About the Regional Business Partner Programme.

The Government agencies, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation, run the programme in conjunction with 14 Regional Partners around New Zealand. In Otago the regional partner is a partnership between The Otago Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Dunedin – Dunedin City Council and The Otago Southland Employers Association.

The Regional Business Partnership is a Government programme that supports New Zealand businesses which are looking at significant growth and development, especially where the business positively impacts the growth of the regional and/or national economy.

This support is done by engaging with business owners and encouraging them to identify what the business is doing well and where there are business capability gaps that require attention to ensure the growth of the business.

For identified capability gaps there may be a number of options available for support, these may include access to NZTE Capability Development Vouchers for approved coaching or training services; and/or referral to other agencies such as Business Mentors New Zealand, Callaghan Innovation, or resources for business support and development.

For assessed and eligible businesses, funding for capability development of up to a maximum of $5,000 per business per year may be available*. This represents up to a maximum of 50% of the cost of approved programmes as listed on the Regional Business Partnership marketplace.

You can register your business for the Regional Business Partnership on the following link https://app.regionalbusinesspartners.co.nz/Business/SelfRegister
Or contact Paul Allen at the Otago Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Paul Allen
Business Assessor - Regional Business Partner Programme
Otago Chamber of Commerce
T 03 479 0181
E biz@otagochamber.co.nz

*Eligibility criteria and limits apply
To be eligible for a New Zealand Trade and Enterprise capability development voucher a business must be:
Operating with 50 or less FTEs
Be GST registered in New Zealand
Operating in a commercial environment – i.e. is currently trading
Be privately owned or a Maori Trust or Incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Maori assets under multiple ownership
Have undergone assessment by a Regional Business Partner

Business should also demonstrate:
The potential of the business for growth and innovation
Commitment of the business to improving management capability, have worked through the assessment process and a willing to co-fund capability building activities and make the required time commitment
There is an identified gap in the business's capability that can be addressed through management capability building and training

For assessed and eligible businesses, funding for capability development of up to a maximum of $5,000 per business per year may be available. This represents up to a maximum of 50% of the cost of approved programmes as listed on the Regional Business Partnership marketplace. Funding cannot be approved, or applied, retrospectively.