NZ Chambers of Commerce Northland and Northland Inc. make up Northlands Regional Business Partner. Each partner works with local businesses in their region to give advice, support and is the central access point for all funding and support by central and local government to help them grow their businesses.

Upcoming events

C-Prize 2019

C-Prize is a competition run by Callaghan Innovation that seeks to push the boundaries of what’s possible through technology. New Zealand already has its share of environmental innovation exemplars – think LanzaTech, Avertana, Mint Innovation, FoodCap or relative newcomer Future Post – but we need more!
C-Prize 2019 key dates and more info click here 


What is the Regional Business Partner Network?

The Regional Business Partners (RBP) programme was established in 2010. It is a network of 14 regionally based entities – delivery agents or regional partners – that offer support to firms to undertake management capability improvement and research and development (R&D). The programme supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Capability Development

The Capability Voucher Funding helps business owners to access business training and coaching services, by providing them with up to a 50% subsidy towards the registered service cost.

You must first meet with one of our RBP Growth Advisors to discuss your business. The Growth Advisor will seek to understand opportunities for growth and help identify any barriers to this. The Growth Advisor will then work with you to put together an action plan.

Where there is a management capability need identified that could be addressed by undertaking training, the Growth Advisor may issue a Capability Voucher to the business.

To register your interest click here

NZTE Capability Development Vouchers

Callaghan Innovation activates innovation and helps businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand.

We partner with ambitious businesses of all sizes, providing a range of innovation and research and development (R&D) services to suit each stage of growth.

Our people – including more than 200 of New Zealand’s leading scientists and engineers – empower innovators by connecting people, opportunities and networks, and providing tailored technical solutions, skills and capability development programmes, and grants co-funding.

We also enhance the operation of New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem, working closely with government partners, Crown Research Institutes, and other organisations that help increase business investment in R&D and innovation.

We operate across New Zealand from five urban offices and a regional partner network in a further 12 locations.  For more info

Business Mentoring New Zealand

Business Mentoring Programme

Our Business Mentoring Programme is for owners of SME businesses that are currently trading. Mentors share their knowledge and experience, offer guidance, bring fresh perspectives and act as a sounding board for their clients.

Our Business Mentoring Programme is for business owners who want help to market or grow their business, implement a change in their business, or need a dose of inspiration to help deal with a particular challenge.

Start-up Mentoring Programme

The Start-up mentoring programme is a six month accelerated programme, for people who have a new business idea or are looking for help in starting a new business.

Mentors with experience in business start-ups offer guidance, act as a sounding board to test the thinking of their Start-up client, and give the critical support you need in the development of a robust business plan.


To access any of the above services and to register your interest click here