Business training

You can attend professional development training programmes from our multi-day Southland Leadership Academy, hour-long BNZ Biz Bites, to free online webinars.

BNZ Biz Bites

BNZ Biz Bites are hosted by the BNZ and the Chamber on the first Wednesday of each month in Invercargill, and on the second Wednesday of every second month in Eastern Southland.

The series offers an informal environment where you are invited to bring your lunch and listen to a topical speaker. The sessions are an ideal way to stay up-to-date on a multitude of valuable business topics such as strategy, marketing, team building, business technology, health and wellness, employer obligations, or central government legislative changes. 

Exclusive to Chamber members, BNZ Biz Bites are free to attend.

Southland Leadership Academy

Developing future Southland business leaders.  

The purpose of this programme, which is completed over multi-days, is to provide leaders with the opportunity to build leadership capabilities through their own personal development and by learning from the experience of others.  

Exclusive to Chamber members, the Leadership Academy is for people looking at developing their existing leadership experience and who have the potential for holding senior positions and governance roles. 

Business Capability Series

Bite-sized learning designed to support organisational success in Southland.  

The Chamber is partnering with our members to provide not for profit community organisations and local businesses with easy, and affordable access to bite-sized professional development workshops to ensure they are armed with best-practice knowledge and up-to-date techniques.

Wellbeing webinars

Monthly online wellbeing webinars are brought to our members free.

We have access to a wealth of presenters covering off topics in this space from financial wellbeing, preventing stress and burnout, nutrition, resilience in leadership, and workplace wellbeing.

Click here to read a recent article by Wellplace showcasing the workplace wellbeing initiatives the Chamber has developed for our community.

Project Management

A new initiative for 2022 is the introduction of the popular project management PRINCE2® courses including 

  • Foundation – Receive the full PRINCE2® curriculum and recognised qualification. This intensive three-day Foundation course is delivered through presentations, discussions, exercises and exam practice. 
  • Practitioner – The two-day Practitioner course follows the Foundation course and uses scenario-based training focusing on the application of PRINCE2 under different project environments and scenarios. 
PRINCE2® gives you best practice advice on how to kick your projects off, run them, deal with things that go wrong and close them down when it is time to finish. 

Westpac Smarts

The Southland Business Chamber together with Westpac are proud to deliver the Westpac Smarts speaker series. 

Westpac Smarts provides a regular opportunity for Southland businesses to gain access to expert knowledge from a variety of speakers across different industries and specialisations, and insight on a wide range of thought leadership topics.  

For our first Westpac Smarts event in November 2021 we welcomed Tony Laker, House of Travel Lakers.  

Westpac Smarts are free to attend.

Other training

You will be provided with the opportunity to attend a variety of other workshops and courses. These include Essentials of Leadership, Legacy Leadership, Time and Self Management, Performance Management, Communication Skills, Governance, Employee Wellbeing, Business Continuity Planning, plus many more. 

Click here to view our Training Calendar or contact us to discuss your business training needs.

Management Capability Development Voucher Fund

The Southland Chamber of Commerce offers services that are registered with the Management Capability Development Voucher Fund.

Small businesses may qualify for vouchers to help pay for services such as training workshops, courses and coaching that build the management capabilities of their owners, operators and key managers. To learn more contact a Business Growth Advisor at Great South or visit

Picture above.  Curio Bay – Southland – Credit Great South