Year: 2021

Q&A with Hon Stuart Nash

Q&A with Hon Stuart Nash

13 October 2021

Conversation with Hon Stuart Nash, Minister of Tourism and Minister of Small and Medium Businesses. Auckland Chamber CEO Michael Barnett and a selection of Chamber CEO's, including our own Sheree Carey.

Jocelyn O’Donnell: Grasping every opportunity for Southland’s growth

Jocelyn O’Donnell: Grasping every opportunity for Southland’s growth

12 October 2021

Jocelyn O'Donnell is a finalist in the Southern Institute of Technology’s Business Personality category of this year’s Southland Business Excellence Awards.

Introducing Project Management – PRINCE2 Courses

Introducing Project Management – PRINCE2 Courses

8 October 2021

With an estimated $1 billion dollars worth of projects commencing or tendering in Southland, The Southland Business Chamber, in partnership with Project Results, is now offering the popular project management PRINCE2® courses.   Why PRINCE2 PRINCE2 wasn’t just made up, rather it is the collection of the knowledge of successful project managers. PRINCE2 gives you best practice advice on […]

Eco-friendly Fertiliser Business Growing Strong

Eco-friendly Fertiliser Business Growing Strong

7 October 2021

A group of Mount Aspiring College students have produced an Eco-friendly spray fertiliser for indoor plants, through the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) programme. The group of five Year 13 students have been successfully selling their fertiliser at the local Wanaka Artisan Market and also on their website https://sprout-tonic.mystorbie.com/ Made of three key ingredients – seaweed, tea […]

Southern Events Organisation Feels ‘let down’ in Alert Level 2

Southern Events Organisation Feels ‘let down’ in Alert Level 2

6 October 2021

Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sheree Carey says Monday's announcement did not provide clear guidelines, or respite, for the events industry. "Due to the lack of clarity around the new restrictions for hosting events, the Chamber had no alternative but to postpone the 2021 Southland Business Excellence Awards," she says. "It was extremely confusing and not helpful. We are obviously frustrated and disappointed."

New Date for Southland Business Excellence Awards

New Date for Southland Business Excellence Awards

5 October 2021

​We invite the Southland business community to join us at the 2021 Southland Business Excellence Awards evening to be held on Friday, 19 November at Bill Richardson Transport World, where we will recognise and celebrate the local businesses that make Murihiku Southland one of the leading regions for business. To learn more about the Southland Business Excellence Awards […]

Southland Leaders: Time to Get Out of Alert Level 2

Southland Leaders: Time to Get Out of Alert Level 2

3 October 2021

Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sheree Carey agreed any future level 1 should include some restrictions. “Given we haven’t had any Covid cases for more than 320 days we should be dropped down to a delta level 1, but with border restrictions in Auckland,” Carey said.

Invercargill teen pitches how to help mental health for Japanese youth

Invercargill teen pitches how to help mental health for Japanese youth

29 September 2021

An Invercargill teen’s business idea to help improve the mental health of Japanese youth is the New Zealand winner at the inaugural BizVenture Programme Southland Girls’ High School pupil Kaiah Sherriff, 17, along with four other Kiwi high schoolers won with their business concept of a sustainable clothing brand called 大丈夫, which means “It’s OK” […]

Tangaroa Walker: redefining the dairy industry through education

Tangaroa Walker: redefining the dairy industry through education

29 September 2021

Tangaroa is a finalist for the Southern Institute of Technology Business Personality award at the 2021 Southland Business Excellence awards.

Janice Lee: Shaking up the disability sector

Janice Lee: Shaking up the disability sector

27 September 2021

Janice is one of the three finalists in the Southland Business Excellence Awards under the Southern Institute of Technology Business Personality category.

Southland businesses support Fiordland

Southland businesses support Fiordland

27 September 2021

“We just want to help. And our members want to help,” she said, encouraging business to connect with the Chamber for any advice they may require in the future.

Five-day summit planned to help businesses

Five-day summit planned to help businesses

24 September 2021

Chamber project and engagement manager Joanne O’Connor said the Fiordland Business Support Summit had initially been planned to happen in a single day.

Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update

21 September 2021

Our team will work to keep the Southland Business Chamber online resources up-to-date, as and when we get information relevant to business.

