Connect and Collaborate

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Business Coalition Programme

While it’s natural to view other businesses in the same field as you as potential competitors, there can also be great advantages by using your similarities as leverage through alliances. The Business Coalition Programme has been developed to support industry groups interested in benefits that could be gained by a whole of sector approach.

What does this all mean? Northland has many small to medium businesses and we want to support those who would like to increase exposure nationally and globally by promoting their business as part of a wider industry group. A good example of this is the Northland Food & Wine sector, lots of small and medium producers coming together under one umbrella for regular campaigns and events to reduce marketing costs and make more impact to a larger audience.

We're currently working with Northland businesses in the following industry groups;

Got an Industry Alliance Idea?

We want to hear from you if you have a great idea or have already started formulating an alliance with others that fits the Business Coalition Programme ethos. Contact us here.

Networking and Events

The Events Training and Competitions page lists the business focused networking events, workshops and training opportunities happening around the region.

Have an event you'd like advertised?

Simply complete the online event registration form with all the details and we'll let you know when your event has been published.

Regional Research Office (RRO)

Connecting with the right advice for your research and development projects can be the difference between success and failure. The Regional Research Office has been developed as a direct channel to research facilities and expertise from around the world. Check out the Innovate section for more on the RRO.

The Orchard

Where ideas, creativity and businesses grow, The Orchard is a purpose built space offering a flexible, modern and serviced co-working space for entrepreneurs, freelancers and small businesses. The collaborative model will connect a network of spaces across Northland and gives its residents access to the huge range of tools, resources and advice to accelerate business growth.

With a flexible rate plan and no hidden costs (yes, this includes tea, coffee, WiFi and printing), you can choose to use The Orchard regularly as your base or casually, just as your business requires. Sounds like a bit of you? Check out all the details of this uniquely Northland initiative at