on the RBP Platform . Funding will be at the discretion of the Growth Advisors with the aim to provide funds to as many eligible businesses as possible. In addition to meeting with an ENC Growth Advisor, businesses will need to meet the following criteria: Have fewer than 50 full time equivalent employees Be registered for GST in New Zealand Be operating in a commercial environment Be a privately owned businesses, or a Maori Trust or incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Maori assets under multiple ownership. If your business meets the above criteria and you wish to apply for the RBP Covid-19 Advisory Fund your next step is to arrange an assessment with Miles Dalton or Guy Graham at ENC. To arrange your assessment please email: Miles: firstname.lastname@example.org Guy: email@example.com Please note that the Business Support Team are currently swamped with enquiries surrounding all available business support, so please be patient and know that they will get back to you as soon as possible. For more information on the Regional Business Partner Network visit their website . For links to more business support and information please visit our COVID-19 page .