Alert Level Changes Bring Little Relief to Southland

Alert Level Changes Bring Little Relief to Southland

20 September 2021

Southland Chamber of Commerce leaders would meet on Tuesday to decide the future of the Southland Business Excellence Awards scheduled for October 15. Chief executive Sheree Carey said even if Southland moved to alert level 1 in time, she anticipated Delta level 1 would include new guidelines for gatherings as opposed to the unlimited numbers allowed last year. Businesses were struggling to plan in the uncertain Delta environment, she said.

New marketing ideas to lift visitor numbers to Fiordland include permanently expanding daylight hours

New marketing ideas to lift visitor numbers to Fiordland include permanently expanding daylight hours

20 September 2021

Fiordland Business Association chairman Nathan Benfell said the region needed to be marketed as more than just Milford Sound. Doubtful Sound was a hidden jewel, about 12 times bigger than Milford Sound, for example, he said.

Introducing the Fiordland Business Support Summit

Introducing the Fiordland Business Support Summit

19 September 2021

With the support of Southland Chamber members, the Southland Business Chamber & Fiordland Business Association (FBA) bring you the Fiordland Business Support Summit. We invite all businesses to explore how to get through in the current environment. This five-day summit brings together local experts and experiences for an epic lineup of pop-up events; panels discussion, Q&A and networking, and more. Programme […]

Southland Event Organisers Anxiously Wait for Government Level Announcement

Southland Event Organisers Anxiously Wait for Government Level Announcement

17 September 2021

The Southland Chamber of Commerce is also hoping the South Island will move to alert level 1 next week ahead of its Southland Business Excellence Awards at Transport World in Invercargill on October 15. Chamber chief executive officer Sheree Carey said if Covid-19 restrictions prevented it from being held it would be rescheduled for November 19.

Exporter MIQ Allocation Pilot

Exporter MIQ Allocation Pilot

17 September 2021

The Government has announced an Exporter MIQ Allocation pilot, which will enable a small number of export representatives to gain access to MIQ places in November and December, to be administered by NZTE. This will allow 50 export representatives to secure MIQ places, 25 each in November and December, without having to go through the […]

15,000 Southland Jobs Supported by Wage Subsidy

15,000 Southland Jobs Supported by Wage Subsidy

15 September 2021

Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sheree Carey put Southland’s low reliance on the subsidy down to the region having the highest percentage of essential workers, with 27 per cent of its workforce continuing to work during lockdown. “We had more people working so not as many places were locked down to take the wage subsidy.”

Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) Update

Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) Update

10 September 2021

On Friday (10 September 2021) the Minister of Finance announced a second payment of the Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) for the Alert Level increase that started on 17 August 2021.

New Fiordland Business Association boss wants fast-tracked reviews

New Fiordland Business Association boss wants fast-tracked reviews

9 September 2021

Nathan Benfell is fairly confident that visitors will return to Fiordland, eventually. His job as the inaugural Fiordland Business Association chairman is to help business owners access support available to make sure they're still operating when that happens.

Torpedo7 store opening in Invercargill

Torpedo7 store opening in Invercargill

8 September 2021

Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sheree Carey welcomed news of Torpedo7 coming to Invercargill. ”It’s great to see new retailers coming to town rather than the movement of existing ones around the town. “And I hope it gives other retailers confidence that our economy, even during a pandemic, is still doing well, so we welcome them with open arms.”

Southland drops to alert level 2 as of Wednesday

Southland drops to alert level 2 as of Wednesday

7 September 2021

Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sheree Carey wanted more certainty from the Government, particularly so the events industry could plan further than one week ahead.

Auckland lockdown affecting Southland businesses

Auckland lockdown affecting Southland businesses

6 September 2021

Auckland’s lockdown is affecting a renowned Southland boat building business and many more in the south. Stabicraft chief executive David Glen said it needed various fittings from Auckland to finish their boats, but they would not arrive while Auckland remained in Alert Level 4.

Business Confidence Survey

Business Confidence Survey

2 September 2021

The Southland Business Chamber has conducted the first Southland Business Confidence survey, for the quarter ending August 2021. Your business experience and insights are essential to capture and include in the region’s assessment of our current business climate. The data and results we collect will provide vital information about the current economic climate in Southland, […]

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