Hutt Valley Covid-19 Business Support Group

Funding and Support for Hutt Valley Businesses

WellingtonNZ has been allocated funding from the Covid-19 Business Advisory Fund, to connect business owners to expert advice and services. This funding has been made available to help Hutt Valley businesses adapt to the challenges of Covid-19.

Up to $5,000 (+ GST) is available to business owners to access advice and support through the Regional Business Partner Network. This funding can be used on a range of registered service providers, depending on the needs of the business.

Advice and assistance can be provided in the following areas:
  • HR/Employee relations and legal
  • Financial and cashflow management
  • Health and wellness
  • Business continuity planning
  • Marketing strategy
  • Digital enablement strategy.

if you are a Hutt Valley based registered service provider, please let us know by emailing If you would like to become a registered service provider, you can register here.

Frequently asked questions

When is this funding available?

Funding is available now and is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Once approved, you will have six months to complete the professional advisory work, starting from the date the voucher is issued.

Once registered you will receive a response within a few days.You can register your business here.

Funding closes on 30 October 2020.

Am I eligible?

If you can answer “yes” to the following, you are eligible:

  • You own the business
  • You have less than 100 full-time staff
  • You are GST registered and have a NZ business number
  • You have been trading for at least six months
Can I get cash from this fund?

No. You can apply for advice and training from a registered service provider.

Can I use my own accountant or advisor?

Yes, but they must register as a provider.

How do I register?

You can register here.

Do I have to pay the money back?

No. No money changes hands.

How do I find out more?

Call WellingtonNZ for further information on 0800 500 362.

The Hutt Valley Covid-19 Business Support Group was formed in March 2020 to help Hutt Valley businesses through the implications of Covid-19. This team consists of the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, Upper Hutt City Council and Hutt City Council.

Find out more about the Hutt Valley Covid-19 Business Response Team here or watch some past livestream broadcasts below, featuring Helen Down, our CEO and Upper Hutt City Council and Hutt City Council.

Hutt Valley Chamber CEO, Helen Down talks with Hutt City Council Mayor Campbell Barry and Upper Hutt City Council Mayor Wayne Guppy about business recovery. Livestream replay from 8 May.

Hutt Valley Chamber CEO, Helen Down talks with Meka Whaitiri MP and Hutt City Council Mayor, Campbell Barry about business recovery. This livestream took place on 6 May.