Increase in businesses registering for mentoring programme

Business Mentor registrations have grown by 50 percent.

Business Mentor registrations have grown by 50 percent.

GISBORNE’S business community is the nation’s fastest growing when it comes to sharing tips on how to do better business.

Business Mentor registrations in the region have grown by a staggering 50 percent, with more businesses than ever before being matched to a business mentor under the national Business Mentors NZ programme.

Activate Tairawhiti chief executive Steve Breen said that was the most significant increase of any region in New Zealand, and it indicated the healthy state of new businesses in Tairawhiti.

“Businesses successfully utilising the service range from horticulture to IT.

“The strength of the programme is with our mentors passing on their experience and skills to our new business owners.

“That informal transfer of knowledge makes being in business so much less daunting and it’s great seeing our businesses growing as a result.

“Activate Tairawhiti are also pleased to see mentors using their new Biz Hub to meet with clients.

“Having mentors using the hub is adding to our goal of it becoming a hive of business activity.”

BMNZ regional administrator Linda Hermon said there was still room for the programme to grow in Gisborne.

“The growth has been fantastic. We’re seeking more mentors to join us and be part of the action.”

Business Mentors New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the success and growth of small businesses through the knowledge and experience of volunteer mentors.

GISBORNE’S business community is the nation’s fastest growing when it comes to sharing tips on how to do better business.

Business Mentor registrations in the region have grown by a staggering 50 percent, with more businesses than ever before being matched to a business mentor under the national Business Mentors NZ programme.

Activate Tairawhiti chief executive Steve Breen said that was the most significant increase of any region in New Zealand, and it indicated the healthy state of new businesses in Tairawhiti.

“Businesses successfully utilising the service range from horticulture to IT.

“The strength of the programme is with our mentors passing on their experience and skills to our new business owners.

“That informal transfer of knowledge makes being in business so much less daunting and it’s great seeing our businesses growing as a result.

“Activate Tairawhiti are also pleased to see mentors using their new Biz Hub to meet with clients.

“Having mentors using the hub is adding to our goal of it becoming a hive of business activity.”

BMNZ regional administrator Linda Hermon said there was still room for the programme to grow in Gisborne.

“The growth has been fantastic. We’re seeking more mentors to join us and be part of the action.”

Business Mentors New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the success and growth of small businesses through the knowledge and experience of volunteer mentors.

If you are in in the business community and could offer an hour a month to help fledgling businesses with support and advice contact linda@activatetairawhiti.co.nz

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