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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 […]

Expression of Interest: Business Transition Research Project

Expression of Interest: Business Transition Research Project

1 February 2022

We are calling for expressions of interest from individuals or businesses to work alongside The Southland Business Chamber to undertake a Business Transition Research Project.

WATCH PARTY – Southland Business Excellence Awards

WATCH PARTY – Southland Business Excellence Awards

26 January 2022

The Southland Business Excellence Awards evening is a showcase and celebration of the success of our local businesses and business people – however you define success. Whether it’s growing your business, taking pride in your team culture, or innovating to make the most of a new market opportunity, we want to shine the spotlight on those […]

Have Your Say. City Block Consultation

Have Your Say. City Block Consultation

17 January 2022

The Southland Business Chamber is currently surveying our membership asking for feedback on funding for the City Block and City Streets Upgrade Stage 2.

Chamber Christmas Hours

Chamber Christmas Hours

22 December 2021

Our offices will be closed from:Thursday 23 December 2021 to Friday 14 January 2022 We will be re-opening on:Monday 17 January 2022 Export Documentation will be done remotely during this period.Any enquires to office@southlandchamber.co.nz Have a safe and relaxing break.

Applications to be part of Southland Monopoly are open!

Applications to be part of Southland Monopoly are open!

21 December 2021

The Southland Business Chamber is creating this special edition board game as a way to promote our region, and support our members' in a fun and entertaining way. While it's impossible to feature everything Southland has to offer, contact us today to discuss advertising opportunities.

Southland Newcomer Leadership Scholarship

Southland Newcomer Leadership Scholarship

20 December 2021

Invercargill City Council, Southland District Council, and Gore District Council have identified that there is an opportunity for newcomers to hold leadership positions within Southland’s business, community and not-for-profit sectors. The Southland Newcomer Leadership Scholarship is a contestable fund whereby eligible applicants can apply to access funding to enable them to participate in the Southland […]

Invercargill business pays it forward

Invercargill business pays it forward

17 December 2021

Jo of the Southland Business Chamber was one of the recipients of the scheme. She received free sushi from Bonsai Sushi in Esk Street, Invercargill. She said the idea was “wonderful”. “It was a very nice surprise and a very nice gesture. A great initiative by Mee & Henry Lawyers,” she said.

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