Business Services & Assistance
Whether you are contemplating starting up a business, are already in full operation or would like some staff training and mentor advice, support is readily available for whatever stage your business is.
Listed below are some regional agencies that are here to assist your business to grow and prosper.
Nelson Tasman Business Trust is a non-profit incorporated society offering free, confidential advice services to local businesses throughout the Nelson Tasman region – small to medium size, new and existing. The Trust also organises three monthly Network meetings for owners and start-ups to learn more about business and build their business networks.
Nelson Tasman Business Trust is an Agency for Business Mentors New Zealand with 112 volunteer mentors from throughout the region. Mentors have a variety of business skills and expertise from a wide variety of backgrounds, with an understanding of the challenges facing small businesses and a real commitment to giving something back to the business community. Approximately 150 local businesses benefit annually from mentoring. To be eligible a business should employ less than 25 staff and show evidence of trading.
Click here for more information on the Nelson Tasman Business Trust and its services.
Tel: 03 539 0824
Kiwi Innovation Network
The Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) is a consortium of universities and Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) in New Zealand working together in an unprecedented level of collaboration, knowledge and capability sharing. KiwiNet’s goal is to increase the scale and impact of commercialisation through greater collaboration across public research organisations and connections in the private sector.
With the KiwiNet members alone accounting for a combined annual research investment of greater than $500 million, KiwiNet will act as a hub for research commercialisation in New Zealand. KiwiNet aims to provide a focal point for collaboration across the national innovation system that includes research institutions, industry, investors, entrepreneurs, regional centres, international partners and many others.
New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE)
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is the Government’s national economic development agency. It works to stimulate economic growth by increasing the number and size of New Zealand businesses operating successfully – from starting out, to exporting and operating as international businesses, through training and market development assistance. NZTE services, which include programmes to build international contacts, improve performance and provide access to capital and investment, and are tailored to business needs. It is a global organisation and uses its overseas networks to provide the international connections businesses need to grow internationally and to attract investment into New Zealand.
Click here for more New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) information.
Tel: 03 546 7285
Free Phone: 0800 555 888
Email: Lynne Korcheski
Regional Business Partner Network
NZ Trade & Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation have appointed 14 Regional Business Partners to work with businesses around New Zealand. As one of these Regional Business Partners, the Nelson Regional Development Agency, in conjunction with Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce and the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, works to support business growth and innovation in the Top of the South (Te Tau Ihu) region.
The Regional Business Partners provide businesses with a range of advice and access to funding and support focused on assisting them to grow. Support is focused on helping develop management capability & skills, and on help for R&D.
Tel: 03 923 2053 (Mark DDI)
Nelson Tasman Tourism
Provides opportunities for tourism businesses to promote themselves to international and domestic audiences.
Tel: 03 546 6228
Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber supports local businesses to grow and is one of the leading business networking and advocacy organisations in the region with over 520 members. Membership is open to all businesses and gives exclusive access to monthly networking functions where over 100 business owners meet to promote their business, share ideas and provide support. Tap into the full calendar of events, training seminars, promotional benefits and discounts by joining at commerce.org.nz
Tel: 03 548 1363
Business Mentors New Zealand
One-to-one business mentoring for existing businesses to support business growth and to assist through difficult business phases.
Tel: 0800 103 400 or 0508 103 400
Nelson Enterprise Loan Trust
The Nelson Enterprise Loan Trust (NELT) is a not-for-profit Trust that’s all about recycling wealth within the local region.
It does this by making loans of up to $20,000 available to ethical businesses in the region covered by the Nelson City and Tasman District Councils.
Ethical businesses are those NELT’s Trust Board deems to be environmentally and socially responsible.
Established in 1997, NELT has loaned to 232 businesses, with a repayment rate of 98.3% of loans.
Loan applications can be made via our website www.nelt.org.nz and need to include a business plan and cash flow forecast and details of security available to cover the loan.
In addtion to making loans, NELT invites investments.
If you think we can help you either with a loan or as a place to invest funds, we’d be happy to hear from you.
Manager: Bruce Dyer
Tel: 03 548 7284