Activate Tāmaki Makaurau – Business Advice and Implementation Grants

For many businesses in Auckland, it’s been a tough year. Navigating Level 4, Level 3, Level 3.1, Level 3.2, and Red have all had their own challenges and a move to Orange will have both rewards and challenges for businesses that have made it to this point.

The $60 million Government support package for Auckland businesses that was announced on 22 October 2021 is now open. There is $50 million available to fund advice and planning support for businesses and the implementation of that advice. A further $10 million is available for mental health and wellbeing support. In order to access this support, you will need to be registered with Activate Tāmaki Makaurau. This link will take you to the registration form:

McDonald Vague is a registered service provider for Activate Tāmaki Makaurau in the following areas:

• Business Planning, Strategy and Continuity
• Financial Planning and Cashflow Management
• Business Hibernation or Exit

If you or your client think you would benefit from obtaining business advice from McDonald Vague in one or more of these areas, we are happy to work with you and/or your client to put together a bespoke business advice proposal that meets your client’s needs.

We have also developed two service offering under the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau business advice grant ($3,000 plus GST), which will be tailored to your client’s needs:

1. Crossroads
Undertaking a review of the business with the company’s owners, including reviewing the company’s cashflow and financial management, and undertaking a restructuring/turnaround assessment to determine whether the business should:
o Continue to trade – implement financial and cashflow management, business continuity planning, consider new opportunities and customer identification, operational improvements, and business coaching
o Restructure the business – implement financial and cashflow management, scale down/streamline operations, customer identification, and debt restructuring
o Wind down and close the business – implement liquidation planning and support

2. Road to Recovery
Undertaking a review of the business with the company’s owners, including a review of the company’s cashflow and financial management, and a restructuring assessment to determine what steps should be taken to:
o Reduce compliance costs
o Make operational improvements
o Improve financial and cashflow management
o Streamline operations

Once the business advice has been given and a plan for moving forward has been developed, the business can apply for an implementation grant ($4,000 plus GST), with which to fund the implementation of the business advice.

McDonald Vague has five licensed insolvency practitioners and we are able to provide liquidation services to businesses requiring these exit services as part of implementing their business plan and/or business advice.

If you want to know more, please email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Marisa on 021 2424497.

More information on Activate Tāmaki Makaurau’s offerings can be found on its website:

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