Auckland SMEs focused on building capability

Published: 17 August 2016
Filed under: Economic development, Innovation, Research and development

Auckland’s small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are showing their commitment to build capacity with investment in innovation, research and development (R&D), and training to improve capability through the government funded Regional Business Partner (RBP) programme.

Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED), on behalf of Auckland Council, works with NZTE and Callaghan Innovation to deliver the RBP programme in the Auckland region.

ATEED has delivered a 40 per cent increase in the number of business referrals in the 2015/16 financial year compared with the year prior with more than 5,200 referrals made through the RBP programme.

Auckland businesses were referred to Callaghan Innovation and NZTE, as well as specialist service providers, networking events and to other businesses to exchange products, services and information.

ATEED also assisted Auckland businesses with 56 Callaghan Innovation R&D grants in the 2015/16 financial year and facilitated access to the organisation’s programmes and world-leading research, innovation and technology services.

586 Auckland companies received NZTE Capability Development Vouchers which helped business owners and managers to grow their capability to build successful companies.

ATEED General Manager Business, Innovation and Skills, Patrick McVeigh, says Auckland has the highest concentration of SMEs in New Zealand, with these businesses playing a crucial role in driving the region’s economic growth and embedding a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

“Supporting Auckland companies with R&D, and helping them to build capability through all stages of their journey - from budding entrepreneurs to fulfilling the ambitions of established businesses - is vital for business growth.

“Growing businesses will create new money and new jobs for Auckland which will benefit the regional economy and New Zealand as whole,” he says. 

ATEED’s Business and Innovation Advisors offer Auckland SMEs free advice on how to find support to grow their business so they can reach their goals more quickly.

To assist with this, ATEED has recently launched a new Business Support Helpdesk through which businesses can easily access free help and support from Business and Innovation Advisors located in North, South, West and Central Auckland, or get advice on other suitable support services.

For further information call 09 365 0510 or business.ateed@aucklandnz.com.