Start your business

Do business in Southland

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

Business consultations

Through our business consultations, you have the opportunity to meet with one of our business advisors and receive confidential, free, one-on-one advice. This can help to identify what resources and funding options may be available for you and clarify thinking for your business objectives and plans.

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 are able to connect you with vouchers that can cover up to 50% of the cost of training offered by a registered training provider. 

Business planning tools

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. 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.

Business Mentor Programme

For more information on the support available, please contact one of our business growth advisors:

Adina McDowell
Adina McDowell
Business Growth Advisor
adina@greatsouth.nz
Kelly Watt
Kelly Watt
Business Growth Advisor
kelly@greatsouth.nz

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