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We want the Business.govt.nz website to work as hard as possible to help small business owners, operators and advisors.

Have your say on which tools and content we add next — vote for the options set out here, and send us your suggestions.

Number of votes

23

Status

An idea

We are thinking about developing several courses to help you build your knowledge and skills in different areas of business, eg health and safety. A course may be made up of reading material, videos, learning exercises and links to useful sites. Using the form on this page, send us your ideas on what topics and types of learning material would be most valuable to your business, and how you would like them delivered to you, eg weekly emails or an online portal.

Would you like to see this on the site?

Business advisors page

Number of votes

15

Status

An idea

Do you provide professional advice and services to small businesses, eg an accountant or HR advisor? We are thinking about creating a section on our site just for you. This might include packaging up a selection of existing information and tools to use when you work with business owners and operators. It may also include current insights, research and trends on the small business community. Let us know what kinds of information would help you, using the form on this page.

Would you like to see this on the site?

Policy Builder tool

Number of votes

7

Status

In development

We’re developing a new tool to help you create policies for your workplace. This easy-to-use tool will guide you through a range of policies, including flexible working arrangements, digital security, and other matters important to small businesses. It will cover which policies you must have by law, and provide advice on others you should (and shouldn’t) consider for your specific business.

Would you like to see this on the site?

Tips and advice for sole traders and contractors

Number of votes

13

Status

An idea

Are you a contractor or considering contracting? We are thinking about providing more information tailored for you. Using the form on this page, let us know what would be valuable to you — and what things you're struggling with.

Would you like to see this on the site?

Tell us about your idea for content

Step-by-step guide to growth

Number of votes

2

Status

An idea

We’re thinking about creating a growth planning template. It will include helpful tips and walk you through key decisions involved in expanding your business into new regions or markets, or diversifying with new products and services. Using the form on this page, tell us what information would be valuable to you and what things you’re struggling with as your business grows.

Would you like to see this on the site?

Boost your business resilience

Number of votes

1

Status

An idea

We are thinking about creating a new template to help small businesses plan for natural disasters and other unexpected events. The aim is to provide more tips and guidance on business continuity planning. This template might help you plan for a disaster and put steps in place to help you survive the unexpected. What sort of information would be useful for your in a business resilience template? Send us your ideas, using the form on this page.

Number of votes

3

Status

An idea

ONECheck (external link) is a popular Business.govt.nz tool for finding out in one search if your new business name, domain name and/or trade mark are already in use. Should this tool be expanded to check other registers and sites, eg social media platforms and Australian registers?

Should ONECheck be expanded?

Employment Agreement Builder

Number of votes

2

Status

Now live

You asked us for an easy way to build your own tailored employment agreements. So in April, we launched the Employment Agreement Builder (EAB). The tool guides you through the steps to build your own agreements, while providing helpful tips and links along the way. Once you’re done, EAB also provides you with sample letter of offer. Try it out (external link) .

More advice on growth

Number of votes

3

Status

An idea

We know business growth is an important area for many small businesses. We would like provide more free resources, tips and advice to help you identify opportunities and prepare for professional advice. What sort of information on growth and innovation would be most useful to you? Send us your ideas using the form on this page.

Would you like to see this on the site?