Free tools and information from the government’s website for small business can help make it easier for you to start and run a business.

Eric Janse van Rensburg, from, recently visited the West Coast as part of the Small Business Roadshow hosted by Development West Coast in Westport.

“I love meeting West Coast small business owners,” he said. “They’re incredibly passionate about their businesses, their communities, and the role they play in both as business owners.”

Whether you’re already in business, or are just starting out, is a great resource. Free tools on the website include ONECheck, which helps you choose a business name, and the new ‘Choose Business Structure’ tool, which helps you decide the best structure for your business.

You can also use the free business plan templates, employment agreement builder, workplace policy builders, and a wide range of other tools, information and resources to help your business succeed.

Westport-based videographer Daimon Schwalger from Nomad Audio & Video attended the small business roadshow. “ is a great source of information,” he said. “It has some really good resources and tools for starting and running a small business.”

All the information on the website is written jargon free, in plain English.

Terence Amies from T A Painting says the website has “good information to keep small businesses going.” 

“ is designed to save you time and help you make the best decisions for your business. Every business is different – we know the challenges a business on the West Coast faces aren’t necessarily the same as what businesses in Christchurch face – so right now we’re working to personalise the information we give business owners according to their region and industry,” said Janse van Rensburg. “This is only the beginning. Watch this space.”

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2018 10 03 Making business easier