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Regional Business Partners

Otago Regional Business Partners

Looking to start, grow or develop your business?

We’ll connect you with the right people, information and resources to support your next steps.

Otago Regional Business Partners is one of the 14 regional growth agencies that make up the Regional Business Partner Network.

As our name suggests, we service the Otago region, and our contract is held by Business South Inc.

It is our goal to be the one-stop shop for small to medium Otago businesses to connect to the right advice, the right people, and the right resources. Working together, we want to help your business survive, revive, and thrive.

This is what we are good at.


Otago Growth Advisors


Otago Businesses Supported


Provided to Otago Businesses This Year*

*Since September 2021

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Access tailored support to get ahead.

Once you've registered with us, we’ll match you with a local Growth Advisor who will help you take a birds-eye view of your whole business.

From there, we’ll connect you to the right people, resources and funding support to help you and your business to thrive.

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About Regional Business Partners

The Regional Business Partner Network is made up of 14 regional growth agencies funded by the New Zealand government to strengthen business.

Find out more about the Regional Business Partner Network on their website.

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“You and your RBP team are my superheroes! Thank you so much for this support. Without it, the picture is grim. Knowing where to focus my efforts and dollar in marketing is going to be so critical to survive now, and thrive past this. I am so incredibly grateful!"

Lisa Carnie, Pelvic Solutions

Type Of Support

Research and Development

Research and Development

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Business Mentors

Business Mentors

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Funding and Grants

Funding and Grants

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Tourism Support

Tourism Support

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2023 Budget Update

We share the key aspects from the 2023 budget announcements.

Mike Collins' Business Update

Mike Collins was part of the Dunedin City Council’s Annual Plan submission process, where he provided a voice for Dunedin’s businesses. You can watch Mike’s business update video to hear about the key messages he delivered to Council.


Quarterly Southern Business Survey Results: February 2023

Strengths and challenges identified in first Quarterly Southern Business Survey for 2023.

Resource Management Reform

What does the Government's reform of the Resource Management Act (RMA) mean for our members and small businesses?

The Government is currently calling for submissions to the Environment Committee on the National and Built Environment (NBE) Bill and Spatial Planning (SP). We invite you to this webinar presented by Maree Baker-Galloway – Partner, Anderson Lloyd who specialises in environmental and planning law, specifically the Resource Management Act 1991, Conservation Act 1987 and related legislation.

Fair Pay Agreements come into effect

On 1 December 2022 the Fair Pay Agreements came into effect, this means eligible unions can start the process to initiate a Fair Pay Agreement by applying to the Chief Executive of MBIE for approval to begin bargaining.

Expert advice a phone call away

AdviceLine is a free and exclusive member-only service offering unlimited calls to support you with all of your business, legal and human resources queries and concerns.



Member to member discounts

Business South members can access a range of discounts and savings thanks to special offers from their fellow members.

Advocating for immigration changes

At a time of record high employment, and a shortage of employees in most sectors and most regions of New Zealand, immigration is needed at all levels to meet skill shortages that are constraining economic growth.


New Business Payment Practices disclosure regime

The Government will introduce a new Business Payment Practices disclosure regime. We asked our Senior Solicitor, Ronda Tokona, to explain what this means for business.

Regional Business Case Study: 222 Photographic Studios

It’s no secret that the events market has been one of the hardest hit during covid times. Constant booking, postponement/cancellations for two years and counting.