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Small Business Minister applauds Flying Start Winner

Hon John Banks

Minister for Small Business

4 September 2013 Media Statement

Small Business Minister applauds Flying Start Winner

Minister for Small Business John Banks today congratulated Chia Limited, the Supreme Winner of Business.govt.nz’s ANZ Flying Start Business Plan Competition.

Chia Limited produces naturally flavoured bottled drinks containing the chia seed, a natural ‘superfood’ that is a rich source of vegetable Omega 3, complete protein, minerals, electrolytes, fibre, and antioxidants.

The Nelson-based company is co-owned by father and daughter Ben and Chloe Van Dyke, who both share a passion for health and sport.

“Chia Limited’s win is well-deserved. The competition was tough, but they won by displaying passion as well as innovation and attention to detail in their submitted business plan,” Mr Banks said.

“Chia Limited is a shining example of what to get right when getting your business to take off to a flying start.”

As part of Chia Limited’s win, director Chloe Van Dyke will receive a $58,000 prize package that includes $30,000 of growth funding from ANZ and access to top business training and advice.

Second and third place winners, and 14 regional winners, were also announced today at the competition awards ceremony which took place at the Wharewaka Function Centre in Wellington.

While the second and third place winners will each receive $5,000 in cash from Gold Sponsors ANZ, each regional winner will receive $1,000 cash from award sponsors Ernst & Young, MYOB, OpenHost and Servcorp.

“Every year Business.govt.nz’s ANZ Flying Start Business Plan Competition shines a light on the entrepreneurial spirit and can-do attitude of every day New Zealanders,” Mr Banks said.

“We’re a nation of entrepreneurs and the level and quality of the entries this competition receives every year stands as proof of that.

“If you’re thinking of starting a business start writing your business plan now, and start using the free resources provided online at Business.govt.nz.”

For more information on today’s awards, go to www.business.govt.nz/business-plan-competition

ENDS

About the ANZ Flying Start Business Plan Competition:

Chia Limited:

Receives a prize package worth $58,000.

This is made up of:

• $30,000 of growth funding from ANZ, plus

• Consulting and development services from The Marketing Bureau (worth $10,000),

• Business education or management training from Stellaris (worth $5,000),

• Advertising/editorial in NZBusiness Magazine (worth $5,000),

• Legal advice from Lane Neave Lawyers (also worth $5,000), and

• A virtual office package from Servcorp valued at $3,800.

Business.govt.nz ANZ Flying Start Competition second and third place winners:

2nd place winner and Bay of Plenty Regional Winner: The Little Adventure – (Blythe Rees-Jones).

3rd place winner and Auckland Central Regional Winner: Oncall Systems Ltd – (Dr Aiden Gill).

Both receive $5,000 in cash from ANZ.

Business.govt.nz ANZ Flying Start Competition Regional Winners:

Each receive $1,000 cash from Ernst & Young, MYOB, OpenHost and Servcorp.
Finalist and Otago Regional Winner:

Horse NZ International – Denis Page

Finalist and Waikato Regional Winner:

Tread Routes Limited – Edward Webb

Auckland North Regional Winner:

Tuhura Limited – Gordon Duncan

Auckland South Regional Winner:

CoveredNZ Limited – Karen Newton

Auckland West Regional Winner:

Simply Clever Toys – Jacob Dawson

Canterbury Regional Winner:

Red Seed – Anya Anderson

East Coast Regional Winner:

One Giant Leap Limited – Kim Hedley

Hawkes Bay Regional Winner:

Kiwigarden Limited – Joanne Edwards

Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Winner:

INR Online Limited – Paul Harper

Northland Regional Winner:

Te Whai Bay Wines – Nicola Deveraux

Southland Regional Winner:

Critical Angle Limited – Ryan Southam

Taranaki Regional Winner:

Logajob – Tonya Callebut

Wellington Regional Winner:

Fleetsafe NZ Limited – Dim Ramsteijn

West Coast Regional Winner:

Hahana Day Spa – Renee Barclay

ENDS


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