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Southland Chamber of Commerce champions workplace wellbeing

Southland Chamber of Commerce champions workplace wellbeing

18 December 2020

2020 has been extremely challenging for many business owners, both financially and in terms of their mental wellbeing. The Southland Chamber of Commerce (SCOC) was already working with its 4,500 members to encourage workplace wellbeing within local businesses. During lockdown it galvanised this work with a series of regular wellbeing webinars designed to boost members’ […]

Keeping this Glorious Place Glorious

Keeping this Glorious Place Glorious

9 December 2020

Sitting in my office in Esk Street, the noise of the construction site across the road and the hustle and bustle of Christmas shoppers reminds me that we’re okay. The predicted doom and gloom of 5000 unemployed for our region and businesses closing down left, right and centre hasn’t happened and we’re just getting on […]

Te Anau needs people: both visitors and staff

Te Anau needs people: both visitors and staff

27 November 2020

With the holiday season fast approaching some Fiordland business are facing yet another Covid 19-created obstacle. Summer is expected to bring a “short, sharp” boost of income for tourist-dependent Te Anau, but restaurateurs are concerned they won’t have enough staff to take advantage of the windfall. This year, the region has already weathered the literal storm […]

Strong interest in proposed business association

Strong interest in proposed business association

19 November 2020

A lack of tourist income into Fiordland has prompted the local community to seek survival methods ahead of what may prove to be a hard winter. Organised by Southland District Council deputy mayor Ebel Kremer, a public meeting held on Sunday in Te Anau was to gauge interest in the creation of a Fiordland Business […]

Fiordland businesses say they need more help to boost the economy

Fiordland businesses say they need more help to boost the economy

10 November 2020

A Fiordland Business Association is among the ideas being discussed to help rebuild the region’s struggling economy. Southland District Council deputy mayor and Te Anau resident Ebel Kremer said the idea had been raised in an ideas forum and was still very much in its beginning phase. He was hoping to “pull businesses together” for […]

Export Southland Awards Reimagined for 2020

Export Southland Awards Reimagined for 2020

12 August 2020

This year’s Southland Export Awards night will have an interesting new twist. In lieu of the traditional biennial September Export Southland Recognition Awards, which is facilitated by the Southland Chamber of Commerce, the trust felt it was more appropriate to have an evening of recognizing the trials and tribulations of a difficult year, due to […]

Tiwai Point smelter closure announcement devastating for Southland region

Tiwai Point smelter closure announcement devastating for Southland region

9 July 2020

The Tiwai Point aluminium smelter closure announcement is devastating news that will have significant and wide-ranging impacts on the region, Southland Chamber of Commerce President Neil McAra says.

COVID-19 Information and Support

COVID-19 Information and Support

24 June 2020

The Chamber is committed to connecting our region with the latest information and support services needed to get your business, and our community through the evolving impact of COVID-19.

SHAF Appoints Housing Champion

SHAF Appoints Housing Champion

27 March 2020

The Southland Housing Action Forum (SHAF) remains grateful for the support of its funders; Community Trust South, ILT, Southland Chamber of Commerce and SBS Bank, all of whom remain committed to supporting community projects such as SHAF.Support from these funders has helped make the vision of SHAF a reality by funding the appointment of Anna Stevens to the role of Housing Champion.

Employment support – Managing risks with COVID-19

Employment support – Managing risks with COVID-19

20 March 2020

As there is a lot of uncertainty and we have been fielding a lot of queries recently about COVID-19, with the assistance of Copeland Ashcroft Law, local health and safety and employment law specialists, we have set out some guidance below to manage the risks associated with COVID-19 and have answered some frequently asked questions.

Covid-19 – Update on Chamber Situation – WE’RE STILL HERE TO SUPPORT YOU

Covid-19 – Update on Chamber Situation – WE’RE STILL HERE TO SUPPORT YOU

19 March 2020

The Chamber team are all well and working from home in self-isolation as a precaution only. The advice from the Ministry of Health at this time is that unless you were in close contact with Neil you do not need to self-isolate. We’ve had a few concerned phone calls and can assure you that our offices have been thoroughly cleaned and we’ll be back in the arcade as soon as we’re able. In the meantime, we’re here to help and support Southland businesses through these unprecedented times.

Southland Chamber of Commerce Board Announced for 2019/20

Southland Chamber of Commerce Board Announced for 2019/20

10 April 2019

The Chamber is delighted to announce that Neil McAra, Findex and Rod Sinclair, Focus Technology Group will continue on as President and Vice President of the Chamber, having been re-elected unopposed. Southland Chamber of Commerce was established by likeminded local business leaders 156 years ago. Today, the Chamber is more relevant than ever. The Chamber […]

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