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Growing your business in a post-COVID environment
July 17, 2020

According to a recently released McKinsey report, From surviving to thriving: Reimagining the post-COVID-19 return, this is a time of opportunity.

Many business leaders are reflecting on how small and nimble teams, assembled in a hurry, made important decisions at pace to deal with the COVID-19 emergency - with some businesses actually working more effectively. Maintaining that sense of ‘possibility’ and agility will be an enduring source of competitive advantage for growing businesses.

The report suggests four strategic areas to focus on post-COVID: recovering revenue, rebuilding operations, rethinking the organisation, and accelerating the adoption of digital solutions. However, growing your business often needs an injection of capital – so how do you go about raising it?

For businesses with a strong foundation who are looking to capitalise on business opportunities, growth can be funded through debt or equity financing. Working out the best capital structure for your business can be a challenge, but Catalist may have just the solution for your business needs.

Benefits of Catalist for New Zealand businesses

Catalist will be a licensed and regulated stock exchange for small and medium-sized businesses, enabling public capital raising and trading of financial products, through simple online auctions.

The financial products you can list on Catalist’s markets include equity (such as shares in your business), debt (such as bonds or loans) and managed investment products (such as funds).

With the option to raise up to $20m per year on its public market without triggering a regulated offer, Catalist will provide a real alternative for businesses to access public investment, without complex listing and continual reporting requirements. Regular auctions, rather than continuous trading, reduce both the cost and regulatory burden for your business.

Keen to thrive? If you’re a business owner looking for opportunities in this post-COVID world, consider your growth options and get in touch for more information on how Catalist’s public or private markets could work for your business.

By Michelle Polglase