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Kawerau Incubate programme to run again in 2015
14 January 2015

A programme to help new business and social enterprise succeed and grow in Kawerau has been so well received by participants that the programme will run again in February 2015.

Kawerau X Incubate was a 10 week programme that ran from October to December 2014. Seven businesses and entrepreneurs participated in the programme, fully funded by Kawerau Enterprise Agency (KEA).

Participants received business coaching in both group and one-on-one sessions plus training modules to build business capability.

Executive Director of KEA Helen Stewart said feedback from the participants had been extremely positive.

“The programme has given the participants coaching and training to set goals, implement actions and increase overall success through business planning to help them work on their business or social enterprise.”

“We are really thrilled with how the programme has helped the participants and strongly believe that it is initiatives like this that will help boost Kawerau’s economic development,” she said.

“What has been really pleasing to see is how the participants have supported each other, learnt from each other and helped each other.”

“We need this culture of business support and improvement to grow and maintain a thriving business community. This is how many of Kawerau’s businesses started in 1980’s and 1990’s so we know the same spirit is alive and well today,” Miss Stewart said.

Incubate participants ranged from fledging start-ups to existing businesses and charities who wanted to take their organisation to the next level.

One participant Kathe Davey-Emms was looking to set up a business venture when she heard about the Incubate programme. It looked like it would offer the professional advice and guidance she was looking for with the added benefit of being part of a group with business aspirations.

The programme was everything Ms Davey-Emms thought it would be and more. She urges anyone wanting to set up a business to apply for the next round of the Incubate programme.

“If anyone is serious about setting up a business venture this is the course to do, it guides you through every aspect of business. The scary risky parts of business are real but there are steps for success and guidelines for sustainability. This a quality course,” Ms Davey-Emms said.

The programme was designed by Rotorua X, a charitable trust set up to inspire, grow and launch business and social enterprises in Rotorua. It is supported by other organisations like BDO, EMA, Flair Marketing and AdviseMe.

Rotorua X Chairman and Incubate facilitator Darren McGarvie said the programme is designed to help start-ups and small businesses to be successful.

“The majority of businesses in New Zealand are family-owned businesses with less than six employees. For regional towns to experience economic growth it is essential that start-ups and newly launched organisations have access to support and training,” he said.

“It is fantastic that Kawerau Enterprise Agency funds programmes like this that will make a real difference to the local business community,” he said.

Kawerau X Incubate will commence in February 2015. Local businesses are invited to register their interest in the programme. To register send your name, details of your organisation or business idea along with contact information to kaweraux@gmail.com.

More information

Kawerau X Incubate includes:

• 3 Entrepreneur sessions where in a facilitated discussion business owners share their challenges, celebrate their successes, and support each other to achieve their business goals and dreams

• 5 Mastery Modules provide training in business essentials such as planning, marketing and employment presented by experienced, local professionals recognised as leaders in their field

• 3 Coaching sessions to set goals, actions and plans for business success.

About facilitator Darren McGarvie:

• Darren has had a long and successful career helping businesses develop by working in a number of corporate roles, primarily in the financial services sector. These roles allowed him to work with a broad range of business people from farmers to entrepreneurs to large corporate entities and local government.

• He has also started businesses in IT, construction and entertainment industries, allowing him to understand from a personal perspective the challenges of entrepreneurship and sustaining successful businesses.

• Darren’s passion for entrepreneurship, business education and successful business leadership, motivated him to help establish ‘Rotorua X’. This has become a leading networking forum in Rotorua.

• Darren has received many awards for his professional abilities, including 2012 Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business Person of the Year and the 2013 Institute of Directors Aspiring Director Award.

For further information please contact Darren McGarvie from McGarvie Business Coaching on 027 2711517 or darren@flairgroup.co.nz  or Helen Stewart at the Kawerau Enterprise Agency on 07 3237377, 0275 963686 or ermail helen@kea.org.nz

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