More than 100 years ago, a local orchardist began keeping bees as a side business to his fruit. Three generations later, family-owned Nelson Honey has grown from selling plain honey into a pioneering nutrition, health, and skincare business.

It’s now one of New Zealand’s largest Chinese exports with innovative, high-profile products used by the likes of the British Royal Family. Transforming a small family business into a successful leader on the world stage took courage, tenacity, and smart business support. 

Our entrepreneurs know that in order to grow, you must go beyond what you’ve already mastered. But growing your business can seem daunting, so it helps to know from the beginning how to access the training, resources and support you need to get the results you want.

Luckily, with ease of access into international markets and a plethora of support to help you find additional investment and drive revenue, Nelson Tasman is ideally placed to help businesses scale up into globally successful brands.

On this page, you’ll find a range of practical support and resources to assist businesses seeking sustainable growth, so that you can focus your efforts where they really matter.

Regional Business Partner Network Assistance

Regional Business Partner Network Assistance

The Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network is designed to make it easier for New Zealand businesses to access early-stage support to innovate and grow. This national network is made up of 14 'Regional Business Partners’ and is supported by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and Callaghan Innovation - the government’s business innovation agency.

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Business Advice and Mentoring

Business Advice and Mentoring

Whether you want help to market or grow your business, to implement change, or are simply just looking for advice to deal with a particular growth challenge, the 12 month mentorship programme will match you up with a successful business person with the right skills, knowledge and understanding to take your business to the next level.

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Capability Voucher Funding

Capability Voucher Funding

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 cost of training/coaching. Such training and coaching services can help you to develop new skills and expertise in-house, and span the areas of business planning, marketing, finance, business systems, staff management, governance, sustainability, lean business, business operations and export development.

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Research and Development Funding

Research and Development Funding

The Nelson Regional Development Agency can help you to access a range of R&D grants to add scale, depth and return to your investment. The R&D grants offered by Callaghan Innovation are structured to meet your business needs, whether you're a young start-up, an established R&D performer, or want to bring students on board to assist in your R&D activities.

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China Business

China Business

China is a large and growing economy with unmatched GDP growth, offering unprecedented opportunities to expand your business internationally and lay the foundation for success in new markets. But getting your foot in the door is not as simple as one may think, and the Chinese market is not an easy market for businesses to navigate alone. That is where relationships are important, and where Findlater Consulting Ltd can help.

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