Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Successful Programme is Brilliant for Business


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA RELEASE

25 February 2013

Successful Programme is Brilliant for Business

The Smart Business Acceleration Programme, a 12 week course offered to local businesses by Vision Manawatu, recently received outstanding praise in a review to determine its success with recent participants.

Vision Manawatu has been offering the Smart Business Acceleration Programme to business owners in the region for almost a decade. The intensive 12-week course is designed for small-to-medium businesses that are looking to grow their operations. It offers concentrated learning opportunities for business owners and key staff, in addition to ten hours of one-on-one business coaching by a personal mentor.

The programme aims to get local businesses ready for growth by developing their management skills, creating an investment-ready organisation structure, and providing access to an extensive business network.

A recent review of the Smart Business Acceleration Programme was conducted reviewing all participant companies from the 2011 and 2012 programmes. The review, conducted by business advisor Mark Hargreaves, found that past participants had greater confidence levels in managing their business since completing the programme. The review also highlighted that business owners had stronger staff engagement and communication, greater confidence to challenge suppliers for better terms, and increased overall performance in their businesses.

In the review, participants described the course as “far exceeding expectations” and one business owner stated that he wished he had done the course six years ago when he first began his business.

“I would recommend all business owners to do this course within the first six months of beginning their business”.

The review also showed that business owners who completed the course gained an increased awareness of some of the risks they faced as a small business and the need to develop mitigation plans. Many of the participants reported that they now recognise that they must have a strategy for growth in their businesses, rather than leaving it to chance.

Comments by participants in regards to how the course has benefited their business include:

“The course triggered a lot of inspiration”

“My confidence as a business owner has significantly increased as there were previously so many unknowns”

“I have learned how to successfully engage and empower staff”
Elaine Reilly, CEO of Vision Manawatu, says, “Vision Manawatu identified that better management skills and access to investment capital are key barriers to small business growth. That is why this programme is so important to our small-to-medium business sector because it supports our region’s entrepreneurs, prepares small businesses for growth, and improves our business productivity in the region.”

“We are proud to offer the Smart Business Acceleration Programme to businesses in the region because we are committed to achieving the Regional Development Strategy goal of ensuring our region is brilliant for business.”

Elaine Reilly is impressed with the high number of small-to-medium business owners in the region that want to take up these opportunities to grow and develop their businesses. She encourages all small-to-medium businesses in the region that are capable of, and have the desire for, accelerated growth to register for the 2013 intake.

The Smart Business Acceleration Programme is run by Vision Manawatu. Participants may be eligible to receive a 50% subsidy through the NZTE capability development scheme. The programme is designed to be accessible to business owners and is offered on Thursday nights 4:30 – 8:00. Participating businesses may involve up to three staff members to take part in the programme.

Applications are now open for the 2013 Smart Business Acceleration Programme and close on March 6th.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: RBNZ Keeps OCR At 3.5%, Signals Slower Pace Of Future Hikes

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 3.5 percent and signalled he won’t be as aggressive with future rate hikes as previously thought as inflation remains tamer than expected. The kiwi dollar fell to a seven-month low. More>>

ALSO:

Weather: Dry Spells Take Hold In South Island

Many areas in the South Island are tracking towards record dry spells as relatively warm, dry weather that began in mid-August continues... for some South Island places, the current period of fine weather is quite rare. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Productivity Commission To Look At Housing Land Supply

The Productivity Commission is to expand on its housing affordability report with an investigation into improving land supply and development capacity, particularly in areas with strong population growth. More>>

ALSO:

Forestry: Man Charged After 2013 Death

Levin Police have arrested and charged a man with manslaughter in relation to the death of Lincoln Kidd who was killed during a tree felling operation on 19 December 2013. More>>

ALSO:

Smells Like Justice: Dairy Company Fined Over Odour

Dairy company fined over odour Dairy supply company Open Country Dairy Limited has been convicted and fined more than $35,000 for discharging objectionable odour from its Waharoa factory at the time of last year’s ”spring flush” when milk supply was high. More>>

Scoop Business: Dairy Product Prices Decline To Lowest Since July 2012

Dairy product prices dropped to the lowest level since July 2012 in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, led by a slump in rennet casein and butter milk powder. More>>

ALSO:

SOE Results: TVNZ Lifts Annual Profit 25% On Flat Ad Revenue, Quits Igloo

Television New Zealand, the state-owned broadcaster, lifted annual profit 25 percent, ahead of forecast and despite a dip in advertising revenue, while quitting its stake in the pay-TV Igloo joint venture with Sky Network Television. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news