Whatever stage your business is at, whether it is a start-up or a well-established firm wanting to extend its export capability, DWC's business development managers are your first port of call.

Highly knowledgeable with extensive networks throughout the region, they can provide you with advice and point you in the right direction. They will know where to find expertise and support and where to locate technical or commercial personnel who can help you with your business and assist your company to grow.

Dave Lynch

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DDI
03 769 7027

David Grant

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DDI
03 769 7020

Fiona Hill

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DDI
03 769 7023


Award-winning butchery expands


Thomson Butchery was established 16 years ago by Neville and Lynley Thomson following the cessation of native forestry logging in New Zealand.

“When looking for employment in and around Hari Hari – there was nothing available,” Neville says.

Now Neville and Lynley are creating employment themselves with their award-winning butchery.

Initially starting as a small home-kill service, Thomson Butchery quickly grew into a significant business. Following requests to supply Fresh Choice, SuperValue and New World supermarkets across the South Island, Thomson’s contacted DWC to assist with finance to extend the existing building and employ additional staff to meet the increase in production.

“Having support from DWC has allowed us to grow our business and create new jobs in the area,” Neville says.

Being a fourth-generation butcher, Neville takes pride in the traditional methods of processing that have been passed down through the generations.

Neville and Lynley’s hard work and passion were evident when Thomson Butchery took part in the 2018 New Zealand Pork, Bacon and Ham Awards in Auckland. They were the proud recipients of gold awards for both their manuka smoked honey dew collar bacon and middle bacon.

This adds to their growing trophy cabinet. In 2017 they took home gold for their collar bacon and in 2016 they received silver for their streaky bacon and bronze for their dry cured bacon with cloves.

Despite the growing accolades and ever-increasing customers across New Zealand, Neville and Lynley choose to keep their business on the West Coast.

“Why live anywhere else? We have a million-dollar lifestyle here in Hari Hari and can still do business with the rest of the country. We have freight companies coming to our door, and courier companies who can send anywhere in New Zealand in 24 hours,” Neville says.

Try some of Thomson Butchery’s award-winning bacon from a local supermarket or order online at www.thomsonbutchery.co.nz

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New premises keeps warehousing operation on the Coast

 

Westland Workgear has recently opened a new purpose-built premise in Greymouth. Commercial finance from DWC has helped the company build the 1200 square metre building, enabling them to keep their warehousing operation on the West Coast.

Owner and director Lewis Simpkin said their original premises served them well, but became a constraint to growth, especially due to the lack of warehouse space and facilities for their expanding workforce – which has grown from two to 16 staff.

“We were faced with the option of getting a bigger premise in Greymouth or splitting off our warehousing operation and locating it in another centre (e.g. Christchurch), and retaining our original retail premises in Greymouth,” says Lewis.

Westland Workgear pursued the option of keeping the operation together in one larger building in Greymouth. Unable to find a suitable existing building they looked into building their own.

“Early on in the process contact was made with DWC and maintained through the whole project. We found the staff to be knowledgeable and helpful and very keen to help keep our entire operation on the West Coast,” Lewis says.

“We found banks were very wary about funding a development project due to their fear of the risk of significant cost over-runs. At this point we applied to DWC for a loan to cover the build.

“We wish to express our sincere thanks to DWC for their support and encourage ongoing cooperation with other West Coast businesses to keep our region going forward,” he adds.

From their new building Westland Workgear can now offer a nationwide service - all from the West Coast.

Westland Workgear


 

Feedback and Complaints

Development West Coast welcomes your feedback on any matters, whether you wish to provide feedback on our website content, seek clarification or more information on a particular project or service, or whether you wish to make an enquiry or complaint about our financial service.

If you have general feedback to provide or wish to make a general enquiry about DWC and its services, please click here to go to our general form, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 0800 768 0140. Our staff will be only too pleased to assist and direct you to the right people. Complaint in relation to Financial Services provided by DWC

If you have a specific complaint in relation to a financial service you have received from DWC (eg, business financing), your first point of contact should be with your account manager at DWC. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, then your next step is to email our Complaints Committee on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you are still not 100% satisfied that your complaint has been addressed fully, then your next step is to contact DWC's external dispute resolution scheme, Financial Services Complaints Ltd (FSCL). Click here to go the FSCL website for more information.

While we are happy to receive verbal complaints, we do encourage you to make complaints in writing, and if possible, on the formal "Complaint Form" to ensure your complaint can be dealt with as efficiently as possible.

Complaints Process

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Development West Coast (DWC) can provide a range of commercial financing options to West Coast businesses, including lending and even direct equity investment in some cases.

Businesses considering approaching DWC for a loan or investment capital must demonstrate that they meet the objects of the Deed to promote sustainable employment or generate economic benefit to the West Coast region. 

