Year: 2022

Free Digital Business Training – Apply Now

Free Digital Business Training – Apply Now

4 July 2022

We have an opportunity for small business owners and sole traders to improve their digital skills. Under the new Digital Facilitation Scheme, the Southland Business Chamber can provide small businesses additional support and encouragement to adopt and practically use the Digital Boost Platform. The scheme is targeted towards small businesses who are in the initial stages […]

South Island named best place in the world for Americans to visit in 2022

South Island named best place in the world for Americans to visit in 2022

9 June 2022

The South Island has topped a list of the world’s best places to visit in 2022, beating out the likes of Paris, Rome and Tokyo.

Southland Chamber: Businesses feeling a lot more positive

Southland Chamber: Businesses feeling a lot more positive

9 June 2022

Business confidence in Southland seems to have spiked, but staffing remains a significant problem. The Southland Business Chamber has released findings from its fourth business confidence survey, which was for the quarter ending May 2022.

Fiordland businesses missing out on e-bike ‘boom’

Fiordland businesses missing out on e-bike ‘boom’

9 June 2022

Businesses say they are missing out on thousands of dollars in the e-bike tourism “boom” because of a five-year delay in reviewing the Fiordland National Park Management Plan.

Business Confidence survey

Business Confidence survey

3 June 2022

The Southland Business Chamber has conducted it’s fourth Southland Business Confidence survey, for the quarter ending May 2022. 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, […]

Major industrial development flagged for Awarua ‘unlike anything seen in New Zealand’

Major industrial development flagged for Awarua ‘unlike anything seen in New Zealand’

2 June 2022

Awarua near Invercargill is poised to be the site of one of Australasia’s largest industrial projects, following the acquisition of 513ha of land by property and construction firm Calder Stewart.

Staff wanted: Fiordland gears up for tourism boom

Staff wanted: Fiordland gears up for tourism boom

1 June 2022

Each year co-owner Nathan Benfell used to empty the map ready for the next tourists to record where they hailed from. Covid-19 halted international tourists in 2020 and that had a devastating impact on Fiordland businesses.

Labour shortage solution high on firms’ wish lists

Labour shortage solution high on firms’ wish lists

17 May 2022

Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sheree Carey said Southland’s economic growth had been "stumped" by the labour shortage.

Income Insurance Scheme could be ‘straw that breaks the camel’s back’ for businesses

Income Insurance Scheme could be ‘straw that breaks the camel’s back’ for businesses

15 May 2022

Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sheree Carey said the proposed New Zealand Income Insurance Scheme and its associated levies would come at a time when businesses could least afford it.

Struggling businesses to receive support if Tiwai Point smelter closes

Struggling businesses to receive support if Tiwai Point smelter closes

13 May 2022

Chamber chief executive Sheree Carey said the research was still at its data collection stage, and it had hired Hannan Consulting to speak to Tier 1 businesses connected to Tiwai.

Southland themed Monopoly board game

Southland themed Monopoly board game

6 May 2022

Southland is getting its own version of Monopoly, to be released in time for Christmas. The Southland Business Chamber is creating this special limited edition board game as a way to promote our region, and support our community in an innovative, fun and entertaining way. The Chamber is not lifting the lid on the details […]

Southland Business Chamber Submission on ICC Annual Plan

Southland Business Chamber Submission on ICC Annual Plan

26 April 2022

This submission outlines views of The Southland Business Chamber Board, Management team and our members’ on the following: Plans for the Te Unua Museum Redevelopment The proposed change to reserve status for Tisbury Reserve to enable storage for the Museum project to proceed 2022/2023 Fees and Charges, and The Annual Plan View the full Submission […]

Southland Business Chamber Submission on proposed NZ Income Insurance Scheme

Southland Business Chamber Submission on proposed NZ Income Insurance Scheme

22 April 2022

The Southland Business Chamber Board, management team and our members do not support the implementation of A New Zealand Income Insurance Scheme. In our view now is not the right time to have the conversation around another cost to business owners. The scheme comes at a time when businesses can least afford additional costs following […]

Changes to the traffic light system

Changes to the traffic light system

23 March 2022

At 11:59pm on Friday 25 March 2022, our traffic light system is changing.

Inflation main area of concern for businesses

Inflation main area of concern for businesses

21 March 2022

WITH a pandemic and international conflicts playing out, the “biggest villain” for Southland businesses for the next six months will be inflation, the Southland Business Chamber chief executive says.

Border reopening: ‘It’s like unwrapping a present’ business leader says

Border reopening: ‘It’s like unwrapping a present’ business leader says

17 March 2022

Wings and Water Te Anau chief executive Kylie Krippner said there was a buzz in Te Anau and everyone was talking about the news. Apart from the businesses benefits, people waiting to see family aboard were “ecstatic,” she said. The business would need to spend some money on maintenance for the planes it had mothballed, but Krippner said she now had assurance that the aircraft would be working.

Government reopens New Zealand for tourism

Government reopens New Zealand for tourism

16 March 2022

The Government is bringing forward the date for opening the border to tourists in time for the Australian school holidays, in a move that will help accelerate the economic recovery from COVID-19, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

Inflation the ‘biggest villain’ for Southern businesses

Inflation the ‘biggest villain’ for Southern businesses

14 March 2022

With a pandemic and international conflicts playing out, the “biggest villain” for Southland’s businesses for the next six months will be inflation, the Southland Business Chamber chief executive says. The chamber this week released the findings of a confidence survey for the quarter ending February 2022. It was carried out with its 590 members and […]

Business Confidence Survey

Business Confidence Survey

2 March 2022

The Southland Business Chamber has conducted it’s third Southland Business Confidence survey, for the quarter ending February 2022. 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, […]

New financial support for businesses

New financial support for businesses

24 February 2022

On 21 February 2022, a new targeted COVID-19 Support Payment (CSP) was announced for businesses struggling with revenue during the Omicron outbreak. The CSP is a payment to help support viable and ongoing businesses or organisations which have experienced a 40% or more drop in revenue as a result of 1 or more of the […]

New financial support for businesses affected by Omicron

New financial support for businesses affected by Omicron

21 February 2022

A new targeted COVID Support Payment will be made available for businesses struggling with revenue during the Omicron outbreak.

Hospitality boss ‘frustrated’ with coronavirus messaging

Hospitality boss ‘frustrated’ with coronavirus messaging

17 February 2022

Southland chamber chief executive Sheree Carey said the Government should allow all businesses to have rapid antigen tests for workers, not just those deemed as critical.

Tiwai time extension toasted in Southland but Govt wary

Tiwai time extension toasted in Southland but Govt wary

9 February 2022

Southland Business Chamber president and Just Transition oversight group co-chairman Neil McAra said it was a positive move for the region, but highlighted the Just Transition governance group would continue to explore another ways to diversify the region’s economy.

On board with regional pride

On board with regional pride

3 February 2022

“The best New Zealand region to live, work and play is being immortalised in Southland Monopoly.”

Release of the Southland Just Transition Work Plan

Release of the Southland Just Transition Work Plan

2 February 2022

The Just Transitions Partnership team at the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), on behalf of the Southland just transition Enduring Oversight Group (EOG) are pleased to announce the launch of the Southland Just Transition Work Plan. Click here for a letter from the Hon Dr Megan Woods, Minister for Energy and Minister for […]

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