About us

The Nelson Tasman Business Trust (NTBT) was established in 1993 as an independent, non-profit organisation, to provide free assistance and advice to both start up and existing businesses in the Nelson Tasman region. Talk to us if you would like a free consultation and business advisory, to be matched to a mentor, or are keen to connect to training and networking opportunities.

What we do

Each year through NTBT:

  • 75+ businesses are matched to a mentor
  • 300+ businesses receive a free and confidential consultation
  • 570+ business owners attend training and networking meetings
  • 530+ referrals to access further support
  • Hundreds of thousands of dollars of in-kind contributions are made to the local economy

The Trust receives excellent levels of satisfaction and recommendation from client surveys.

                                 Rasam & Sarah from the Business Trust


Sarah Holmes, Trust Manager, Business Mentor Manager

Rasam Moghimi, Business Development Manager


"This team is the best and any new business in Nelson not using their services is missing out on huge potential for advice, guidance and support."

P. Jamieson, Nelson


Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees are:

  • Robert Panzer (Chairman)
  • Laura Loghry
  • Nigel Teal
  • Sacha MacDonald
  • Wayne Jackson
  • Amy O'Malley
  • Cr Judene Edgar (Council Liaison, Nelson City Council)
  • Cr Kit Maling (Council Liaison, Tasman District Council)

Commercial sponsors


Community Sponsors


NZ Partners


Local Supporters