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Membership Information

Business South membership grants you free or discounted access to a range of quality resources, supports, events and opportunities – all designed to support your success.

With more than 1,400 members throughout Otago and Southland, we work closely with a diverse range of organisations and sectors to bring specialist value to business.

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For Trades

Supporting young people to pursue their vocational ambitions and providing the business community with the next generation of talent.

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The Grand Business South Awards

The Grand Business South Awards celebrate the remarkable achievements of businesses in our region.

Southern businesses continue to draw on their reserves of strength to meet a range of ongoing challenges.

As a region, we thank them for their dedication, persistence and innovation – and The Grand Business South Awards 2023 will celebrate their remarkable achievements.

Entries for the 2023 Awards are now closed. Finalists will be announced in October.

To ensure you are part of the celebrations, please join us at the Gala Dinner on Friday, 17 November 2023 where the Award winners will be announced.

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Our People

With expertise in all areas of business, the Business South team can provide the advice and support you need to succeed.

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Research and Development

Access a range of supports and grants suitable for all stages of the business lifecycle. 

Whether you’re an established business or a fresh entrepreneur, this support could help you add scale and depth to get ahead on research and development.

Business South is your first point of contact in Otago to connect with a range of information, services and funding from Callaghan Innovation to support your business innovation journey. 

Register with the Regional Business Partner Network to talk with one of our Innovation Specialists.

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A commitment to sustainability minimises harm to communities and the natural environment – it also increases business resilience and innovation, and can give you a competitive edge.

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Business South is your Southern business association. Learn about the range of services, supports, training and networking opportunities we provide.

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Small Business

Small businesses are creative, innovative and dynamic, and are key drivers of economic growth. In fact, small enterprise is often referred to as the ‘engine room of growth’.

Did you know…

Small enterprises represent over 97% of New Zealand firms, and more than half of all Business South members.

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Medium Business

Mid-sized businesses are renowned for longevity, stability and strong growth performance, making a considerable contribution to the local, regional and national economies.

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Contact Us

We are just a phone call or an email away, so get in touch and let us know how we can best support you and your business.

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Funding and Grants

Access the financial support you need to help your business prosper.

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