Business South has been formed by the merger of two outstanding legacy organisations in the south – the Otago Chamber of Commerce (founded in 1861) and the Otago Southland Employers’ Association (founded in 1890).

Business South combines all the benefits of a fresh new organisation – energy, dynamism and opportunity – with the proven history of nearly 300 years’ worth of business support, expertise and representation here in the south.

This is a formidable combination – and one that allows us to provide enhanced benefits to our members, stakeholders and communities now and into the future.

The Business South region stretches from the southern banks of the Waitaki River all the way to Rakiura/Stewart Island, representing some of the best and brightest business this country has to offer.

As a Business South member, you have access to a wealth of tailored and specialist support, advocacy, business development and networking services. Please take advantage of the many services, benefits and supports available, many of which are outlined in this pack.

As your new southern business association, we believe a healthy business sector promotes the wellbeing of our local communities, families and environments. This is an exciting time to be part of Business South, as we build on our past
successes and look to grow a sustainable, prosperous future together.

Our Pillars

Networking and Leisure Events, Business Awards and Expos, Briefings, Roadshows & Forums,
Multi-level advocacy representation, Business NZ and National Chamber Partnerships, Sector Councils, Industry Groups
Workplace and Management Skills, Quals and Accreditation, Public; In-house; Not-for-profit; Online
Regional Business Partner and Mentorship, Export Documentation – Export NZ, Member Discounts
Legal Advice, documentation and compliance, Health and Safety, AdviceLine
4Trades Apprentices, Young Enterprise Scheme, Education to Employment, Workforce Central Dunedin

Our Pillars

Networking and Events


Training and Development

Business Support

Employment Relations

Workforce Development

Our Leadership Team

Our Fees

Our Networks

As a Business South member, you also join many valuable business networks
and partnerships. These include:

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Public Trust Building
442 Moray Place
level 3

192 Spey Street
03 479 0181