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Unbiased business advice to help you grow

Running a business is a journey of constant improvement. There's always something new to learn, a new challenge to overcome, or a fresh opportunity to find.

And along that journey, it helps to have like-minded people on your side. People that are willing to share ideas, talk through the challenges, and help you plan for the future.

That's exactly what the Regional Business Partner Network is all about. Whether you're just starting out in business, or you're ready to grow to the next level, we'll help connect you with the right people and resources to help your business thrive.

Register your business to get started(external link)

Find your Local Regional Business Partner

By the numbers

34% of businesses introduced new products or services

Source: Neilsen RBPN Customer research, 2019/20 annual report

51% of businesses found people that could fill knowledge gaps

Source: Neilsen RBPN Customer research, 2019/20 annual report

53% of businesses identified opportunities to increase capability

Source: Neilsen RBPN Customer research, 2019/20 annual report

76% of businesses found their action plans extremely useful

Source: Neilsen RBPN Customer research, 2019/20 annual report

  • Your journey with us

    Once you've registered with us, one of our growth advisors will be in touch to set up a discovery session. The purpose of this is to get to know you and your business – to both identify your needs and uncover new opportunities.

    From there, your growth advisor will come back with an action plan. This can include any mix of things – and will depend on what's most relevant to you. It can range from simple things, such as introducing you to a useful new contact, through to helping you into some key management training, or even facilitating your new R&D project.

    Your growth advisor will be your main contact person, and your new business champion! They will check in regularly to see how you're going. And they're always just a phone call away if you need them.

  • What kind of help will I get?

    Firstly, we'll help you identify the needs and opportunities within your business. From there, we'll provide you with targeted advice, information, referrals and connections. For instance, we could connect you with a business mentor, help you boost your management skills, or access R&D funding or expertise through Callaghan Innovation.(external link)

    You may also be eligible for funding to access training and advice from a training specialist.

    The Management Capability Fund subsidises up to 50% of the cost of management training, capped at up to $5,000.

  • Who will I be working with?

    Your growth advisor will be your main point of contact. From there, they'll help you access support from a range of different people and organisations.

    Many of these organisations provide help and resources free of charge. Your business could also be eligible for funding (see above) that you can invest in training and upskilling. For this, you'll be working with business advisory companies with expertise in specific areas.

    The great thing about working with a growth advisor is they can show you all the options, help you decide what's right for you, and then make the introductions.

    Find your local Regional Business Partner

  • About our growth advisors

    We have more than 60 growth advisors located around the country. They come from a range of different professional backgrounds, but they've got one thing in common – they love working with New Zealand business owners and seeing them succeed.

    And because they're local, like you, they're also passionate about growing the prosperity of your region.

    Find you local growth advisor

  • How to register

    Any New Zealand business is welcome to join the network. The only criteria is that you will need a Zealand Business Number (NZBN). Any business can get a NZBN, including sole traders, and it's free. You can get yours here(external link).

    You'll also need someone in your business who'll be the main point of contact in your dealings with the network. You can choose who this will be – it might be your business owner, a manager, or office administrator. This same person should complete the registration.

    Register your business with RBP(external link)

Ready to register?

It's a simple online sign-up process that takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Once you've registered, a growth advisor from your local region will be in touch within 48 hours.

We look forward to welcoming you into the RBP Network.

  1. Choose a person in your business to be the main contact
  2. Have your details handy including your NZBN and GST number 
  3. You're ready to complete the online registration

Useful resources

Find your local Regional Business Partner

The aim of the RBP Network is to connect business owners with a local team of people who are resourced and ready to help.

Management Capability Fund information for businesses

The Management Capability Fund has been provided by the Government to enable business owners to access business training services.

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Got any questions? We'll be happy to help

To learn more about how the RBP Network can help you, contact us or get in touch with your local organisation.