All resources and tools are free and available to use right now.

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited works with key council, government and private sector partners to help Auckland businesses navigate the changing economic landscape.

Here are the topics of online resources and tools you will find on this page to help your business towards recovery.

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COVID-19: Financial support for businesses

Find out about the financial support available to help you, your business and employees through the response to COVID-19.

First Steps – health and wellbeing support

Support for the many business owners across Tāmaki Makaurau under pressure from the ongoing mental and emotional impact of COVID-19.

Business community resources

Access free tools, resources, and events to help move your business forward in 2022. Join the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Business Community.

 

Marketing

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Free websites

Zeald

SME website designers Zeald are offering free e-commerce websites for small to medium sized businesses for a limited time. First in, first served.

Free brand health check

Re:Brand

Branding agency Re:Brand has developed a quick and easy questionnaire covering five key areas of business, which provides a performance report on a company’s brand’s health. 

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Do business online

Business.govt.nz

Setting up a new e-commerce business? Growing or expanding your existing business with an online presence? Learn how to do it right. Describe where you’re starting from and the team from business.govt.nz will recommend advice, tools, and tips to help.

Google business tools

Google

See what tools are available from Google to help grow your business. Answer a few questions and they’ll help you find the right Google products for your business.

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Digital Boost

Business.govt.nz

Digital Boost is a series of free online courses to give your business the digital skills to do business smarter. They’re taught by Kiwi experts who make it all straightforward. Learn how to turn targeted advertising into sales, get a website that wins customers, use apps to do admin for you, and heaps more.

Free digital marketing academy

Hubspot

Learn business skills through quick, practical courses or comprehensive certifications.

 

Finance and cashflow management

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Government Financial Support

New Zealand Government

In response to COVID-19 the Government is acting to support the economy. The package includes a wage subsidy scheme, business cash flow and tax measures, and Māori community and business support 

Cash flow forecaster

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Cash flow is critical to every business, showing what's coming in and going out. Forecasting your cash flow helps you understand your business health. Check out MBIE's latest cash flow forecasting tool to discover your business health now. 

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Funding explorer

Business.govt.nz

Your business might have more funding options available than you realise. Describe your situation and business.govt.nz will help you explore the best options for your small business.

Financing your business

Xero.com

Does your business need finance?

Learn about finance types, approaching lenders and investors, and more.

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Understanding small business payroll

Xero.com

Is your business growing?

Learn about employee payroll and working with Inland Revenue Department.

 

Business strategy and continuity planning 

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Business continuity plan

Auckland Emergency Management  

This business continuity planning guide is designed to help small to medium businesses or organisations without a plan in place yet. Planning will give a better chance of recovering quickly. See below Auckland Emergency Management guides and plans.

Benefits of networking

Business.govt.nz

No matter what stage you’re at with your business, networking can be hugely beneficial. From prepping and attending to following up, there are plenty of things to consider so you’re ready to get out and meet some new people.

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Introduction to business strategy

Business.govt.nz

Spending time to set the right strategy gives you clear goals for success, and connects your people and activities to those goals. This page will help you demystify strategy by breaking down what it is, why it's important, and how and when to focus on it.

Accessibility self-assessment tool

Be. Lab

With 1 in 4 Kiwis living with a disability or access need, businesses have an opportunity to tap into more customers by making simple accessibility improvements to their spaces, products and services. Get started with this free self-assessment tool.

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Checkable – website diagnostic tool

Digital Boost

Take control of your digital presence – find out how well your website is working and how effective your social media is. Checkable offers helpful insights to evaluate your online presence and create a plan of action.

Tourism operator toolkit

Auckland Unlimited

Our tourism team has put this resource together, based on the questions they get asked most often and feedback they receive from tourism operators and other industry professionals Use this toolkit to maximise opportunities and unlock your tourism business’s potential.

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Protecting your business

Business.govt.nz

If you’re working for yourself or starting a business, there are many things you can do now that will safeguard your investments in the future.

Surviving supply chain disruption

Asb.co.nz

Even the most efficient supply chains experience disruptions. Learn more about how you can minimise the impact they have on your business.

 

Sustainability and climate action

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Sustainability tools for business

Sustainable Business Network

Access free practical tools and resources to get started on your sustainability journey. From strategy to procurement and zero waste, there are plenty of ways to make your business more sustainable.

