Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

22 Businesses Receive Industry NZ Enterprise Award

22 Businesses Receive Industry NZ Enterprise Awards

Twenty two innovative small businesses from all over New Zealand have been offered the Government’s first Enterprise Awards, Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton announced today.

In this first round, 22 awards have been made out of 47 applications, ranging in value from $800 to $10,000. Some were seeking expert advice for developing a prototype, while others needed help with protecting their intellectual property, business planning or doing a feasibility study for a new project. The awards will give these small businesses the boost they need to move to the next stage of development.

“The Government is committed to building partnerships with both large and small companies and this award programme is part of our aim to boost small business success and growth. It is a boost that they deserve and they have been overlooked for far too long because small and medium sized businesses are the engine room of the NZ economy,” says Mr Anderton. “This first round of awards go to small businesses throughout New Zealand, with products ranging from seafood to blankets, possum products to physiotherapy equipment.”

The Enterprise Awards Scheme was one of three new Industry NZ programmes announced by Mr Anderton in July. It offers up to $10,000 for small businesses or entrepreneurs who need support and advice in order to test and develop good ideas.

The Enterprise Awards Scheme is gathering steam, he says. “It takes six months for this type of scheme to become known and for small businesses to see how it might help them. We are now experiencing a strong build-up of interest throughout the country.”

A panel comprising private sector representatives along with the Ministry of Economic Development and Industry NZ will meet monthly to evaluate more award applications.

“The Enterprise Awards Scheme does not give any one business a large injection of cash – these are not handouts, but a springboard to growth for entrepreneurs and small businesses. While the amounts are not large, they can make all the difference to a small business that needs some practical advice and early financing so that it can grow and develop.”


Over the coming weeks, Mr Anderton will visit many of the award recipients. On Thursday he will be personally presenting two of the awards to businesses in Hamilton and Auckland.

He says that the firms who were turned down this time should not be discouraged.

"The calibre of applications was very high and not everyone who applied received an award. But many of the ideas had potential and Industry New Zealand’s advisors will work with those people to develop their ideas further, and encourage them to re-apply”, says Mr Anderton.

Businesses interested in applying for an Enterprise Award should contact Industry NZ.


For further information on the INZ Enterprise Awards contact: Suzanne Cookson, Industry NZ (04) 495 5089, or (021) 264 7076

For information on the award presentations by Jim Anderton on Thursday 5 October (9.30am in Auckland and 2pm in Hamilton) contact: Cathy Casey (04) 471 9011, or (025) 570 862

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Sending An Orion P-3 To Tonga


Because the undersea volcanic eruption in Tonga cut communications with the more remote parts of the country, it wasn’t at all surprising that as a good Pacific neighbour, New Zealand sent a reconnaissance aircraft up there to gather information about the extent and location of the damage. The more interesting thing was which plane we sent. It was an old P-3K Orion. It wasn’t one of the four fancy P-8 Poseidons that the New Zealand taxpayer spent north of $3 billion to purchase and to equip, only a few years ago...
More>>



 
 



Government: New Zealand Prepared To Send Support To Tonga

New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga in its recovery from Saturday night’s undersea eruption and tsunami, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today... More>>


Ministry of Health: COVID-19 Immunisation Starts For 5 To 11-year-old Tāmariki

More than 120,000 doses of the child (paediatric) Pfizer vaccine have been delivered to over 500 vaccination sites around New Zealand as health providers prepare to start immunising 5 to 11-year-olds tamariki from today, 17 January... More>>


Crown: Duke Of York’s NZ Military Patronage Appointment Ends
Buckingham Palace has recently announced that, with the Queen's approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen... More>>


CTU: Too Many Kiwi Workers Financially Vulnerable As Omicron Looms
With New Zealand on the precipice of an Omicron outbreak and the economic upheaval that comes with it, the CTU’s annual Mood of the Workforce Survey shows the vast majority of kiwi workers do not have the financial resources to survive a period of unemployment... More>>


Financial Advice NZ: Law Changes Locking Out Home Seekers, Urgent Meeting Sought With Government

Recent changes in consumer finance law on top of Government policy changes are locking many home seekers out of finance options they would have qualified for just six weeks ago, says Financial Advice New Zealand... More>>

Energy: Powering NZ’s Future With Biofuels
The Government will introduce a Sustainable Biofuels Mandate to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods said today... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels