Business Support

We work with Tairāwhiti businesses and industry to support an innovative, inclusive, and circular economy with opportunities for well-paid jobs.

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The Regional Business Partner Network (RBP) supports small-to-medium business owners with business recovery and growth.

The RBP is here for businesses facing challenges and who would like some help to work through them, as well as for those businesses that are tracking well, and keen to grow to the next level.

Based on the specific needs of a business, a Business Growth Advisor will work to connect businesses to the right resources, people, training, and funding to help move that business forward.

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Callaghan Innovation is New Zealand’s innovation agency that activates innovation and helps businesses grow faster.

They partner with ambitious businesses of all sizes, providing a range of innovation and research and development (R&D) services to suit each stage of growth.

The Callaghan Innovation team – including more than 200 of New Zealand’s leading scientists and engineers – empower innovators by connecting people, opportunities and networks, and providing tailored technical solutions, skills, and capability development programmes, and grants co-funding.

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Business Mentors New Zealand is the only independent national business mentoring service provider to the small business sector in New Zealand. The service matches experienced business people, the Mentors, with small business owners.

In its near three-decade-long delivery BMNZ has worked with over 70,000 individuals including startup entrepreneurs, existing business owners and not-for-profit executives. Every client of the service has a unique perspective; the challenge is to understand what can be done to provide the greatest assistance and what Business Mentor would best suit those needs.

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Our People

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Commercial enterprise, start-ups, networking and how to make the world’s best mojito

Wendy Gatley

Business Growth Advisor

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Ryan Christison

Business Growth Advisor

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Advice on growing your business, connecting you to the right people and the best places for a beer on the East Coast

Joe Williams

Business Growth Advisor