CEDA’s Business Development Team helps businesses in the Horizons region to enhance their capabilities through the Regional Business Partner Network, which is supported by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Callaghan Innovation and Business Mentors New Zealand.


If you are located within our area, we can support with:


If you’ve got a great idea and you’re not sure how to make it happen, our team can help you to get started. We can connect you with the right people for honest and positive advice and support to get things moving. Take a look at our Start-ups page for more information.

Growing your business

When your business is up and running successfully, it’s time to think about the next steps. We have a range of services that can help, including support for capability training, business mentoring and support for research and development.

Development and training

Personal development and training will equip you and your staff to run your business more effectively and efficiently. CEDA is the Regional Business Partner for the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Through the Regional Business Partners Network, we have funds to invest in building management capability for businesses in the region.

Investing in innovation and growth

Having sufficient financial resources to support your business can mean the difference between success and failure. This includes access to Government funding to help you innovate and develop your business. CEDA can make connections and introduce you to potential business investors.

Callaghan Innovation Research and Development Funding
Callaghan Innovation is focused on growing world-class New Zealand companies through innovative technology. CEDA is the Regional Business Partner in the Manawatu-Whanganui region for Callaghan Innovation’s business investment programme.

For more information visit Callaghan Innovation or get in touch with our team via the business enquiry form.


Exporting can help your business grow and prosper. Whatever your product or service, you need to understand the key issues of exporting, evaluate which countries will be the best to export to and know the client’s needs, rules and regulations, pricing, costs, service level expectations, competition and cultural factors.

Plan your path to growing your exports with the help of NZTE. NZTE’s purpose is to grow companies internationally – bigger, better, faster – for the benefit of New Zealand.

Visit NZTE’s website to find out more.

Testimonial for Business Growth Advisor, Stephen Feldon:

“It’s been great working with Stephen, he understands our business requirements and referred us to people, companies and organisations that could analyze our business practises, improve our strategic planning and our personal and company performance”

Kelly Binning-Rangi
Co-Owner, Concrete Pumping Equipment Ltd

Testimonial for Business Growth Advisor R & D, Peter Ellingham:

“Designing and bringing world leading ‘new stuff’ to market is hard, complex and costly to achieve. Working with Peter at CEDA has enabled us to efficiently plan projects and more easily gain important Callaghan funding that has enabled OBO to achieve more, faster”

Simon Barnett
CEO, OBO Hockey