Grow your business

Do business in Southland

Whether you’re looking to increase your business knowledge, improve business processes, or create a new product or service, receiving support and advice from our enthusiastic team of business project coordinators will help you to make the most of the opportunities available to you to grow your business,

We’ve got access to a range of resources, tools and networks to support you with your next business step. We’re looking forward to helping make big things happen for your business!

Training Vouchers

Your quest to solve your business challenge, or develop a new product or service could benefit from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s training voucher scheme. 

Being part of the Regional Business Partner Network, we’re able to connect you with vouchers that can cover up to 50% of the cost of training offered by a registered training provider. 

With the opportunity to participate in training or workshops that build management capabilities and drive success in business planning, sustainability, exporting, finance, governance and much more, it’s definitely worth getting in touch with the team as you carry out your innovation journey

Business Mentoring Programme

A business mentor can be invaluable support for business owners at any stage of their business journey, so whether you are working through a particular challenge or looking to take your business to the next level it's worth considering a mentor.

Mentors involved in the Southland programme all have significant business experience and voluntarily support you with your business goals by offering guidance, acting as a sounding board, testing your thinking and helping you to validate your idea over a 12 month period.

You can learn more about the Business Mentor Programme here


Research and Development 

If you have a business idea for a research and development project, we can support you in accessing funding to help make it happen.

Funding is available from Callaghan Innovation to cover up to 30%-50% of the costs for projects that have technical stretch, return on investment, the capacity to deliver and a clear pathway to market.

It’s important to note that R&D funding is not available retrospectively so if you have an idea to grow your business then make sure you get in touch with one of our business coordinators early on so they can ensure you have access to all the information you need to make the most of this opportunity.

Start your business

We offer business start-ups support and help

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Grow your business

We support businesses as they grow

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We can connect you with the resources, training and advice

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