Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


500 businesses enrolled for Enterprise Training

Media Release 23 July 2004

500 Coast businesses now enrolled for Enterprise Training

In September 2003 The West Coast Development Trust took over delivery of the Enterprise Training Programme on the West Coast. Since then, an additional 193 local business clients have enrolled in the programme, achieving a total of 500 local businesses now registered for training. By mid next year, The Development Trust expects to have over 700 local businesses actively participating in the programme.

The Enterprise Training Programme is one of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s key initiatives, designed to improve the management capability of small to medium enterprises - those that are personally owned, have less than 20 employees and are not part of a larger business organisation - to help them grow their businesses. Participation in the programme is free. All small businesses on the Coast are invited to register with The Development Trust, including those planning to start a new business.

The training programme identifies and registers eligible business owners/operators and delivers a series of 3 hour workshops on business planning, sales & marketing, accounting & finance, e-commerce and other subjects. Follow-up coaching sessions are conducted with clients to apply the skills learned in the workshops. The Development Trust also provides confidential individual business mentoring and referral to other training and business assistance programmes where necessary.

Training Workshops doubled
In 2001, 25 training workshops were held on the Coast - in Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika. In 2002, 28 workshops were held, with Reefton being included for the first time. In the nine months to 30 June 2004 The Development Trust delivered 52 workshops, extending locations to Franz Josef and Haast. Plans are in hand to extend coverage to Karamea and Fox Glacier in the coming year.

Most businesses that register for training are small, with less than 5 staff. They range from sole traders working from home to produce handmade products, to holiday park owners catering for up to 150 guests per night in the tourist season. A large percentage of enrolled businesses are directly or indirectly related to the rapidly developing tourism industry on the Coast, reflecting the high growth of this activity in the region.

All new clients are met by a Trust representative and interviewed to discuss their training needs; previously registered clients are also progressively being followed up. Many clients attend a series of training workshops, well above the national average of three workshops per client reported by NZTE; dozens have already received confidential individual business mentoring and others have recently started the application process to The Development Trust for development funding. The Development Trust hope’s that more clients will follow this pathway as small to medium enterprises will form the basis of much of the Coast’s future economic growth.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election