Business Support

Here in Nelson Tasman, pure grit and clever thinking have fashioned an extraordinary business story. Once an isolated region with land that was neither fertile nor flat, our entrepreneurs relied on their wits and grit to survive.

The outcome today is a clever economy, built on research, science and technology that creates added-value enterprise, and a place where offshore business is done with ease. A place where it’s easy to connect, where connection breeds creativity and innovation, and where small businesses with commercial smarts thrive and find their place on the world stage. 

Whether you’re wanting to start, grow or innovate your business, the Nelson Regional Development Agency should be your natural first port of call.

We’re highly connected within the regional and national business community across a wide range of sectors and can provide you with the tools, resources, solutions and expert advice you need to take your business to where you need it to be.

The Nelson Regional Development Agency is at the heart of the region’s business infrastructure and is the Regional Business Partner for the Top of the South. The Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network is designed to make it easier for New Zealand businesses to access early-stage support to innovate and grow, and is made up of 14 Regional Business Partners around the country.

Supported by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation, we also partner with the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce, Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, Nelson Tasman Business Trust and Business Trust Marlborough to create a network that provides information, advice, funding and connections to local businesses seeking support in their start-up, growth and innovation journey.

Mark Maguire, our Regional Business Partner – Research & Development can:

  • Assess your business needs and help you plan your next steps
  • Connect you to the right networks and contacts
  • Find events, programmes and other opportunities suited to you and your product or service
  • Facilitate government funding and services on behalf of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation

Contact Mark today on mark.maguire@nelsontasman.nz.

Start

Start

Starting a new business is exciting and nerve wracking and it’s so important to make sure that your approach to business is clever right from the start. Talk to us before you start your business about the resources that are available so that we can help connect you with key services, support and networks so you have the best beginning possible for your new business’ journey.

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Grow

Grow

When it’s time to grow your business it helps to know how to access the training, resources and support you need to get the results you’re looking for. We’re highly connected to local initiatives and organisations that provide practical, effective support for growing businesses and we can help you to access what you need to realise your growth objectives. Talk to us first so we can help save you time and money.

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Innovate

Innovate

Success in today’s business world is about staying nimble and responsive, being aware of and ahead of trends and making clever decisions to support growth. Our highly connected team can help you to access the best research and development tools and assist you in allocating your resources in the best way possible to help you grow intentionally and purposefully. 

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Workshops, Seminars & Events

Workshops, Seminars & Events

We are highly connected to local and national initiatives and organisations, and are able to link you with a range of workshops, seminars and events to help you to achieve your business objectives. Check in to this page regularly to find a list of upcoming events, whether you're looking to start, grow or innovate your business.

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Nelson Marlborough Lean Cluster

Nelson Marlborough Lean Cluster

The Nelson Marlborough Lean Cluster network group are a wonderful mix of people and businesses who are focusing on delivering business value through Lean initiatives. The network is designed to bring Lean practitioners together to facilitate the sharing of Lean experiences and learning, and to enhance clever thinking within our business community.

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