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The world is ever-changing.

Keep up-to-date with the latest business news, industry developments, successes, submissions and media releases.

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Otago wins Young Enterprise Scheme Company of the Year

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) finals were held in Wellington on December 6, and the 21 regional champions and wildcard winner pitched to a panel of judges.

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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.

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Oritain Global named Supreme Grand Business of the Year

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists at this year’s The Grand Business South Awards, especially Supreme Grand Business of the Year, Oritain Global Limited!

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Fair Pay Agreements - information and support

BusinessNZ will not be the default negotiator for Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs) but will provide assistance to employers who are required to negotiate an FPA with unions. As part of the network, Business South will provide resources to help employers.


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Resource Management Act reforms

Proposed new legislation to replace the Resource Management Act has been given its first reading in Parliament.


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Business Payment Practices disclosure scheme update

The Government is seeking public submissions as it confirms the details around its new Business Payment Practices disclosure regime.


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Securing success through adversity

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the owners of the luxurious historical Pen-y-bryn Lodge in Oamaru adopted a range of strategies that ensured their business would continue to thrive.




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Sharing sustainability successes

Some forward-thinking local organisations are sharing the innovative contributions their businesses are making to improve both their competitive advantage and the global environmental crisis.


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Become a Food Rescue Champion

Are you a business owner or operator that has regular good quality surplus food currently going to landfill or to animal farms?

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Fair Pay Agreements legislation passes

The amended Fair Pay Agreements Bill was passed into legislation last night, despite significant concerns around its impacts on both employers and employees. 

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Finalists announced for The Grand Business South Awards 2022

The premier event celebrating the best and brightest business achievements in the southern region is set to take place next month, after what has been a challenging couple of years for business.


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Introducing our new Innovation Navigator

We are delighted to welcome Daniel Healy as our Innovation Navigator, a new role supporting innovation in Otago through our new Regional Business Partner contract with MBIE and Callaghan Innovation.