Southland Business Owner Academy

Growing Southland Business

Following the success of the Southland Leadership Academy, the Southland Business Chamber is introducing the Business Owners Academy – a capability development solution for Southland Business Owners. 

This is a practical three-month academy for business owners – where you will have the opportunity to learn new business skills, network and redesign your business for the future. 

The academy is delivered in partnership with Icehouse. The Icehouse exists to help grow the engine room of the New Zealand economy – our SME businesses. They do this by accelerating the capability development of its business owners and leaders throughout all industries, all across the country with their dedicated Kiwi business focused programmes and workshops.

The Business Owner Academy will provide a unique learning environment for owners of Southland businesses. 

Learn new skills including:

  • Deciding where your business will operate and how you will win in the future
  • Driving growth from the top – Leadership, Mindset & Resilience
  • Building a high performing team and culture in your business
  • Transforming how your business wins sales and why customers choose you
  • Generating growth through digital / social media channels
  • Understanding of accounting and finance principles
  • Build a Business Growth Plan to keep you focussed. 
What will be covered in this programme:
  • Improving leadership, communication and management skills
  • Driving growth from the top and through digital channels
  • Develop tools for your mindset and personal resilience
  • Prepare to exit or sell the business.  


Chris Hughes Testimonial
I found the training I received from The Icehouse to be the most influential, informative and practical in the way that it has developed me as a leader, business owner and governance professional. They have a huge range of resources and a highly experienced team to draw on and the delivery of the content uses real life examples which you can apply to your own business. One of the biggest things I gained from The Icehouse courses was confidence - after spending time and talking to my Icehouse peers I realised that business owners don’t have to be isolated and I’m not on my own on this journey. I have a network of other owners that I can draw on if I need to and that nothing is insurmountable if you know where to look for help.
Chris Hughes
Michael Tither Testimonial
For me, doing The Icehouse Owner Manager Programme (OMP) was a big decision, primarily around the two factors of both funding it and the time away. We have always been a high growth business, so surplus time and cash are not really a thing. However, to date, doing OMP is possibly one of the best decisions I have made in the business. The learnings are invaluable, not because of the content - but due to how it is delivered and the people that are sitting next to you - it gives you time every month to immerse yourself with people that are on the same journey with the same problems, all with a different lens that you can learn from. The outcome from completing the OMP for me has been losing the haste and re-activeness by working on the foundations of the business. I am a big fan!
Michael Tither
The Plant Store