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Triple growth target for new acceleration programme

Triple growth target for new acceleration programme

27 August, 2014

Enterprise Great Lake Taupo today launched a new business growth initiative to help up to 20 local businesses fast-track their growth plans.

“The Growth Acceleration Programme has been developed by EGLT to intensively support local businesses and assist them to reach their full potential,” explains Fritz Frohlke, General Manager of Enterprise Great Lake Taupo. “In a nutshell, we want to find the best local businesses and then make them better!”

Over ten months, selected Taupo business owners will receive a unique blend of business training focused on accelerating their capability in sales, pitching and developing a growth mind-set with professionally facilitated coaching.

Facilitated by Darren McGarvie from McGarvie Business Coaching, this new programme aims to triple the current rate of growth for participating businesses.

“It’s a lofty ambition,” says Fritz, “however it’s called an acceleration programme for a reason. If we can have twenty local businesses all tripling their growth in a year, that will be a huge economic boost for the area.”

This new programme complements the extensive support and services currently provided by Enterprise Great Lake Taupo and is considered a pilot.

“We’ve seen first-hand how valuable the Mentors programme can be for small businesses,” says Fritz. “So we took some of the philosophy from the Mentors programme, and super-sized it to include workshops, homework, and some really intensive coaching from business expert Darren McGarvie.”

Local businesses are invited to register their interest in the programme by completing an online form ( with registrations closing on Friday 5 September.

Shortlisted businesses will then be asked complete an online business appraisal form and be interviewed prior to acceptance on the programme. Participants will be required to attend two workshop sessions per month for the duration of the programme.

“We are committed to ensuring this programme is a success,” says Fritz, “and we don’t want participation costs to be a barrier. So we’re fully funding the costs for the 20 businesses selected. There is a catch however, if they don’t complete the full ten month course they will be invoiced for the course fee of $1495.”

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WINNER – 2013 Aspiring Director of the Year Institute of Directors NZ Bay of Plenty
WINNER - 2012 Emerging Business Leader of the Year Business Excellence Awards, Rotorua Chamber of Commerce

Darren’s corporate career culminated with four years as Bank of New Zealand Managing Partner for the Central Plateau region. Darren successfully led this substantial business growing revenue 12% through the Global Financial Crisis (2010-12) and opening three new Partners Centres representing a combined $2.6m investment in infrastructure.

In 2012 the business had a balance sheet of $1.3billion, an annual turnover of $36million, and thirty banking professionals based in Taupo, Whakatane and Rotorua. Darren’s team consistently achieved one of the highest levels of staff engagement, new business acquisition, and client satisfaction across New Zealand.

In previous roles Darren has been senior lead on large scale, enterprise wide projects including e-channel development and Salesforce CRM implementation. Darren has in-depth experience in the change leadership that is required to establish a shared vision, develop communications, facilitate behavioural change, and arguably most importantly execute the change.


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