Could your business be eligible for up to $5,000 in additional support from the Government? An extra $25 million has been made available through the Regional Business Partner Network – if your business is eligible you can access payments towards services to help boost your success this year.

How does it work?

Register for the Regional Business Partner Network and your company may be eligible for $5,000 + GST from the Covid-19 Business Advisory Fund. The money can be used for Covid-19 listed support services with other RBPN members, including SME Financial. The money is 100% funded – your business does not need to co-fund it with a match or contribution. 

Is your business eligible?

To be eligible, your business must:

  1. Register with the RBPN and undergo assessment with a Growth Adviser.

  2. Employ fewer than 100 full-time employees.

  3. Be GST registered in NZ and have a New Zealand Business Number.

  4. Not be a charitable trust or incorporated society.

How to sign up for the RBPN and get $5,000 towards SEM account fees.
  1. If you’ve never used the RBPN before, the first step is to sign up on the website. There’s a short form to fill in which requires your IRD and GST numbers. You will need to verify your email address.

  2. Once you’re signed up, email your local support desk with your GST number. For example, for Auckland businesses, that email address is

  3. Quote SME Financial as the Referrer into the programme.

  4. To find out which package suits your business best, call or email us, or search our packages here on the marketplace. You can choose from multiple providers or just one.

What options are available from SME Financial?

We have made four packages and three services available for RBPN members:

  • Covid kickstarter package: new clients only

  • Covid response business advisory package: small business

  • Covid response business advisory package: medium business

  • Covid response business advisory package: large business

  • Budget and cashflow forecasting service

  • Finance applications for Covid-19 support

  • Business continuity planning

Be patient – the system is slow at the moment. 

 Keep pushing to get yourself on the radar. There is a limited fund of money available so get your business registered now and keep in touch.

We’re here to help! 

This is a tough time for everyone, but the team here at SME Financial has been working for several months now to support most of our clients through wage subsidy applications, tax deferrals and cashflow forecasts. 

Talk to us today if we can help in any way.

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