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

 


New Zealand’s leading entrepreneurs join forces

New Zealand’s leading entrepreneurs join forces

Building Smarter Business project launched to mentor Kiwi businesses

Four of New Zealand’s most successful entrepreneurs are teaming up to share their secrets with Kiwi business owners across the country, thanks to the Building Smarter Business project. Launching today, the 2degrees initiative aims to equip businesses with practical tools and advice to foster long term success for Kiwi brands in the ever competitive local and global market.

Chef, restaurateur and author Al Brown, fashion designer Kate Sylvester, CEO of Moa Brewing & Chairman of Trilogy Group, Geoff Ross and ex-cricketer and Triumph & Disaster founder Dion Nash, will front the project and travel to meet small business owners in their home towns, offering one on one, personalised mentoring sessions.

Recognising that 97% of New Zealand businesses are defined as small, the 2degrees initiative aims to better equip Kiwi enterprises for profitable and sustained success. Currently, only fifty percent of small New Zealand companies remain in business after 10 years.[1]

2degrees’ Senior Marcoms Manager, Rhona Clark, elaborates, “Our chosen mentors have each excelled in their individual industries, both here and on the world stage, inspiring start-ups and small business owners to follow suit.

“With 2degrees having supported the mentors’ business operations, we can now facilitate the mentors to support other small business owners, sharing their insights and expertise via Building Smarter Business.”

The project will see eight lucky businesses win a workshop during September with their chosen mentor, where they will hear first-hand the entrepreneur’s personal stories and learnings from their journey to business success.

“Having been a small business owner myself, I’m excited to share my experience with other Kiwis who are trying to make their mark. There’s a lot to learn when trying to balance where you want to take a business creatively and the realities of making sure you’re running a profitable and successful enterprise,” says 2degrees mentor, Kate Sylvester.

Business Mentors New Zealand, the only volunteer business mentoring service in the country, who will accompany the 2degrees mentors to offer personalised, tactical advice, tools and solutions, hold firm that mentoring advice has proven to help businesses achieve success.

“We work with 4,000 business owners across New Zealand every year and although they have the ideas, work-ethic and drive, what many lack is practical advice and experience from a business mentor. Sharing expertise and problem solving is imperative to a successful business,” said Ray Schofield, CEO Business Mentors New Zealand.

Entries are now open for small businesses to take part in Building Smarter Business. For more information and a chance to win a mentoring session thanks to 2degrees, head to http://www.stuff.co.nz/2degreescompetition.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>

ALSO:

Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>

Earlier:

Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>

ALSO:

Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>

ALSO:

Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

ALSO:

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news