Applications are open for the next round of subsidised business training in Rotorua, suitable from people who have an idea for a business through to a small business that has been operating less than five years.
Firestation’s training programmes help launch, grow and scale businesses and non-profits. Programme creator Darren McGarvie says these programmes have a proven track record.
“Our range of programmes suit everyone; from you have an idea for a business or non-profit through to medium-sized businesses with an annual turnover of up to ten million. With more than 170 graduates of these programmes we know they work and make a difference.”
“What makes them stand out is that they are execution focused. Participants tell us they love how we focus on actions. What action will they take to implement what they have learned to take their organisation forward. The other advantages include that they are delivered locally as well as the connection to other like-minded business owners.”
“We are currently seeking applicants for our start-up and small business programme in Rotorua. This will be the fifteenth INCUBATE programme and the sixth ACTIVATE programme to run across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato.”
More than 200 business owners and senior leaders have completed Firestation courses.
Firestation works with councils and economic development agencies to subsidise the cost of the training programmes to support economic growth and create local jobs. This makes the training affordable for businesses.
The different programmes each have a different focus to cater for that stage of business. ACTIVATE is for start-ups and the focus is on idea development, what is needed to get your idea up and running. INCUBATE is for the smaller businesses and is about building strong foundations for long-term business success. ACCELERATE is for medium sized businesses and is about fast-tracking growth and scaling the business.”
Each programme includes group-based training, group review sessions where participants share challenges and successes and one-on-one business coaching sessions. In the final session participants present their launch or growth plan for their business.
Our latest South Waikato cohort had amazing results with average revenue growth of 70%. Across all participants our feedback rating is 4.6 stars (out of 5). The business survival rate post programmes is significantly higher than the statistical average.
For more information:
ACTIVATE – programme to help people with a business idea or start-up.
INCUBATE – programme for small business or non-profit (Revenue/total sales <$500k).
ACCELERATE – programme for medium business who want to grow (Revenue/total sales >$500k).