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Migrant Exodus in Southland Likely with Uncertainty Over Visas

Migrant Exodus in Southland Likely with Uncertainty Over Visas

1 September 2021

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.

Funding Now Available for Southland District (Fiordland) Tourism Businesses

Funding Now Available for Southland District (Fiordland) Tourism Businesses

1 September 2021

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 […]

Money for Southland Tourism Businesses a ‘God-send’

Money for Southland Tourism Businesses a ‘God-send’

31 August 2021

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 […]

Covid-19: Southland Chamber joins National Call for Business Support

Covid-19: Southland Chamber joins National Call for Business Support

30 August 2021

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.

Southland Businesses Thankful for Resurgence Support Payment

Southland Businesses Thankful for Resurgence Support Payment

29 August 2021

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.

Huge Diversity Across Business Awards

Huge Diversity Across Business Awards

26 August 2021

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.

Southland Businesses Celebrate Excellence Through Pandemic

Southland Businesses Celebrate Excellence Through Pandemic

26 August 2021

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.

Southland Chamber of Commerce Frustrated at Lack of Lockdown Clarity

Southland Chamber of Commerce Frustrated at Lack of Lockdown Clarity

24 August 2021

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.”

Covid-19: Business Owner’s Devastation After Becoming a Close Contact

Covid-19: Business Owner’s Devastation After Becoming a Close Contact

23 August 2021

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.

Southland Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Cautious of Drop in Alert Levels

Southland Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Cautious of Drop in Alert Levels

22 August 2021

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.

$1.7 million to be Spent on Southland-wide Tourism in Next 12 Months

$1.7 million to be Spent on Southland-wide Tourism in Next 12 Months

17 August 2021

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 […]

Southland Resiliency Leads to Record Entries for Business Awards

Southland Resiliency Leads to Record Entries for Business Awards

12 August 2021

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.

Callaghan R&D Experience Grants – Applications Open

Callaghan R&D Experience Grants – Applications Open

6 August 2021

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? […]

Southland Eyed Up for Hydrogen Production

Southland Eyed Up for Hydrogen Production

6 August 2021

Momentum is building as Southland is eyed up by multinational companies as a potential centre for hydrogen production. Read more in an Otago Daily Times interview with Great South strategic projects general manager Steve Canny.

Milford Opportunities Masterplan Launched

Milford Opportunities Masterplan Launched

5 August 2021

The Milford Opportunities Project Masterplan was launched in Te Anau last week, with bold plans that will be transformational for the whole region. Watch the video and read more here

Fiordland Business Association Announces Inaugural Committee

Fiordland Business Association Announces Inaugural Committee

26 July 2021

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 […]

Workplace Injury Prevention Subsidies

Workplace Injury Prevention Subsidies

20 July 2021

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 […]

2021 Law Changes Round-Up

2021 Law Changes Round-Up

20 July 2021

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 – […]

Z Business Partner

Z Business Partner

11 July 2021

Sign up for a Z Business Partner for Southland Chamber of Commerce fuel card and receive your choice of 250 Flybuys or 50 Airpoints Dollars™, along with everyday discounts and rewards. Use promo code CHAMBERSTH. Ends 20 August 2021. Full articleTerms and Conditions

Visa extensions and visa conditions

Visa extensions and visa conditions

11 June 2021

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 […]

Workforce attraction and retention issues have taken on a whole new complexion post-Covid.

Workforce attraction and retention issues have taken on a whole new complexion post-Covid.

9 June 2021

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 […]

He Tohu Maumaraha ki a – Suzanne Spencer Māori Business Awards 2021

He Tohu Maumaraha ki a – Suzanne Spencer Māori Business Awards 2021

3 June 2021

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, […]

Invercargill ‘Neat Places’ featured

Invercargill ‘Neat Places’ featured

3 June 2021

Great South has commissioned the marketing platform Neat Places to create a pocket guide featuring Invercargill’s ‘neat places’, with everything from eateries to unique stores included.  Pick up a guide in the city or view the listings online here.

Recognising and celebrating the brilliance of local business

Recognising and celebrating the brilliance of local business

24 May 2021

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 […]

Budget 2021

Budget 2021

20 May 2021

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 […]

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