Helping your business grow

We can help your business grow and innovate through access to information, funding and connections.

By chatting with our Growth Advisor you can find out what support is available to grow your business. Our Growth advisor will talk about your business goals and needs, and help you find the right support and plan your next steps.

The service is free of charge as part of the Regional Business Partner Network and you don’t need to be a Chamber member to benefit.

As part of this process we will also let you know whether your business is eligible for co-funding to help you access business training and coaching. This funding can help businesses who are looking to develop their business management skills, and covers areas like business planning, finance, marketing, raising capital, operations and governance. If your business is an R&D-focused businesses, we can help you access grants, innovation skills-building programmes and research and technical services.

To find out more, contact our Marlborough based Growth Advisor, Kathryn Stewart: / 03 577 9575.

About the Regional Business Partner programme

The Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network makes it easier for businesses to access business support that will help them innovate and grow. This national network is made up of 14 Regional Business Partners and is supported by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise – the Government’s international business development agency - and Callaghan Innovation – the Government’s innovation support agency. The RBP also partners with Business Mentors New Zealand to deliver mentoring to local businesses.

The Marlborough Chamber of Commerce partners with the Nelson Regional Development Agency to deliver the RBP programme in Marlborough.

Regional Business Partner COVID-19 Workshop Series

The Nelson Regional Development Agency is the Regional Business Partner for the top of the south and these workshops were fully funded as part of the COVID-19 support package.  Brought to you in partnership with the Nelson Chamber of Commerce, Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, Nelson Tasman Business Trust and Business Trust Marlborough who together form the Regional Business Partner Network. Click on the below links to watch the recorded workshops. 

WORKSHOP #1 - Preventing Cyber risk in a home office environment hosted Blueberry IT

Are you and your employees doing everything they can to mitigate cyber risk while working from work?

Richard Butler from BlueberryIT will shared a few key tips you can do to make sure virtual trouble makers have got nothing to see here.


WORKSHOP #2 - Business Continuity & Cashflow Management hosted by Malloch McClean Chartered Accountants 

These are unprecedented times for businesses and their people.

This webinar can provide you with logical advice to help you minimise the impact of the global pandemic on your business:

  • Help you build resilience in your team and family at this time
  • Outline the things you should consider now to minimise the impact on your business
  • Share a process, a guide and a template for creating your Business Continuity Plan
  • Give supporting information to help you engage your suppliers, employees, bank and advisors to drive empathetic and effective conversations
  • Outline some ways we can help you fast track the development of your plan


Workshop #3 - Looking after your Health and Wellbeing in Challenging Times hosted by Hemisphere Health 

Hemisphere Health’s webinar is facilitated by our Expert Occupational Doctors to help you understand the impact of our current situation on our nervous systems (including stress).

We will share a few tips about how to understand and manage anxiety, fear and worry during this unprecedented social isolation that most people have not experienced in their lives.

Finding activities to maintain and grow your physical and mental, social and spiritual wellbeing in new and creative ways is necessary in the next 4 weeks. Join us to learn more about yourself, share ideas and support each other.


WORKSHOP #4 - Employment Issues, restructuring, downsizing, managing redundancy hosted Intepeople & Pitt & Moore

Speakers:  Nick Mason, Pitt & Moore and Marianne Wilkinson, Intepeople

This webinar will cover many of the most frequently asked questions from employers relating to employment issues caused by Covid-19, including restructuring/redundancy, the government’s wage subsidy, guaranteed hours of work, and leave.