Our Success Stories

Here are some of our success stories of local businesses helped by NELT loans.

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In November 2005 – after several years working for Nelson Tourism Services, I was given the opportunity to purchase the website based inbound travel business click-nz.com.

Click-nz.com organises and books mainly inbound travel and tourism products for clients from all over the world eg bookings for campervan and car hires, accommodation, activities and other transports like flights and ferry crossings as well as promoting activities in our beautiful Nelson Tasman Region

When it came to taking over click-nz.com I needed the resources to make this purchase. Nelson Enterprise Loan Trust happened to be in the same building as work and when I approached them asking for a loan they were very happy to assist!

The process to be granted a loan from Nelson Enterprise Loan Trust was surprisingly easy – the biggest and most difficult part was providing as sustainable business plan and a budget forecast.

I had already gained a Diploma in Tourism Management from NMIT (Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology) that had given me those skills.

I am forever grateful to Nelson Enterprise Loan Trust for believing in me and for giving me the opportunity to become self sufficient and independent and most of all to pursue my passion of travel and tourism in my everyday life !

To contact me for some expertise travel advise for Nelson or New Zealand use the phone or website link below.

– Heidi



I needed a loan to have a website developed and help with the associated costs of starting up a new business.

Having emigrated to Nelson from the UK in 2006 with my husband and three children, we understood what it was like trying to ‘piece your life together again’ in a place where you don’t know many people and have limited local knowledge.

We felt that a website combining links to a range of local and community information and relocation services would provide the perfect starting place for people considering relocating to the area.

After researching my business loan options I decided to apply to the Nelson Enterprise Loan Trust as my situation fitted in well with their lending criteria. Once I had provided the required information the process was pretty straightforward, it worked for me and is definitely an option worth consideration.

– Hilary

Ethical Investment
In The Nelson Region

Needing money for a business, a co-operative or community venture? If your business is based in the region covered by the Nelson City or Tasman District Council, the Nelson Enterprise Loan Trust may be able to help.

Nelson Enterprise Loan Trust has made hundreds of loans to enterprises and organisations like yours and in the process has contributed significantly to Nelson’s vibrant economy.

Worthwhile Investment

“Many worthwhile and successful small businesses have been supported by NELT and we were pleased to support this initiative.”

Liz Richards and Mary-Ellen O’Connor, former Trustees, Canterbury Community Trust


"NELT had a willingness to listen to applicant’s ideas and see their vision. There was not a time when there was an unhelpful answer or advice. Just a big thank you for the ongoing support for Willowfloral Design. Even in tough times, NELT has been a great Trust to deal with. Thank you."
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Sarah Hutt
"Straightforward and hassle free. Brilliant service. If I ever need another loan would come back to NELT without even thinking twice."
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Heidi Eberhart
Online Tourism
"NELT offers excellent service, very helpful offering flexibility and options and very good rates, better than the Bank."
Robert Fekete
"Dealing with one person that shows an understanding of the challenges facing a small business wanting to stay in Nelson. I feel without the support of his team I could not continue living and working in Nelson. I think my skills are an asset to the Nelson community and only NELT have recognised this and financially supported the development of my business, granting me loans thus allowing me to stay here. Bruce has always been persistent is telephoning me, to get answers to questions, I appreciate his dedication. I know others have told me I am hard to track down sometimes due to my heavy workload."
Jill Alexander
Madcat Design
"I have found that NELT have been very approachable and easy to deal with, far better than any Bank that I have dealt with in the past. I haven’t encountered any problems in my three years of dealing with NELT. I think it’s fantastic that we have a small business loan company that is locally owned and operated in Nelson…I have always resented giving money to banks and supporting their greed."
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Evolve Festival​
"NELT were very accommodating, easy to approach, prompt processing of application and satisfying outcome. It’s great to be able to borrow money for a business on a reduced interest rate compared to the banks or finance companies; it makes it possible to borrow to grow a business on a reduced income with few assets."
Viv Williams
Children’s Clothing