Regional Business Partner Network

The Regional Business Partner Network (RBPN) can help you if you’re serious about investing in business growth and development.

Through this initiative, we have distributed tens of thousands of dollars towards business training and more than $5million in technology and development funding to businesses throughout the region.

nz map northlandThe Business Innovation & Growth Team will work with companies, sole traders, Māori enterprise and others who are commercially trading across Tai Tokerau Northland.  Wherever you are in the region, we are happy to travel to you.

We offer a free business assessment service to determine the priority needs of each business, and then will help you plan how to develop and innovate to accelerate and sustain growth. We will signpost other providers that could help, and will determine a business’ eligibility for funding support from either the Capability Voucher programme or the R&D grants programme.   

We also partner with Business Mentors New Zealand so if you need a sounding board, guidance or support to grow then this might be a great connection we can help you with.


  • Funding and support - Training and Capability

    Most business owners and managers are experts in the day to day delivery of their core product or service.

    However when they experience rapid growth, scale up production and sales, venture into exporting, or simply take on their first employee things sometime get a little bit more tricky. Many owners, managers and team leaders require better skills and knowledge in some areas to enable them to be effective, responsive and confident to lead the business into the future.

    The Business Growth Programme can help you to identify and prioritise the skill gaps, and offer referrals to training or coaching programmes and providers to build that capability.

    Vouchers can cover up to half the cost of  training workshops, courses and coaching services (up to a maximum value of $5,000 a year excluding GST) to improve your management capabilities, such as:

    ● business planning ● marketing strategies ● finance
    ● business systems ● managing resources ● governance
    ● sustainability ● lean manufacturing/business operations ● exporting

    We have a Northland registered service provider pool of over 40 experts across these 9 core capability areas. However if a local match is not right for you and your business we can help you find an expert from further afield.

    Learn More  Register now  Become a service provider

  • Funding and support - Research and Development

    In a world of rapid technological advancement, product and process development, businesses and entrepreneurs are looking at ways that they can develop their own point of difference and gain market penetration. With a drive to deliver market solutions, work faster and more effectively, businesses must continually invest in new innovative ideas, backed by the right research and development, to gain that market edge.

    New Zealand's most successful companies will be those that continually innovate. Northland Inc delivers the Callaghan Innovation R&D funding and support programme, partnering and supporting Northland businesses in their innovation journey.

    Innovation support  Book an innovation Discovery session

  • Business Mentors New Zealand

    Getting one-on-one advice from someone who’s been through the same challenges as you can make all the difference.   

    Whether you are starting out, buying a business or have been in business for years, a mentor can help you. Mentors will help you get what you need to implement change and move your business forward. Use the "SCREAM" test to see if you want to get a mentor on board.

    A Mentor will help by:

    Sharing - knowledge, networks and expertise 
    Challenging - assumptions, thinking and the way you do things
    Refocusing - priorities, goals and direction 
    Exploring - opportunities, risks and strategies
    Accelerating - growth,  personal development and business performance
    Motivating - change, leadership and courage to take the next step

    If you feel like screaming or find your business stagnating or need a bit reassurance and guidance talk to us about getting a mentor on board - we have over 40 mentors working with businesses across Northland.

    6 month - Startup Mentor  12 month - Business Mentor  Become a Mentor


Meet our team

Our Business Advisors are here to support you.

→ We work with startups through to high-growth firms.
→ We have in-house innovation specialists.
→ We work with all sectors including retail, arts and rural.
→ We are a free service helping Northland businesses grow.

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