Green Growth Business Development programme

20 January 2015

If your business offers sustainable products or services, is in the early stages of development and wants to grow fast, ATEED’s new Green Growth Business Development programme could be just the ticket.

Starting in Auckland on 28 January, the course comprises a series of five half-day workshops run by experts, taking place over four months.

Gill Ellis, Business Advisor at ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development), says the workshops will include both theory and practical tools to apply to your business and along with group workshops, participants will have the opportunity for individual coaching.

“Whether your business produces organic foods, energy saving devices, eco-building products, environmentally friendly household or industrial products, or contributes to reducing waste, this programme will help you learn how to grow your business,” she says.

“It’s also suitable for early stage businesses that offer software or services to help consumers or businesses reduce their environmental footprint.”

The first artisan organic food producer to sign up for the programme said “It’s so hard when you’re a small business finding the time and the money to get quality, professional business advice and help. You make lots of mistakes, and can easily get overwhelmed and worried you’ve made the wrong choices. This programme’s affordable and I can fit it into my schedule, plus I’m looking forward to sharing experiences with the other participants”.

A maximum of 10 business owners/managers will take part in the programme to ensure maximum value and detailed analysis.

The workshops include:

  • Workshop One: Sustainable business planning, identifying your point of difference – 28 January
    Presenter: Bridget Marsh, Creating What Matters
  • Workshop Two: Marketing for sustainable business – 18 February
    Presenter: Kath Dewar, GoodSense
  • Workshop Three: Effective business: getting fit for market – 11 March
    Presenter: Brendan Hoare, Organic Systems Ltd
  • Workshop Four: Culture, leadership and individual effectiveness and wellbeing – 1 April  Presenter: Alan Pettersen, Positive People
  • Workshop Five: Financial management, social and environmental reporting and risk management – 15 April
    Presenter: Mike Atkinson, Bellingham Wallace Chartered Accountants

Each workshop will be held at ATEED West in Henderson, Auckland from 9am–1pm.

The full cost is $1900 + GST for each participant for the entire programme, payable in instalments.  NZ owned businesses which are GST registered may be eligible for 50 per cent funding through New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s Capability Development scheme.

Find out more or contact Gill Ellis for further information.