Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sheree Carey called immigration uncertainty one of the biggest challenges to Southland businesses and the most complex. The chamber and others around the country had been lobbying for a resolution, she said.
Applications are now open for the government’s Business Advisory Support and Advice Implementation Grant. Great South is the lead agency for the delivery of the Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-set Plan in Southland. The plan includes three initiatives available to tourism businesses based within the Southland District Council rating area. Click here for all the details and […]
Nathan Benfell sometimes wakes at 4am thinking of ideas for his struggling bed and breakfast business. The Shakespeare House Bed & Breakfast in Te Anau was 98 per cent international visitors before the Covid-19 pandemic forced borders to shut. Benfell said he was already thinking outside the square to find a way forward for the […]
The Southland Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses to join a national call for more business support. The chamber has joined the National Chamber Network in petitioning the Government to extend its Resurgence Support Payment – a one-off payment designed to offer business support when alert levels are raised for more than seven days.
An Invercargill business owner says if it wasn’t for the Covid-19 Resurgence Support Payment she will struggle to restock her cafe. Tuatara Lodge co-owner Nicola McGilvray said the fund would probably cover about 20 per cent of expenses, but she still planned to apply for it. “To be honest, I think if we didn’t have that, we would be struggling to find the capital to even purchase our restocking stuff. “I was actually quite thankful because I was thinking what on earth are we going to do, there’s no money coming in, and we’ve got to buy all this stock,” she said.
A record number of businesses entered the Southland Business Excellence Awards, and the finalists have now been announced. Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sheree Carey said they were thrilled to have 141 applicants received over 11 categories.
Innovation, passion and resilience shown through the Covid-19 pandemic has been highlighted by the finalists for this year's Southland Business Excellence awards. Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer Sheree Carey said the quality of the finalists, announced on Wednesday, demonstrated the future of the business community was bright.
Three or four day level 4 restrictions are starting to frustrate Southland businesses. Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sheree Carey said: “I think people are getting frustrated because we're not getting any certainty, if we were like Auckland, and they said 'definitely, you're in it for two weeks', people would learn to live with that, they would know what financial assistance they needed to get them through.”
Christine Flynn had been back home in Winton for eight days, even opening her Mitre 10 store for extended hours, before she got the news. Flynn, her son, and an employee were considered close contacts and had to get themselves tested for Covid-19.
Some people in the Southland business community are cautious about dropping down Covid-19 alert levels too quickly. Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sheree Carey said a cautious approach was the best long-term option.
Both the Southland and Fiordland Regional Tourism Organisations received funding as part of the government’s Tourism Support, Recovery and Re-Set Plan. Great South looks after Southland’s two RTOs, Visit Southland and Visit Fiordland. The funding is allocated for an approved work programme aligning to priority areas and the funds are required to be spent within 12 […]
A record number of entries in this year's Southland Business Excellence Awards has shown businesses have not only survived the pandemic, but found ways to thrive.
Employ a tertiary student to undertake R&D fulltime this Summer and you could have it fully funded by Callaghan Innovation, via its R&D Experience Grants. Learn more including How can the grant help me? Who can apply? How do I find a student? Is there a limit to the grants funding? How does it work? […]
The Southland Business Chamber is delighted to announce that Nathan Benfell, Shakespeare House has been elected Chair of the inaugural Fiordland Business Association (FBA) Committee. The committee positions were contested by ten candidates. Inaugural committee members appointed include– Bronnie Chamberlain (West Range Station)– Cameron Davies (The Fat Duck)– Christine Wallace (Milford Sound Lodge & Fiordland […]
If you’re in manufacturing or residential construction, you might be eligible for an ACC subsidy to help pay for health and safety advice from a HASANZ-registered advisor. Who is eligible? Small to medium businesses (typically 6 to 99 employees) in specified sectors will be eligible for a relevant workplace injury prevention subsidy. Four subsidies are currently […]
From sick leave updates to new investment property rules, below are this year’s law changes all in one place including: Sick leave changes Minimum wage increase Tenancy Law Changes Healthy homes standards Vaping law changes Changes to consumer credit laws Investment property changes Click here for specific details on the above changes. Source: Business.govt.nz – […]
The Government has announced extensions to Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) visas, and changes to Essential Skills visas, which may affect some of your employees. Working holiday visas Working holiday visas that are expiring between 21 June 2021 and 31 December 2021 are being extended for a further six months. Visa holders […]
Chamber members are crying out for staff across all industries. Southland is competing with other regions for the same pool of people, and we need to pull together as a region to make Southland a destination of choice. While it’s been an issue for several years, Covid has intensified the challenges with the migrant workforce […]
On behalf of the Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru Business Network (KUMA), you are invited to take part in the Māori Business Awards 2021, which will be held at Friday 2 July at Elmwood Gardens in Murihiku / Invercargill from 5pm to 11pm. This awards night provides an opportunity for us all to come together, […]
Our Southland Business Excellence Awards are back and nominations are open! Before entries open in June, we want to hear about local businesses and organisations doing great things! They could be someone you work with, a supplier, a client, or even your friends and family. Know a deserving business? Nominate them! Do you know a […]
The Budget at a Glance is a high level summary of key initiatives funded in the Wellbeing Budget 2021, along with an overview of the Government’s wellbeing approach and the fiscal and economic outlooks as presented in the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update. The Budget Headlines WELLBEING BUDGET 2021: KEY HIGHLIGHTS Lifting weekly main benefit rates by between $32 and […]