The graduates of Greymouth’s first Co.Starters programme celebrated their success recently with a fun-filled event held at Tai Poutini Polytechnic.

The participants of this business start-up and development programme completed the nine-week programme run by DWC and WestREAP. The graduation evening showcased some truly inspiring new businesses and business ideas with each participant giving a short pitch.

DWC Chair Renee Rooney began the evening highlighting how the success of the programme is built on the collaboration, support and participation of the local business community. She praised the Greymouth business community for getting behind the programme and sharing their time and knowledge with the course participants as well as offering sponsorship and prize incentives.

Winners of the evening’s ‘Best Presentation’ were Sarah and Jason Johnson with a pitch on their up-coming business - Hopaholics Brewery. The audience appreciated their obvious passion for brewing and humour - and undoubtably their delicious samples of craft beer.

To find out more about this $250 nine-week business start-up and development programme check out

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Photo: Sarah and Jason Johnson receiving the Award for ‘Best Pitch’ from Mayor Tony Kokshoorn