New support centre buffers Waikato businesses

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Waikato business are benefitting from a new phone-based support centre that is providing advice and assistance to organisations affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Targeting small to medium sized firms, the Waikato Business Support initiative is a partnership with councils and led by Waikato’s regional economic development agency, Te Waka.

The new service is part of cohesive and growing efforts by the Waikato community to support businesses hit hard by COVID-19 Alert Level 4 and the lockdown period, together with a focus on business recovery beyond lockdown.

The Waikato business community is strong and will continue to rally to protect its own from the COVID-19 fallout.

Te Waka’s job is to help Waikato businesses survive, revive and grow post COVID-19. That means pooling our resources and working together with others to accelerate business recovery and enhance business capability.

This project is also about taking a longer-term view and thinking about reviving economic activity and growth in the region post COVID-19.

The Waikato Business Support initiative strengthens Te Waka’s existing Business Growth Service. It offers Waikato business owners access to a first point of contact, with the knowledge and skills to help them access an even broader range of skills and expertise at a time when they need it most.

Waikato Business Support will provide an effective way to connect Waikato businesses to local and national government support resources. It will also reassure business owners that help and resources are available to help them navigate their way through this uncertain time.

For more information about Waikato Business Support call 07 929 4673 WBZ HOPE or visit the website www.waikatobusinesssupport.nz to register for a call back.

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