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In Southland you’ll find an innovative, creative and entrepreneurial spirit, with new businesses, ventures and possibilities being uncovered all the time and focused on making the most of the endless opportunities the region provides. 

To help you make the most of the opportunities we’re here to help give your business the best possible start.

Start-up consultations

Through our startup consultations, you'll have the opportunity to meet with one of our business advisors and receive confidential, free, one-on-one advice. 

This will help to identify what information, resources and funding options may be available for you, give you the opportunity to discuss all of your start-up questions and clarify thinking for your business objectives and plans.

If you are interested in making the most of the free service please contact one of our registered business advisors below

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 Planning Advice

We have a wide range of business plan templates that can help you to develop your own personalised business plan. A business plan can help focus your ideas, identify areas of potential growth, give you credibility with banks and lenders and establish a roadmap for achieving your business goals and vision.

Alongside offering business plan templates for you to use, we also offer a free, confidential business plan review service.

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

Start your business

We offer business start-ups support and help

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