Emissions reduction

FutureFit

Take climate action, develop resilience and support your people to reduce their emissions with FutureFit in business. This comprehensive package includes an internal engagement programme and resources to support your people to live more carbon-friendly lifestyles.

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Carbon offsetting

Carbon Click

To make a real difference in the fight against climate change, we need to act on our carbon emissions at every level. It doesn’t matter if you’re a local or global business – Carbon Click is here to make climate action easy for you, your staff and your customers.

Sustainable tourism

Tourism Industry Aotearoa

The New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment aims to see every New Zealand tourism business committed to sustainability by 2025. Make sure your tourism business is part of the change.

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Climate action toolbox

Business.govt.nz

This toolbox brings together a range of tailored information for businesses to reduce carbon emissions. It’s free and simple to use - find out what your business can do for the planet right now.

Online circular economy training

XLabs - LEARN

Learn how to identify your businesses’ emissions, waste, and pollution and how to apply the elements of a circular economy model.

 

HR and people management

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Employment agreements

Business.govt.nz

This tool helps you create tailored employment agreements for your staff. Employment agreements are a legal requirement – and a great foundation for an employment relationship.

Productive workplaces

Employment New Zealand

A productive workplace starts with a positive culture where employers and employees work together to achieve good work and make continual improvements. Check out Employment New Zealand for tips on how to achieve a productive workplace.

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How to be a good leader

Business.govt.nz

You don’t have to be a business dynamo to lead well. Today, empathy and trust are among the most important skills you need to successfully lead a business. Find out what good leadership looks like, why it’s important and fine-tune your skills.

Diversity in the workplace resources

Diversity Works

Find out how you can foster diversity and inclusion in your workplace with business resources from Diversity Works, including top tips, case studies, research and webinars.

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Employing young people

Auckland Unlimited

Are you an employer looking to hire young people? Get information on funding for apprenticeships and training, where to find young talent, and why it’s good for business.

Introduction to holidays and leave

Business.govt.nz

There are different rules for different types of leave. Understanding your obligations as an employer makes it easier to work out leave entitlements and approve leave applications — leading to happier, more productive employees.

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Pay and employment equity

Employment.govt.nz

Gender should not affect a person’s pay, work conditions, experience in the workplace or access to jobs.

Managing age-diverse workers

Business.govt.nz

As the population ages and more people work later in life, New Zealand’s workforce will include more people aged 50-plus. This toolkit will help you hire, develop and retain valued skills and knowledge for your business.

 

1-1 Business support

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Ask a question

Manaaki

Tap into this support network of business experts, lifting the mana of small businesses by helping them navigate COVID-19. Seek advice or offer support.

Chamber Mentors

Auckland Business Chamber

Looking for business direction? Tap into the Auckland Business Chamber business network and work with an experienced, motivated and skilled mentor to start benefitting your business today.

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Business Mentor

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited & Business Mentors NZ

Get the support you need to achieve your business goals. Connect with experienced business people who’ve walked in your shoes, or who have expertise in the area you need.

 

Māori and Pacific business support

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Māori Business Clinics

Māori Business Clinics

Are you a Māori business owner in Tāmaki Makaurau looking to access advice, assistance and connections to local experts and resources? Contact our dedicated Māori Business Advisor to set-up a meeting.

Māori Business Collab webinar series

Auckland Unlimited | RBP | Whāriki Māori Business Network

Designed to connect Māori businesses with services and support available during these challenging time. Catch up on all previous webinars to learn from leading industry experts.

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Māori Business Helpline

Poutama Trust

This is the COVID-19 support line for Māori businesses, for direct access to specialist advisors who can provide support for business owners and employers during these difficult times. Call 0800 4POUTAMA (0800 476 882) 

Pacific Business Assessment

Pacific Business Trust  

The Pacific Business Trust are helping Pacific organisations every day with practical business assistance. Their service is free and their knowledgeable business advisors are helping in practical ways with personalised support.

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Māori Business Network

Whariki.co.nz

Whāriki is the largest Māori business network in New Zealand, bringing together Māori business owners and Māori professionals working amongst some of the most exciting corporates in Aotearoa.

 

 

Health, wellbeing and safety

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Your positive partner to mental wellbeing

Mentemia

So maybe you’ve got a business plan. A nutrition plan. A financial plan. A fitness plan. But what about a mental wellbeing plan? Mentemia is packed with evidence-based ideas and tools to help you learn how to be well, and stay well. It helps you deal with the most common stressors we experience in the modern connected world today - poor sleep, anxiety and stress.  With Mentemia, you’ll discover what things can help you feel more energised, more productive, and better equipped for whatever the world throws at you today.

