CEDA has a team of Business Growth Advisors supporting businesses of all sizes and sectors across the Manawatū- Whanganui region.
Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network:
This is a central government initiative designed to support small and medium-sized businesses looking to grow and innovate. CEDA is the agency that supports the Manawatū-Whanganui regions businesses through RBP.
Is your business looking to grow?
You may register on the RBP Website if you meet the following criteria:
- Your business is at least two-years old, currently trading with 50 or less FTE employees
- You are in growth phase, therefore are looking to employ more staff / looking at new markets / moving to larger premises / developing a new product or service
- Privately owned or Māori trust or incorporation or similar organisation managing
- Māori assets under multiple ownership
- Willingness to actively engage with a Business Growth Advisor and RBP Service Provider
When you have registered with RBP, a CEDA Business Growth Advisor will meet you and have a confidential “Discovery Session”. This is a conversation about your business challenges, goals and commitment to working with CEDA and other service providers to support your business growth. Based on your discussions, the Business Growth Advisor will help develop an action plan for you, which may include RPB Management Capability Development co-funding options (up to 50% of the program costs with a RBP registered Service Provider), networking opportunities and connecting you with a Business Mentor.
Callaghan Innovation R&D Options:
If your business has a Research & Development initiative, CEDA has a dedicated Innovation Specialst who can guide you through the options available from Callaghan Innovation. There is a host of services available such as access to experts, innovation skills and R&D funding options to name a few.
If you are an exporter or a business looking to grow into exports, our Business Growth Advisors can connect you with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, the government agency charged with helping New Zealand businesses to grow internationally. With their extensive knowledge and global networks to help exporters of all sizes, they can help you to provide connections to right partners, or even investors.
Business Mentors New Zealand:
Business Mentors New Zealand connects business owners and entrepreneurs with those who can provide one-on-one advice to help them to start, grow or solve business challenges and share their experiences.
Get in touch with a Business Growth Advisor
As a first step, we’ll need you to register through the Regional Business Partner Network below, and then one of CEDA’s Business Growth advisors will be in touch.
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