Grow your business

Ready to take your business to the next level?

The Chamber partners with other national networks to support businesses in the Bay of Plenty.

Regional Business Partner Network

The Chamber facilitates the delivery of the Regional Business Partner Network (RBP) in the Bay of Plenty, alongside Rotorua Business Chamber, Eastern Bay Chamber of Commerce and Poutama Trust.

Our specialist Business Advisors work with owners and / or key managers to identify needs and opportunities to grow your business. They can provide advice, information, referrals and connections to support you on your journey.

They may also connect you with a Business Mentor for one-on-one, ongoing support to help you achieve your results by providing an element of accountability – more on this below.

How we can help:

  • Mobile business advisory team
  • A customised action plan to support business growth
  • Connect you with networks and expertise to help you grow
  • Identify constraints and provide impartial confidential advice
  • Link you into co-funded training opportunities
  • Connect you with exporter support.
Melissa and Matt Cooke family photo jumping in front of the Mount

Case study: Starex

Matt and Melissa Cooke purchased early childhood furniture manufacturing business Starex alongside Melissa’s parents in 2006.

They came into the role fresh and ready to learn, and have gained vital experience and knowledge about both running a business and the dynamic industry they work in over the past 15 years. 

In 2016, they came to the Regional Business Partner Network (RBP) through the Chamber to help gain support and guidance for their business.

They were connected to Growth Advisor Jason Stockdale, whose role is to support local businesses by connecting them with specialist support, contacts and information that builds internal management capability and brings them closer to their goals. 

Read about the Cooke’s experience here.