Covid-19 updates

Keeping small business running now and in the future

Business continuity is more important than ever. We’re here to help you understand what government support you can get, teach you new skills, tips to take your business online or manage working remotely. We’re also sharing inspirational stories from the world of small business. This is just the beginning, so keep checking back on what more we can do.

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Latest updates just in

See the latest updates and stories for support and inspiration where you need it.


Hear from Craig Hudson about moving into level two

Hear from Xero Managing Director Craig Hudson on how you can support local small businesses as we move into alert level 2 and beyond. Watch now

Accessing the governments interest free loan scheme

Accessing the Government's interest free loan scheme

Under the Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme, the Government will provide interest free loans for 12 months to small businesses, including sole traders and self-employed, who are impacted by COVID-19.  Read more

Take your business online

Take your business online

Take your bricks and mortar business online - watch these handy tips on how to take advantage of the opportunities available when moving online.  There are also tools within Xero’s app marketplace to help you get set up for success.  Watch now


Quick guide to Government Support. Read

Moving your retail business online.  Read

Online tools for your practice or business. Watch

How to get your food business online. Read

Work life balance for business owners. Watch

Manage your business remotely. Resources

Business continuity plans to get up and running. Resources

Government supports businesses & individuals. Resources

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Tune in to free educational content

Register for our regular webinars or access resources to stay up to date on government support, navigating these changes in Xero and more.

Business support from banks

This two part webinar series explores whether lending is right for you and helps you get bank ready if you’ve made the decision to apply for finance.

Improve your cash flow: options before considering lending
Register for this to explore whether lending is the right option for you. Plus get some practical tips to improve your cash flow and business stability.

Applying for finance: what you need to know
In this webinar, we’ll help you get bank ready, explore your finance options, the information lenders might need, and how to apply.

Xero Hour

Join us for Xero Hour where guest speakers will share their expertise on meaningful topics  and  provide the opportunity for you to connect and share with others.  See your next session below. 

Xero Hour for Partners: “Be resilient in a virtual world”.  Register here

Xero Hour for Small Businesses: Special Edition ‘E-commerce-take your business online’ with Rocketspark. Register here

Master your businesses cash flow

Understanding your cash flow is crucial for any business. If you’re new to the idea of managing your cash flow, we’ve put together a complete overview on how you can manage and automate this in Xero.

Learn more

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Xero Assistance Programme


Your mental wellbeing is important to us. You, your employees and families can access free and confidential mental health counselling and resources through the Xero Assistance Programme.

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Visit Xero Central for tools to help your business get through unforeseen disruptions. Register for upcoming webinars, find business and mental health resources, and connect with the Xero community to share your experience. 

We'll continue to add useful resources and information so keep checking in.

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Hear how our customers are doing

In times like these, connecting with others helps. Check out these videos to hear how our partners and business owners are supporting their teams and adapting to the new way of doing business.

Jordan Rondel from The Caker
Katie & Bonny from Waiheke Home Styling
Shyr Godfrey from Forty Thieves Nut Butter
Tom from Radikal Neon

There's more to the story

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Behind small business supporters

Here’s just a few organisations that are helping small businesses during these challenging times.

Kea Connect - powered by Xero

Connecting small businesses to global networks to help grow and scale. As a champion of Kiwi SMB’s for over ten years, Kea Connect provides free access to a network of high-impact Kiwi’s overseas, who are keen to help other globally-minded Kiwi’s.


Check out these webinars from leaders in the business world on the new global landscape, selling in a tough market and building stronger leadership teams. 

Regional Business Partner Network

Register with the Regional Business Partner Network to connect with a growth advisor for specialist, tailored advice - fast.  Eligible businesses can get access to free specialist advice and support for cash flow financial management and planning, business continuity planning and HR.

SOS Business

Buy a voucher now, redeem from your local later.  A not-for-profit initiative allowing Kiwis to get in behind their local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Get advice from the experts. Mannaki is a support network for all Kiwi small business owners with questions about running their business.


A delicious directory of 1000+ independent businesses delivering during the lockdown, updated daily. 

Get help to navigate what comes next

Your accountant or bookkeeper is key for advice on your specific circumstances and can help with contingency, cash flow and supply chain planning. If you don’t have an accountant or bookkeeper, find one in the Xero advisor directory.

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