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New grant for small Canterbury businesses

New grant for small Canterbury businesses
Christchurch may not be able to catch a break of late, but there's a new, if small, Red Cross grant to help earthquake-affected businesses get back on their feet.

Christchurch may not be able to catch a break of late, but there's a new, if small, Red Cross grant to help earthquake-affected businesses get back on their feet.

The $750 Independent Advice for Small Business grant will enable small and family-run businesses to access professional legal and accounting advice in relation to the effect of earthquakes on their company.

The Red Cross and Recover Canterbury collaborated to develop the grant, which came from the $73 million plus donated to the Red Cross. It has been signed off by the Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Commission.

Local businesses are facing everything from staffing issues to rising operating costs, leases, insurance woes and raising capital.

“These are complex issues and in order to tackle these issues it is vital businesses get the right advice. But for many businesses cash flow is tight and accessing that advice can be a challenge in itself," said Recover Canterbury communications manager, Pip Tschudin.

In order to receive the $750 grant a business must have less than 10 employees and be in genuine need.

Applications are available through Recover Canterbury.