Waikato Innovation Park

Helping Local Business Grow

An initiative between our Council and Waikato Innovation Park (WIP) aims to help local businesses with high growth aspirations climb as high as they can go.

WIP Business Growth Advisors are available to all Thames-Coromandel businesses, with consultations currently available in Thames and Coromandel Town (see below for times and locations). 

“We’re really excited the Waikato Innovation Park are keen for business growth in Thames-Coromandel, and are able to help our businesses get every aspect of support to help them be as  successful as they can be,” says our Economic Development Programme Manager Colleen Litchfield.

What type of help is available?

WIP services are aimed at helping businesses gain knowledge, connect with the right people, and grow.

Services include a free business needs assessment to support business growth plans, along with free access to the government funding programmes offered by NZTE and Callaghan Innovation and Business Mentors New Zealand. The Park’s Business Growth Advisors can also facilitate business access to the Food Innovation Network which provides services and facilities for food manufacturing businesses developing new products.

Does my business qualify for this help?

The main criteria for WIP assistance is the desire to grow.

“We currently work with companies across the Waikato and will now be working more closely with the Coromandel,” says WIP Business Growth Advisor Peter Davey. “We’re very interested in helping local businesses that are wanting to grow, facing technical roadblocks, or looking to take on new skills that will enable business growth.”

Consultations are free

A Business Growth Advisor from Waikato Innovation Park will be available to talk with you in Thames and Coromandel Town on the following days:

  • Thames: 1st Tuesday of the month between 1 - 4pm in the Council Office, 515 Mackay Street.
  • Coromandel Town: Last Thursday of every second month, eg 27 July, 28 September, 30 November etc, between 10am-3pm in the Coromandel Town Service Centre, 355 Kapanga Road.

Contact Peter Davey (details below) to book a time, or check in with reception and you can talk to Peter as soon as he's available.

There is also an option to have the advisor come to your business, make the call and discuss the possibility on the number below.

How can I find out more?

View a short video about Waikato Innovation Park Services here. 

Or contact:

WIP business growth advisor Peter Davey
Mobile: 021 124 9425
Email: peter.davey@wipltd.co.nz
Website: www.wipltd.co.nz
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WaikatoInnovationPark

TCDC Economic Development Programme Manager

Email: colleen.litchfield@tcdc.govt.nz
Phone 07 868 0200