The Government’s announcement of the $140m investment package from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) for the West Coast acknowledges the importance of the region to New Zealand, while also providing a significant injection of cash into the region’s economy, which will benefit most Coasters either directly or indirectly.
It is important to remember this is not the last PGF announcement for the region. If you have a project that meets the fund criteria, you can still apply. Businesses looking for assistance are encouraged to approach DWC as a first point of contact.
There are various avenues of funding available to Coast businesses and DWC can point you in the right direction and help you with the process, whether that is applying to the PGF or for commercial finance through DWC itself.
DWC is also part of the Regional Business Partner Programme. This is a network that opens businesses up to assistance through New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Callaghan Innovation, as well as support from the Business Mentors New Zealand Mentoring Programme.
There are various forms of business assistance available to West Coast businesses and linking Coast businesses with this support is one of the many services DWC offers.