DWC expects applicants to contribute an appropriate level of equity and demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to their project.  Similar to a bank, DWC also seeks appropriate security against any facilities. 

Commercial Finance Pamphlet

Commercial Finance Application Form

 


Criteria and process

DWC is specifically excluded from investing in local and central government infrastructure, and cannot provide grants to businesses or to any organisation that may affect DWC's charitable status.

It is the applicant's responsibility to provide adequate information to allow DWC to make an informed decision in respect to the viability of any proposal. It is recommended that where appropriate applicants seek the assistance of their advisors i.e. accountant / legal adviser etc.


Application process

  1. Initial discussions with a DWC Business Development Manager.
  2. Applicant prepares a "Statement of Intent"for consideration by DWC Management.
  3. Management provides feedback on the proposal.

To minimise the possibility of incurring significant expenditure on a full application, which may be rejected, the "Letter of Intent" allows applicants to gain feedback from management around their proposal. Managements' response on any proposal is not a decision and the applicant must decide whether to proceed with a full commercial application or not.

  1. The applicant decides to;

                              (i) Proceed with a commercial application, or

                              (ii) Not proceed.

                     2.  The applicant lodges a commercial application with Development West Coast.


Applications requesting up to $250,000

(Some applications in this category may be considered under delegated authority by the CEO if the request is under $100,000).

  1. The application is assessed by Development West Coast management.
  2. Management may seek Advisory Body input.
  3. Management provide a recommendation to Development West Coast Trustees.
  4. Trustees decide to:

                            (i) Approve the application, or

                            (ii) Decline the application.

                      5.   Applicant advised of Trustee decision.


Applications requesting $250,000 and above; 

  1. The application is assessed by DWC management.
  2. The application along with Managements' comments and recommendations is considered by the Advisory Body.
  3. The Advisory Body provide a recommendation to DWC Trustees
  4. Trustees decide to:

                            (i) Approve the application, or

                            (ii) Decline the application.

                     5.   Applicant advised of Trustee decision.

Development West Coast will not provide any commentary around applications that are declined.

Advisory Body and Trustee meetings are held monthly. Therefore a realistic time frame for consideration of commercial applications is around 8 to 10 weeks.


COMMERCIAL LENDING 

Whatever stage your business is at, whether it is a start-up or a well-established firm wanting to extend its export capability our business development managers are your first port of call.

Highly knowledgeable experts with extensive networks throughout the region, they can provide you with advice and point you in the right direction. They will know where to find expertise and support and where to locate technical or commercial personnel who can help you with your business and assist your company to grow.

Dave Lynch

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
DDI
03 769 7027

David Grant

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
DDI
03 769 7020

Fiona Hill

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
DDI
03 769 7023

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Development West Coast is specifically excluded from investing in local and central government infrastructure, and cannot provide grants to businesses or to any organisation that may affect DWC's charitable status.

It is the applicant's responsibility to provide adequate information to allow Development West Coast to make an informed decision in respect to the viability of any proposal. It is recommended that where appropriate applicants seek the assistance of their advisors i.e. accountant / legal adviser etc. 

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Application process

  1. Initial discussions with a DWC Business Development Manager.
  2. Applicant prepares a "Statement of Intent"  for consideration by DWC Management.
  3. Management provides feedback on the proposal.

To minimise the possibility of incurring significant expenditure on a full application, which may be rejected, the "Letter of Intent" allows applicants to gain feedback from management around their proposal. Managements' response on any proposal is not a decision and the applicant must decide whether to proceed with a full commercial application or not.

  1. The applicant decides to;

                              (i) Proceed with a commercial application, or

                              (ii) Not proceed.

                     2.  The applicant lodges a commercial application with Development West Coast.

Applications requesting up to $250,000

(Some applications in this category may be considered under delegated authority by the CEO if the request is under $100,000).

  1. The application is assessed by Development West Coast management.
  2. Management may seek Advisory Body input.
  3. Management provide a recommendation to Development West Coast Trustees.
  4. Trustees decide to:

                            (i) Approve the application, or

                            (ii) Decline the application.

                      5.   Applicant advised of Trustee decision.

Applications requesting $250,000 and above; 

  1. The application is assessed by DWC management.
  2. The application along with Managements' comments and recommendations is considered by the Advisory Body.
  3. The Advisory Body provide a recommendation to DWC Trustees
  4. Trustees decide to:

                            (i) Approve the application, or

                            (ii) Decline the application.

                     5.   Applicant advised of Trustee decision.

Development West Coast will not provide any commentary around applications that are declined.

Advisory Body and Trustee meetings are held monthly. Therefore a realistic time frame for consideration of commercial applications is around 8 to 10 weeks.