Business in Nelson

The Council is involved in many activities to promote and encourage a strong and diversified economy - one that provides employment and opportunity for Nelson residents and also meets good environmental practices.

The Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency (EDA)

The Council has delegated its main business development functions to the EDA, which the Council helped to establish in 2003. The EDA administers projects that foster economic development in Nelson city and, where outside funding is supplied, Tasman District. Visit the EDA website.

Workforce Development Strategy

The Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency (EDA) has managed the region's Work Force Development (WFD) Strategy since it was first developed in 2003.   The overall aim has been and continues to be, for the region to have appropriately skilled staff available for industry and business.Visit the EDA website to find out more about the workforce development strategy.

Nelson Tasman Regional Economic Development Strategy

The regional development strategy represents the "common ground" that has been identified as the way for this region to move forward and prosper. 

Uniquely Nelson

Nelson boasts more than 600 shops and businesses, cafes and restaurants. Uniquely Nelson runs promotions and events to support the Nelson retail and business community and also publishes an annual Nelson City Guide and a business directory on its website,

Nelson the destination

The region¹s two local councils support Nelson Tasman Tourism, a company marketing the entire region as a recreation destination.

Tourism strategy

Tourism is one of the Nelson Tasman region’s big four industries and the collaborative process currently underway will result in a 10-year tourism strategy for the region.

Employment initiatives

The Council is involved in a number of successful employment programmes assisting the long term unemployed back into the workforce.

Working for Council

Visit the Council's e-recruitment website.

Nelson Tasman Business Trust

Millers Acre Centre - Taha o te Awa
2 / 39 Halifax Street
PO Box 1278, Nelson
Ph: + 64 3 539 0824
Fx: + 64 3 539 0825

The Nelson Tasman Business Trust services are free, confidential and include:

  • Individual consultations with business owners/managers
  • Business Mentors New Zealand - mentoring from experienced business people
  • Company Rebuilder help from an experienced business executive
  • Talent Team Referrals for a one-off appointment with a business consultant
  • Training for people thinking about business or in the stages of starting up
  • Business Network meetings