More money given to boost Christchurch businesses

12:27 pm on 29 November 2010

The Government has committed another $600,000 to helping earthquake-stricken Canterbury businesses get back on their feet.

Many businesses have left damaged premises for new bases, or been forced to close since the 7.1 magnitude quake on 4 September.

The money will be used to fund two fulltime business recovery co-ordinators in Christchurch and a part-time co-ordinator in Kaiapoi, as well as marketing and promotions to attract shoppers back.

The business mentors already funded by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise will also be supported by another part-time administrator.

Meanwhile, a Christchurch retailer has organised a meeting for Monday evening to discuss what he calls immediate, meaningful financial support for small to medium enterprises.

The gathering clashes with another meeting organised by the Christchurch City Council about recovery in the Manchester Street area of the city centre.