News on initiatives that affect your business


Hon Craig Foss
Minister for Small Business

Good morning

As Minister for Small Business, I am writing to business associations on initiatives that affect your members, New Zealand’s small and medium businesses. To assist me in the Small Business portfolio, I would appreciate you circulating this email amongst your members.

Tax Package for Small Businesses
This Government knows how important cashflow is for small businesses and that the tax system is a key issue — it’s consistently raised with me by business owners, local chambers and business associations up and down the country. The Government has recently announced an SME-friendly tax package that will reduce compliance costs and make tax simpler for small businesses. To find out more, and to provide comment on the proposals, click here.

Online tools for small businesses
The site provides a number of online tools and resources to help small businesses make more informed decisions. Small business owners are now able to quickly and easily create employment agreements online with the launch of a refreshed Employment Agreement Builder tool. Click here to access the tool.

Data for Business
Statistics NZ’s Data for Business website has been updated with a new section and three new data sources, providing even more information for small businesses. The new data covers retail trade, regional economies, and international trade with our top 50 partners. Click here to for more information.

I have enjoyed meeting up with business associations all over New Zealand. I would welcome the opportunity to meet with your association and listen to the issues important to your members. Feel free to contact me at to arrange this opportunity.

Yours sincerely,



Hon Craig Foss
Minister for Small Business

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