The Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce has announced an expansion of services through Regional Business Partner Network (RBP) four months after the government announced a $1.5 million boost to the Hawke’s Bay Recovery Programme to be delivered by the Chamber. The funding will enable services including well-being, financial planning, and resilience capability.

The Chamber advocated for an expansion of services available through RBP to offer businesses support to access valuable resources and expertise to navigate the path towards success, and expanding these services to include recovery was a vital step towards impacted businesses building back better.

Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce CEO Karla Lee said the region’s local business community had experienced “considerable difficulty” post-Cyclone.

“By extending our support through the RBP programme, we aim to provide a comprehensive and tailored approach to help businesses rebuild, adapt, and thrive.” 

Businesses participating in the programme may be eligible for funding to undergo training or coaching with service providers, offering an additional layer of support and expertise to further enhance their recovery journey.

Business owners can register on the RBP website and will be invited to schedule a free 30-to-60-minute discovery session with a dedicated Growth Advisor.

The programme will run from February 1, 2024, to June 30, 2025, or earlier if funds run out. 

The expansion of RBP services is exclusive to Hawke’s Bay and can only be utilised by businesses primarily based within the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council boundaries.

BayBuzz will be following this programme. Most HB businesses we hear from, if they are struggling, would prefer cash and staff, not coaching and advice.  

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