Check in with your team’s wellbeing

Xero

The team at Xero has developed The Check In which gives small business leaders simple actions to introduce wellbeing into the workplace. All workplaces play a role in building people’s resilience and wellbeing, so they can better cope with setbacks, take advantage of opportunities and be productive members of families, communities and workplaces. It can be hard to know where to start, so Xero has created this tool for SMEs, to help them support their teams to thrive.

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Five ways into wellbeing

Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation says building five actions into your day-to-day lives has been proven to enhance the wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and organisations. You can introduce any of these actions into your life, any time, and you will begin to feel the benefits. Whakatōkia ngā rautaki māmā nei ki tō ao kia rongo ai koe i ngā painga.

Wellbeing quiz for your business

Good4Work

Good4Work is an online workplace wellbeing tool designed for small to medium-sized workplaces and those getting started with workplace wellbeing. Good4Work takes you through a step-by-step process to help you identify and complete actions to change your workplace environment and culture. It focuses on four areas – the way we work, the place we work, the way we connect and the way we lead.

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Manage stress, build resilience and find balance

MYOB

You’re not alone if stress from your business is impacting on your sleep, relationships, your mental wellbeing and other aspects of your life – in ‘normal’ times, let alone times like these. To help out, MYOB wants to make mental health everyone’s business and has partnered with Smiling Mind to deliver a Small Business Programme to support the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of small business owners.

Managing health and safety in the workplace

WorkSafe

Stay up to date with the latest guidance and advice from WorkSafe, from current alert level restrictions to operating safely in your industry.

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Health & wellbeing for business leaders

Firststeps.nz

When you are operating in an unbalanced world it can take its toll on anxiety levels, wellness, stress, and even impact the quality of sleep. First Steps provides access to health and wellbeing support tailored to the many business owners across Tāmaki Makaurau that are feeling overwhelmed, isolated, and under pressure from the mental and emotional impact of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

 

Hibernating or closing a business

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Considering your options

Business.govt.nz

There are many reasons to consider closing your business. Business.govt.nz provides information, tips and resources and helps you explore the alternatives, from selling up to finding ways to turn around your finances.

Closing a business

EMA

There are many reasons to consider closing your business. Explore the alternatives, from selling up to finding ways to turn around your finances. Please scroll to 'Successfully Closing Your Business'.

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Selling your business

Business.govt.nz

When it’s time to sell your business – whether you operate it as a sole trader, partnership or company – you’ll want to get the best price you can for it. You’ll also need to know how to sell it, who to and what it’s really worth.

 

Useful business contacts

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Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) provide information on employer’s responsibilities and laws relating to employment, health & safety and immigration

Consumer Protection

Consumer Protection’s main purpose is to inform and educate New Zealanders about the process of buying – and delivering trusted, competitive, well-regulated markets and creating an environment in which the interests of consumers are protected, businesses compete effectively, consumers and businesses participate confidently.

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Statistics New Zealand

Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa is New Zealand's official data agency. They collect information from people and organisations through censuses and surveys and this information to publish insights and data about New Zealand, and support others to use the data.

The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa

National regulator of legal profession in New Zealand, with dedicated duties and powers focused on monitoring and enforcing the rules that apply to lawyers and the way they practise law.

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New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

New Zealand’s international business development agency. Their role is to help New Zealand businesses grow bigger, better, and faster in international markets.

Civil Defence Auckland

Auckland Emergency Management is a part of Auckland Council and works in partnership with emergency services and other organisations to ensure effective coordination of civil defence and emergency management within its area.

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Worksafe New Zealand

Aotearoa’s primary workplace health and safety regulator. Working to lift New Zealand's health and safety performance and support workers to return home healthy and safe.

Local boards – Auckland Council

Auckland Council are charged with decision-making on local issues, activities and services, and provide input into regional strategies, policies, plans and decisions.

 

Watch and learn

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Local business stories

From IT to food and beverage, our Auckland Unlimited business growth team has helped a variety of businesses transform their products and services, break into new markets and export to the world.

Top tips for business

Hear from Auckland business experts as they share their top tips for other businesses, covering topics from digital readiness and market validation to diversity and looking after your people.

Business time management

The Marketing Company have recorded five free in-depth webinars, with a supporting workbook, to arm business owners with the right tools and mindset to productively manage their time.