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Southland businesses: ‘We have no clue what’s going to happen’

Southland businesses: ‘We have no clue what’s going to happen’

26 November 2021

Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer Sheree Carey said whilst the fast implementation had been a "headache", most businesses were glad they'd received some level of guidance. "Everybody has got broad advice, and for the anomalies that don't, specific sector advice will be coming next week," she said.

Tough summer expected for Fiordland as international border opening date set for April

Tough summer expected for Fiordland as international border opening date set for April

26 November 2021

Fiordland Business Association chair Nathan Benfell said the border announcement was “one step forward and two steps back”. International tourists historically accounted for about 80 per cent of Fiordland’s visitors, and tourism businesses had been anxiously awaiting a border re-opening date.

Vaccination Certificate policing has potential to be ‘absolute disaster’

Vaccination Certificate policing has potential to be ‘absolute disaster’

18 November 2021

Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sheree Carey said businesses were in limbo and there were concerns there would not be enough time to sort out staffing before the traffic light system was introduced.

Employment Lawyer: Roles, not Individuals can be Mandated

Employment Lawyer: Roles, not Individuals can be Mandated

15 November 2021

A Southland employment lawyer is encouraging businesses to do their own risk assessments before Government introduces a new process under public health legislation later this year.

Are you a member of your local Chamber of Commerce?

Are you a member of your local Chamber of Commerce?

12 November 2021

If I had a dollar for every time I have heard “work on your business, not in it” I would be a rich woman, well possibly not rich but I would have earned some coin. As any business owner can attest to, it is common to get stuck working in your business and not on […]

Pupil’s Idea Grows into Prize Winning Firm

Pupil’s Idea Grows into Prize Winning Firm

11 November 2021

This year’s winner of the Young Enterprise Scheme for Southland, Kaylin Goodall (16), is heading to the national competition next month to showcase his Sills hydroponic growing system.

Resurgence Support Payments Increased

Resurgence Support Payments Increased

3 November 2021

The amount and frequency of the Resurgence Support Payment is increasing from 12 November 2021 and will be available until Auckland moves into the new COVID-19 Protection Framework. The Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) is a payment to help support viable and ongoing businesses or organisations due to a COVID-19 alert level increase to Level 2 […]

Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Regional Final & 2021 Awards

Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Regional Final & 2021 Awards

2 November 2021

Today we celebrated the achievements of our talented Young Enterprise Trust (YES) students. Congratulations to all our finalists, The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise 2021 Southland Company of the Year, and all the Excellence Award winners.

Young Enterprise Regional Awards

Young Enterprise Regional Awards

27 October 2021

This year’s business students from throughout Southland prepare for the Southland Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Regional Final to be held on Tuesday, 2 November at Southern Institute of Technology.

Vaccine passports, mandatory vaccines on cards for Southland businesses

Vaccine passports, mandatory vaccines on cards for Southland businesses

26 October 2021

Chamber chief executive officer Sheree Carey said that once vaccine certificates were introduced it would be up to each individual business to decide if they are going to serve unvaccinated patrons or not.

Government considering different settings for unvaccinated in new framework

Government considering different settings for unvaccinated in new framework

19 October 2021

Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer Sheree Carey said until the vaccine passport and restrictions around it were officially announced it was difficult for businesses to plan what decision they would make. “A lot of businesses aren’t making money under level 2, so they won’t have a choice, they’ll have to go vaccination only to be able to make money,” she said. “There’s some big decisions to come, it’s just that we’re kind of sitting in limbo at the moment waiting for them to decide to start the work.”

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.

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