Starting a business in the Hutt Valley

Quick tips on starting out

Congratulations to those brave enough to start and run their own business!!

There are so many wonderful resources out there to help you to start, manage or grow your business. Right from the beginning, it’s about being clear on what you want to achieve with your business, whether you're just starting up or putting plans in place for 2014.

Good questions to ask yourself

  • What’s the end result GOT to be?
  • What’s worked well for you in the past and what hasn’t?
  • Where do you need professional help or guidance?
  • Are you passionate about your business?

It’s important that you are really passionate about what you’re selling or promoting. After all, you’re going to be investing a lot of money, time and effort (potentially) into this “Project” - and you're going to have to sell it!

Need help?

Try these resources:

  • - a fantastic website with a number of FREE tools such as a Quick Start Business Plan (to help you write your business plan), some cashflow/financial information and tips, from choosing the name of your business to increasing your profits
  • has a business toolkit and can help you locate your target markets. It also has helpful information about various industries
  • Your local Chamber of Commerce is a great place to meet and network with like-minded business owners. Pop in and have a chat to the friendly team located at level 3, 15 Daly Street, Lower Hutt. They will point you in the right direction. Or phone 04 939 9821 to make an appointment with Mark Futter, the CEO
  • Visit Hutt City and Upper Hutt City to find out how Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt councils support new and existing businesses in their region.
  • Hutt City libraries offer a business research service for those looking for unbiased affordable business information. To see someone about these services visit War memorial library on Wednesdays, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Business networking opportunities

Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce

Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce runs regular and varied networking events for you to make those important business connections. Everyone likes to do business and refer business to people that they know.


Business Networking International (BNI) is a referral based business and professional networking group that only allows one person from each profession to join (eg, one builder, one real estate agent, one lawyer etc). BNI operates four chapters in the Hutt Valley - Three in Lower Hutt and one in Upper Hutt:

BNI Business Boosters - Upper Hutt
Meets: 7.00am, Tuesday
The Royal Wellington Golf Club, Heretaunga

BNI Forefront
Meets: 7:00am, Wednesday
Alfred Coles House, Settlers Motel , Lower Hutt

BNI Hutt City

Meets: 7:00am, Thursday
Petone Beach Cafe, The Esplanade, Petone

BNI Hutt Business Connections

Meets: 7:00am, Friday
Hutt Indoor Sports, Moera

Contact Grant Foggo for more information on 027 548 2047 or click here to visit the official website.

Venus Network

Venus Network is a networking, business group for women in business offering a supportive environment to help women thrive. There are currently three groups in the Valley - two in Lower Hutt and one in Upper Hutt:

Lower Hutt
Meets at 9.00 - 10.00am, every second Tuesday
BNZ Business offices Level 2, Westfield Tower 45 Knights Road Lower Hutt

Central Hutt
Meets at 9.30 - 10.30am, every second Thursday
Hutt Chamber Boardroom, Level 3, 15 Daly Street Lower Hutt

Upper Hutt
Meets at 9.00 - 10.00am every second Wednesday
The Manor 5 Brentwood St Trentham Upper Hutt

To find out more about Catrina Bengree on 04 938 3372 or 021 0225 2866

Business & Professional Women's Club

Business & Professional Women's Club helps Upper Hutt women achieve professional and personal goals through programmes, workshops, networking and friendships. All is achieved through monthly meetings and other sponsored activities. Focus is on advocacy, leadership, personal development and networking.

Meet second Tuesday of the month 6.30pm-9.30pm at the Fig Tree Café, 386 Fergusson Drive, Heretaunga,
Upper Hutt. Contact Trish Gray phone 04 971 4941

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Westpac Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

  • James Henry
    Winner of the Innovation Award sponsored by GNS Science
  • Petone Working Men's Club
    Winner of the Not For Profit Award sponsored by Spark Business Hutt-Kapiti
  • Masterpet Corporation Ltd
    Winner of the Supreme Manufacturing and Distribution Award sponsored by BNZ
  • Future Thinking Limited
    Winner of the Small Business Award sponsored by Gibson Sheat
  • Neos Systems
    Winner of the Professional Services Award sponsored by Boulcott Hospital
  • Cupcake Sweeties
    Winner of the Retail Central Award Sponsored by Petone Working Men’s Club
  • La Bella Italia
    Winner of the Retail South Award Sponsored by Petone Working Men’s Club
  • Rasha Taylor Couture
    Winner of the Retail North Award Sponsored by Petone Working Men’s Club
  • Saxton Auto Group
    Winner of the Trade Services Award sponsored by Crowe Horwath (NZ) Limited
  • Trentham Function & Events Centre
    Winners of the Hospitality and Tourism Award sponsored by Hutt News
  • James Henry
    Winner of the Sustainability Award sponsored by Hutt City Council
  • Lisa Martin
    Winner of the Leadership Award sponsored by Westpac
  • James Henry
    Winner of the Best Emerging Business Award sponsored by Grow Wellington Ltd 
  • Shirley Cressey
    Winner of the Mayoral Award
  • Rasha Taylor Couture
    Winner of the Retail Supreme Award Sponsored by Upper Hutt City Council
  • Masterpet Corporation LTD
    Winner of the Supreme Award Sponsored by Westpac

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For those of you in business already ...

Learning and development seminars

Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce is your local starting point (based at Level 3, 15 Daly St, Lower Hutt, phone (04) 939 9821). They continuously run a variety of learning and development sessions, catering from start-ups to large, growing enterprises. Topics covered include: facebook, accountacy, engaging customers, leadership and lots more! For details on their upcoming courses see our Workshops & Seminars page or visit the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce website

Sign up to their e-newsletter to get regular updates. Consider joining - it's well worthwhile!

Does your business mentor speak your language?

Try a local coach, who will talk your language:

  • Gaylene Hughes, JDI Business Coaching, based in Epuni, Lower Hutt. Phone Gaylene and her team on (04) 566 1043
    • 90 Day Planning - one day every three months is your chance to create a "Roadmap for your Business" by stepping out of the business and getting focused on moving forward. With practical workshops and expert training, you and your teams will get back to your business with clear direction and new tools to achieve your goals faster
    • Achievers+CLUB - weekly coaching in small groups. Creating wins, goal setting, sharing and being held accountable to implement action - 20 minutes coaching with discussion. Keeping you focused and successful
    • ActionClub - a 14 week programme for those not ready for one-on-one coaching, start ups, or micro businesses. Seven sessions on everything from setting your goals and vision, right through to team building, marketing, sales, and many of the basic fundamentals you need.
  • Red Hot Business Coaching, based in Jackson Street, Petone. Call them on (04) 473 3827
  • Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, Daly Street, Lower Hutt. In conjunction with ANZ, and the Hutt City Council, the Chamber runs regular bootcamps for start-ups. It's a four week course run from 4-7pm. Selected businesses will then get a chance to enter the MasterBiz competition where they can pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. For more information and the latest dates contact the Chamber

Starting out on a shoestring budget?

If you're receiving a benefit or on a low income, you may be entitled to government assistance to get your business off the ground. See information on starting your own business from the WINZ website. Here's the rundown on what financial help you may be entitled to.

Budgeting help

Local organisations are also available to help you manage your budget, at no cost:

Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce Silver Partner


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Free legal advice

Organisations that offer this service are:

Women's Loan Fund (Wahine Putea)

Offers micro credit, budgeting and interest free loans for business training and education. Contact Roz Brown JP Mon-Wed 7.00am-7.00pm. Email or phone 04 526 7573 or 0800 32 94 51. Their postal address is PO Box 40 718, Upper Hutt 5140.