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.

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Catch up with Xero Now

Xero Now Podcast

Hear from experts in the community in Xero’s new podcast: Xero Now. Each episode focuses on a business topic ranging from wellbeing, building positive work places, business continuity and much more. New episodes released fortnightly on a Friday. Listen here

 
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

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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.

Digital marketing for small business

This online course will help you grow your business with an online presence and learn the fundamentals of digital marketing. Learn how to extend your current reach and deliver an exceptional experience to your customers online.

Take your business online
Learn how to create an e-commerce version of your physical business. Focusing on building a profitable Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to start making money ASAP. 

Website best practices for your small business
Learn the key considerations when creating a profitable website and how to create great content that increases traffic and that your customers love.

How to market your small business online
Connect with your customers and make the most of your digital presence with these best practice tips for creating a successful digital marketing strategy.

Social media marketing for small business 
Learn the fundamentals of social media marketing to find your people and connect with your community. 

Move your business to the cloud

Marketing is an essential tool businesses use to find and keep customers. To grow and stand out from your competitors, you need a marketing strategy. We’ve put together an overview and resources to help get you started promoting your business online.

Learn more

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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Business continuity hub

  

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

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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.


Icehouse

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.


Manaaki

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


Delivereat

Support your locals. Delivereat is a delicious directory of 1,000+ independent businesses delivering to you, updated daily.


Business.govt.nz

Business.govt.nz is associated with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and focuses on supporting the Government’s Better for Business objectives. Access resources and advice from the government to save your business time and help make it a success.

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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