COVID-19 Business Continuance Wellness & Recovery Programme – RBPN Funded

The Engine’s Advisory Team provides management capability coaching for businesses effected by COVID-19 in:


• Financial & Cashflow Management;
• Employment & HR;
• Health and Wellbeing;
• Business Continuity Planning.


The Regional Business Partners Programme fully fund up to $5000 of professional engagement (approximately 20 hours depending on the advice area) for businesses that meet a set of clear criteria and apply through the COVID-19 BUSINESS SUPPORT application process.

More about the NZTE COVID-19 Managment Capability Voucher Fund –

Regional Business Partner Network

About the NZTE Vouchers

Small businesses may qualify for vouchers to help pay for services such as training workshops, courses and coaching that build the management capabilities of their owners, operators and key managers.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise ‘Management Capability Development Vouchers’ are only available through the Regional Business Partner Network (RBP) Growth Advisors.

Vouchers may be provided to a business where the Growth Advisors have identified a need for management training as part of an action plan to support the business owner to grow and innovate their business.

For more information on the Management Capability Development Voucher Fund or to see what courses & coaching The Engine are approved for click HERE.

Vouchers may be allocated as part of the plan to help businesses pay for up to 50 % of the cost of services from registered providers that improve management capabilities in targeted areas.

How do I qualify for the Voucher?


To qualify for vouchers a business must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You are an employer;
  • Your business was generally sound prior to the COVID-19 challenge and with the right support should survive to provide jobs and income in the future;
  • You do need the financial support from RBPN for business coaching to recover;
  • The COVID-19 crisis is affecting their business.

To start the process click HERE. Tick the box to confirm this is COVID-19 related advice, answer key information about their business and accept the T&Cs. If you have already accessed funding previously then contact us at [email protected] with your business entity name, your name and your phone number and we will be in touch with an abridged form for completion.

An Advisor from the Regional Business Partner Network will make contact with you to discuss your business and your preferred service provider. This meeting is approx 30 minutes.

Next Steps – Businesses need to:

  • Make contact with us at [email protected] and advise your business entity, your name & your phone number and we will contact you.
  • Our Advisors will arrange a quick video or phone call with you to ask you some questions and assist you with the completion of the form.
  • Indicators of commitment include the fact you have sought advice, committed to the time and willing to apply the capabilities to your business; and
  • Have an identified gaps in your company’s capability that can be addressed through management capability building and training for The Engine’s COVID-19 Business Continuance, Wellness & Recovery Programme.
  • Once you have been through this process, you will be able to access more vouchers in the future, co-funded.

    What’s one thing people shy away from or avoid altogether – adversity:

    Successful business owners have all overcome adversity in some shape or form, and have used it to build the platform that skyrocketed their success. There is a real argument that what they’ve had to go through gave them personal growth, skills, and the mental strength they then took with them into their business.

    So, what benefits can we actually get from experiencing some kind of hardship?

    We understand you may struggle to move through COVID-19 without losing motivation. Your ability to let adversity happen is one of the keys to speeding up the process and getting to the other side so you can keep going. We will be with you every step of the way – because we know that you will come out better with us standing beside you and assisting you as your Advisory Board.

    The Engine COVID-19 Business Continuance, Wellness & Recovery Programme

    The Regional Business Partner Network may fully fund up to $5000 of professional engagement (approximately 20 hours depending on the advice area) for businesses that meet a set of clear criteria and apply through the COVID-19 BUSINESS SUPPORT application process. We can guide you through this process and assist with confirmation of eligibility for your company.

    (NB: Regional Business Partner Network may co-fund further engagement under this program. We can discuss this further once required. Co-funding is also open to businesses who do not meet the funding criteria but would like to benefit from business coaching.)

    As the world mobilises to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus, uncertainty abounds. One thing is clear, however, the COVID-19 outbreak underscores the need for business and society to be resilient and prepared with qualities that will be in demand long after public health has been restored. The Engine’s COVID-19 Business Continuance, Wellness & Recovery Programme works with you one to one for 3 hours weekly as well as be available outside this (email/phone/video) to create value by enhancing business-as-usual capability during shut-down, long-term financial performance and organisational wellness & resilience. Our objective is to return your business to normal service delivery as quickly as possible from the impact of COVID-19. This programme will enable you to gain the skills to identify mission-critical capability needs for business wellness and continuity.

    Overarching framework: The Engine’s approach to managing risks related to disruptive events consists of four phases: prevent, prepare, respond and recover. We know that with COVID-19 there has been little time to prevent or prepare but we will still operate these phases to future proof the move forward. This proactive and comprehensive approach is vital in preventing and managing disruptive events, as well as enhancing resilience by continuing to create opportunities to improve from adversity.

    Learning Outcomes:

    This programme will provide management capability in:

    • Financial & Cashflow Management;
    • Employment & HR;
    • Health and Wellbeing;
    • Business Continuity Planning.

    Brief Overview: 

    • Assess where your business is right now & impact. Understand what’s important in your business for the immediate present;
    • Change Management. Roadmap your business to operate in the ever-changing business environment;
    • Establish and agree on your direction. Identify opportunities for change and further hurdles;
    • Overcome Hurdles. Problem-solving with agility;
    • Stabilise & Provide confidence. Focus and action the right things at the right time for business continuity;
    • Communication. Provide regular communication to your workforce throughout the lockdown. Assessing their personal and professional wellbeing for those who are still working. Also, review any H & S requirements within their work/home environment;
    • Plan & future proof the future – executable business action plan with key tasks and deliverables.

    This programme is designed to be comprehensively tailored to the specific requirements of the business & the committed time and pace of the owner.
    Costs will vary depending on the size of the business & scope of coaching required but typically start from $250 per hour & we envisage 12-14 hours per month.


    Better management capability – the key driver to recover covid-19 stronger, realising organisation & financial health and wellness, optimal levels of innovation, productivity and advantage competitiveness.

    Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties and tough situations.  It is the ability to be flexible in behaviour whilst under stress. The stress may emanate from any number of sources, both personal and professional but is often the result of numerous demands on time, over time, with no end in sight. 

    “An inability to cope with this stress impacts on all areas of an individual’s life.  Stress can affect our eating and sleeping patterns and can cause a drop in work performance through illness, poor concentration, lack of mental focus etc. It doesn’t have to be like this.  The world may be getting busier and more overwhelming  but it is possible to survive and thrive in it.  Resilience seminars and/or coaching will give you the techniques you need to deal with stress and turn it to your advantage.  It’s not a magic pill and it does require your effort too, but it will give you the opportunity to lead a happier, healthier and more successful life.”

                                                       John Shackleton, Resilience Coach, Trainer & Speaker