With hundreds of SMEs entering the Westpac Business Growth Grants, the judges had a difficult job whittling down the entries to a top 10 who receive one day’s worth of free business consultancy.
Even tougher was getting this down to 6 that will attend the Nurture Change Business Retreat in Fiji on 11-15 November as well as present to a panel of judges for the chance to win a $40,000 Westpac Business Growth Grant and $10,000 worth of advertising
On Wednesday we announced the first batch of finalists. Here are the final 3 who need to be getting their passports ready.
Forgotten World Adventures Ltd
Forgotten World Adventures is a tourism business offering activities focused on the Stratford-Okahukura railway line, which the company leased in 2011.
RailCarts (golf carts converted to run on railway lines) was FWA’s first inspirational concept, and in the 2014-2015 season 6,000 visitors travelled through the remote Ruapehu landscape and historic towns this way.
Launching this year is an FWA-designed RailBike, expected to attract substantial new business.
Since launching in 2007, Haka Tours have been giving tourists to New Zealand the trip of a lifetime on small group guided tours, with a goal to “blur the line between traditional group tours and independent travelling”.
With a unique business model that allows customers to customise their tour to suit their style, it appears to be working. Out of 4,000+ commercial tourism businesses, Haka Tours was named the #1 Visitor Activity in NZ for 2014 by tourism site Rankers.
Firmly established in the world of exceptional adventure, snow, and mountain bike tours, Haka Tours hopes to expand this to other areas, such as surf and trekking.
Omega Seafood/PHR Processing Ltd
Greenshell mussels and clams are at the heart of the mouth-watering success that Omega Seafood.
The small Blenheim-based company employs 25 people and sells its delicious seafood to China, USA, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, and New Zealand.
Omega aims for a profitable, sustainable business, selling whole-shell Greenshell mussels and Littleneck clams to the foodservice industry and retail markets.
Omega Seafood would use the Westpac Business Growth Grant to help develop its marketing and production capabilities.
Rounding out the top 10
As mentioned earlier, finalising the top 6 meant some truly great entries missed the cut. However, all SMEs that made the top 10 will receive up to one day’s worth of free business consultancy across a variety of chosen topics.
Along with the top 6, these companies are:
Champion to be crowned soon
All 6 finalists will get the chance to make their case for the ultimate Growth Grant package to a panel of judges on Thursday, 27 August at Westpac’s Auckland office.
Following the judges’ deliberation, the winner will be announced that evening, receiving
Furthermore, all 6 finalists will also be invited to NurtureChange, a business retreat in Fiji featuring impressive line-up of speaks including Sir Graham Henry.