Business planning and finance

Resources available for your business to mitigate the impact of COVID-19

As you navigate what the next steps are for your business in response to COVID-19, the below resources will help to connect you with the information needed to strategically plan for the future

Business support


A support network of business experts where businesses can ask for help, seek advice and offer their own support. Learn more

Manaaki has recently signed up with Swiftly to provide 1000 kiwi businesses with an Ecommerce website free of charge, forever! Learn more

NZ Coronavirus discussion group

A private Facebook forum to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on your business and share ideas, strategies and approaches on how to minimise the impacts. Organised through EMA, ExportNZ, Otago Southland Employers Association, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Business Central. Learn more

National COVID-19 Business Helpline 

For specific advice and help in the areas of Human Resources, Employment Relations, or Health and Safety, the Regional Business Partner Network has established a COVID-19 Business Helpline. 

The helpline will aim to solve any initial businesses challenges in these areas and if more help is required, then you will be referred to a Business Growth Advisor who will also be able to outline the advisory support that may be available

COVID-19 Business Helpline: 0800 505 096

Planning tools

Remote working tools and networks

A collection of tools to support you and your business in working remotely and increasing online capability. Learn more

Kiwi Business Boost

Information and support, including COVID-19 guidance, tailored to the needs of your business. Learn more

Combating COVID-19 with resilience

Global insights from Deloitte to help your business not only respond to this crisis but recover and thrive. Learn more

Navigating through COVID-19

McCulloch + Partners have outlines some high-level steps, which can guide you and your business through COVID-19 and help to manage your liabilities on current cash reserves at this time. Learn more

Managing your cashflow

A guide from NZTE for managing your cashflow through COVID-19 and ensuring you can have informed conversations with funders and advisors. Learn more

Enabling staff to work remotely 

A guide for employers helping employees to set up remote working including information on cybersecurity and business communication. Learn more

Continuity and contingency planning 

A step-by-step guide prepared by BusinessNZ which is vital to your business’s survival. Learn more

Regional Business Partner Network Funding

As the Business Partner for the Southland region, Great South is using additional RBP funding to connect Southland businesses with one-on-one support and advice. Learn more

Marketing and Sales

Resources to help your sales initiatives and marketing plan see eye-to-eye to ensure a greater chance of success. Learn more

COVID-19 and the workplace: FAQs

Copeland Ashcroft Law has developed a FAQs sheet on COVID-19 and the workplace> Learn more

What to do in a data breach 

Find out what you can do if you have been caught up in a data breach. Learn more


A toolkit of free resources for local businesses. Learn more

Trade-related resources

Air Freight options

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is working with Air New Zealand, freight forwarders, exporters and government agencies to support additional charter flights for exporters and importers across New Zealand. Learn more
**If you are a Southland exporter requiring alternative freight options for your export products please get in touch with Bobbi Brown at Great South or Nigel Finnerty at Invercargill Airport

NZ Marketplace

Managed by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE), this is a matching platform to allow New Zealand businesses to connect with other New Zealand businesses that may need or have extra resources at this time. Learn more

Insights from KPMG 

Information on industry/sector implications of COVID-19 including agri-food, banking, construction, forestry, infrastructure, insurance, leisure & hospitality, mid-market, property, retail, tourism and transport. Learn more

Activating domestic tourism - DGit

Insight into domestic marketing and recommendations on what channels to use to increase engagement. Learn more

Sector-specific resources

Tool for tourism businesses

Innovative online tool to help boost the value you get from domestic tourism. Learn more

Trip Advisor support

Information on the support and new features available from Trip Advisor for tourism and hospitality providers. Learn more

Manage sheep and beef farms during COVID-19 

Advice from Beef and Lamb NZ (B+LNZ) on managing feed in light of reduced processing capacity and feed constraints across the country. Learn more

Farmers can also call 0800BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352) for one-on-one advice on pulling together a feed plan 

Information for dairy farmers

Resources associated with selling stock alternatives and keeping safe on your dairy farm. Learn more

Information for the Aotearoa arts and events sector

A platform for sharing ideas, resources, responses, strategies in response to COVID-19. Learn more


Food and hospitality workplace safety training available online. Learn more

Council rates information

What you need to know about paying your council rates in response to COVID-19

Southland District Council

If you usually pay your Southland District Council rates by cheque, please use direct debit for the time being. You can set this up here  

If you are in financial difficulty, please email or ring 0800 732 732 to ask for a rates staff member to contact you.

Invercargill City Council 

If you are having difficulty paying your Invercargill City Council rates, or have any questions or concerns, you can email at

The resources on this page contain links to other websites. Great South takes no responsibility for the information published on these sites and at the time of publication, had identified this as being a useful resource for business in response to COVID-19.

Areas of resource for your business: 

Unite against COVID-19 

The latest information from the Government and the ways that you can help to prevent the spread of the virus can be found here

Business Webinars

Webinars available to support your business in response to COVID-19

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Southland job listings

Employment opportunities available across the Southland region

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