Story image

Applications open for Taupo business growth programme

29 Aug 2017

Taupo businesses looking to fast-track their growth can find help with a local business growth programme Accelerate.

Local businesses owners are urged to apply quickly so they don't miss out on subsidised places.

The programme run by central North Island business growth centre Firestation will start late September.

Up to ten businesses will receive subsidised places with funding from Enterprise Great Lake Taupo.

Business owners will attend fortnightly sessions over six months to grow capability in sales, leadership, brand, planning, finance and developing a growth mindset with professionally facilitated individual and group coaching sessions.

­­­The overall goal is to triple the current growth rate.              

Accelerate is predominantly facilitated by business growth expert Darren McGarvie, Firestation co-founder and chief coach.

Additional facilitation is provided by other organisations including Employers and Manufacturers Association (BoP) and Woods Brand Innovation.

Participants receive a mix of professional coaching and business capability training with the focus on participants setting goals, implementing actions and increasing success through planning for growth.

“Accelerate teaches the importance of spending time working on the business and after six months, participants will walk away with a growth acceleration plan.”

“Many business owners are so busy working in their business that they have no time to step back and work on their business. This programme provides them with the skills and mindset to work on their business to plan and achieve faster growth,” McGarvie says.

“What is unique about this programme is that the new behaviours and skills learnt in the training are enforced and followed up with one-on-one business coaching sessions,” he says.

Thirty businesses have graduated from the programme and are reaping the benefits including higher revenue, increased profit margins and improved leadership.

David Merwood from Laser Plumbing graduated from Accelerate in 2015.

He says it was a good opportunity to learn and meet other successful local businesses.

“I’d recommend it. It was great for getting ideas for growth and the company vision,” he says.

Carolyn Douglas from DBCon was also part of the programme and highly recommends it to other business owners.

 “Our focus on HR and our team have improved and net profit has increased. I am still in contact on a regular basis with some of the highly motivated people I met through the programme,” she says.

Accelerate is designed for business owners of established, medium-size businesses that are profitable and scalable with an ambition to grow regionally, nationally or even internationally.

Participants need to commit to 2-3 hours per fortnight for the training and business coaching sessions.

Better data management: Whose job is it?
An Experian executive’s practical advice on how to structure data-management roles within a modern business environment.
Platform9 and Intersect partner to bring unified cloud to A/NZ
“For Intersect, Platform9 represents the single most strategic solution to a set of challenges we see expanding across the board."
Meet the future of women in IT
Emily Sopers has just won Kordia’s first ever Women in Technology Scholarship, which was established to address gender imbalance in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector.
Web design programmers do an about face – again!
Google is aggressively pushing speed in the mobile environment as a critical ranking factor, and many eb design teams struggling to reach 80%+ speed scores on Google speed tests with gorgeous – but heavy - WordPress templates and themes.
Digital spending to hit US$1.2 trillion by 2022
A recent study by Zinnov shows that IoT spend reached US$201 billion in 2018 while outsourcing service providers generated $40 billion in revenue.
'Iwi Algorithm' can grow Aotearoa's mana
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei innovation officer Te Aroha Grace says AI can help to combine the values from different cultures to help grow Aotearoa’s mana and brand – and AI is not just for commercial gain.
Dropbox brings in-country document hosting to A/NZ & Japan
Dropbox Business users in New Zealand, Australia, and Japan will be able to store their Dropbox files in-country, beginning in the second half of 2019.
Why 'right to repair' legislation could be a new lease on life for broken devices
“These companies are profiting at the expense of our environment and our pocketbooks as we become a throw-away society that discards over 6 million tonnes of electronics every year.”