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 CommerceMarlborough Chamber of CommerceNelson Tasman Business Trust and Business Trust Marlborough to create a network that provides information, advice, funding and connections to local businesses seeking support for 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 with the right mentors, 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

For more information on the services offered through the Regional Business Partner Network, you can download a summary, continue browsing the website or get in touch with Mark directly.

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Start

Start

Starting a new business is both an exciting and nerve-wracking experience, but Nelson Tasman is the right place to do it. Discover the services, support, financial assistance, and networks available to ensure that you have the best platform from which to begin your new business journey.

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Grow

Grow

With ease of access into international markets and a plethora of support to help you find additional investment and drive revenue, Nelson Tasman is ideally placed to help businesses scale up into globally successful brands. Here you’ll find a range of practical support and resources to assist businesses seeking sustainable growth, so that you can focus your efforts where they really matter.

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Innovate

Innovate

Businesses need to be agile and responsive, staying ahead of global trends and making clever decisions to support business growth. Building a sustainable business strong enough to weather global storms requires a robust culture of innovation. Here you'll find a range of support services, networks, and resources to turn your R&D dreams into reality.

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Incubators and Accelerators

Incubators and Accelerators

As Nelson Tasman’s economic development agency, we can help to identify the expertise you need, connect you with our national and international networks, and leverage the Callaghan partnerships to help you take your idea to commercial reality.

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Capability Voucher Funding

Capability Voucher Funding

The Capability Voucher Funding scheme helps subsidise training and coaching services so that business owners can access development opportunities across a wide range of areas, including but not limited to marketing, finance, exporting and sustainability.

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Research and Development Grants

Research and Development Grants

Callaghan Innovation offers a range of Research and Development Grants suitable for businesses at all stages of the company lifecycle, enabling you to add scale, depth and return to your R&D investments.

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Innovation Services

Innovation Services

Through the services of the Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network, the team at the Nelson Regional Development Agency can help connect you with the knowledge and skills you need to innovate and succeed with a range of programmes and workshops.

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Technical and Product Development

Technical and Product Development

The Callaghan Innovation Research and Technical Services Team comprises of 200 of New Zealand’s leading scientists and engineers who help businesses to solve tough technical problems by offering end-to-end support for technology and product development work.

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Success Stories

Success Stories

A variety of Nelson Tasman businesses have received our support to transform their products and services, break into new markets and export to the world. Learn more about some of these businesses and the assistance they have received through the Regional Business Partner Network.

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