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Helping Kiwi businesses since 1991


We have an unrivalled resource of over 1,920 friendly, impartial, volunteer business mentors.  With their help, we have supported over 70,000 kiwi businesses since 1991.

Watch how our mentors helped people like you.

Still not sure? Call Lisa on 0800 209209 ext 1 or request a call back.

Our mentors help you by

  • Providing an independent, confidential, non-judgemental ear
  • Passing on their knowledge and expertise
  • Bringing a fresh perspective - someone to bounce ideas off
  • Working with you to grow your business
  • Seeing ‘the bigger picture’
  • Assisting with identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • Supporting you in your decision making
  • Giving you a push, some confidence or sharpening your focus

Do any of the following apply to you?

  • You want a fresh perspective, guidance or inspiration?
  • You want help to market or grow your business
  • You need to implement a change to your business
  • You are facing challenges and need support or advice?

Call Lisa on 0800 209209 ext 1 or request a call back.


Our partnerships

Our mentoring programmes are delivered with the commitment and generosity of our private sector sponsors and the support of central and local Government who recognise the importance of a vibrant and healthy SME sector.

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A healthy and safer approach to starting a new business venture

Susan Rhodes knows her stuff when it comes to health and safety. She has been a health and safety consultant for 15 years and her business, Smart Safety Solutions, has provided advice and support to a wide range of companies.

Vet Centre well set for growth with help of business mentor

Rangiora Vet Centre is a mixed veterinary practice that has been serving North Canterbury’s animal health needs for over 50 years.

Lifestyle block conversion, dairy conversion and population growth after the Canterbury earthquakes were the main drivers for a period of accelerated growth in the business.The practice employs 45 people, operates from two locations and having recently opened a new state-of the-art clinic the owners appointed Chris Bailey to a new role of Business Manager in mid-2014.

Floored business gets back up with guidance of business mentor

The Natural Flooring Company Limited was a little over three years old and employed seven staff when the devastating Christchurch earthquake struck on 22 February 2011.

Tour operator opens up Paradise Trail with help of mentor

Revolution Tours runs a fully guided and supported luxury biking and walking tour around the western shores of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu and into Mt Aspiring National Park. The route is known locally as the Paradise Trail.

Tanya Gray - Recruit NZ

Tanya Gray established SME recruitment specialist service Recruit NZ Limited in 2008.

Very early on Tanya knew that she would need a business mentor if Recruit NZ was to develop the way she wanted.

Tanya had spent her early years in corporate recruitment roles, and was frustrated by the services provided by Auckland recruitment agencies. Tanya decided to flip the recruitment model into a user-friendly format, with fixed prices and a one-stop shop of services

Mentor helps deliver best results

When Chris Wilson bought BEST Property Services in 2010 with ambitious growth in mind, it was a journey into the unknown – his first company and first time he’d worked for himself.

The Pakuranga-based company has experienced impressive growth in the past two years, in which it has won some large Auckland waterblasting contracts.

BEST has also, through acquisition, expanded its carpet cleaning base to include a major Auckland health provider. This complements services to its commercial and residential customers which include building washing/ waterblasting, carpet cleaning, pest control and window cleaning.

Mentor is Absolutely crucial

Stress and chaos are familiar territory for ambulance officer – and former school teacher – Anthea Mosley.  

But she was keen to avoid both states as she turned a hobby into her growing business Absolutely Me Organic Skincare.

As medical professionals led demand for her organic products designed to help people with sensitive skin and allergies, Anthea needed to gain clarity around her passion and ideas, and to organise the business’ financi

Business Mentoring Boosts Profits

Having a business mentor gave Goodson Imports NZ (GINZ) managing director Peter Murray a fresh perspective on his business that has proved invaluable.

When he first met business mentor Nick Sterling, Peter identified that, in light of the very adverse market conditions, it would be good for his business to maintain the same levels of annual revenue and net proft for the following year.

Katwalk Fashion grows with help from a mentor

Ever since she had been part of a successful Young Enterprise Scheme team at high school, Laura Crombie had wanted to own her own business. 

She's now the owner of a thriving Taranaki fashion boutique.

With help from her Business Mentor she is looking to take it well beyond the region.

Sound advice boosts business

Architectural designer Kathy Torkington needed a boost to her confidence and strategic business growth skills to tackle the challenges of operating in a changing construction industry.

So she turned to the Business Mentors New Zealand's (BMNZ)  Auckland North office.

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