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SM Business Awards 2023

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

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Our Story

Providing business support, advocacy and expertise to help southern organisations succeed.

Business South is a voice for business, fostering a strong regional economy and a thriving business sector.

A strong business community contributes to the health and wellbeing of our local communities and ensures a sustainable, prosperous future.

Watch the video below to learn more about the goals and values we live, operate and measure ourselves by, as we work to achieve our vision of creating a thriving business environment that benefits the whole region.

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Our Region

Otago and Southland form the heartland of New Zealand, representing some of the best and brightest business this country has to offer.

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Large Business

Large corporations are major employers and contribute significantly to local and national economies. They thrive through investing in people, innovation, assets and growth opportunities.

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

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Funding and Grants

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

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Business Advocacy

We are proud to be the voice of business in the south and to represent business interests locally, regionally and nationally.


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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.

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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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Health and Safety Support

Providing a safe and healthy work environment benefits your business, increasing productivity and performance, and protecting you and your workforce.

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Our Services

Representing, supporting and empowering the Southern business community.

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Business Mentors

Prepare for future success with one of our experienced business mentors.

As an agent for Business Mentors New Zealand, we can connect you with a mentor to help you and your small business to build the skills and perspective for future success. 

 A business mentor would be a great option for you if:

  • you are motivated and determined to grow your business
  • you are willing to listen and receive constructive feedback related to you and your business
  • you can commit to the mentoring relationship, working proactively to ensure tasks are achieved in a timely manner with open and honest communication.

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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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Business New Zealand

We’re proud to be part of Aotearoa’s largest business organisation promoting sustainable growth through free enterprise.

Four large regional organisations of member businesses form the BusinessNZ network, including Business South. Together, we cover the whole country.

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Employment Relations

We are proud to have partnered with the best in the business for our Employment Relations suite. 

Legal issues are handled in partnership with the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) to provide top-quality legal advice on all employment-related issues including employment relationships, personal grievances and workplace accidents.

Human Resources issues are handled by our Accredited Service Delivery partner Logan HR-  a local team of professional Human Resource Consultants who take a pragmatic approach to providing advice that is clear, concise and solutions-based. 

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NZ Income Insurance Scheme

The New Zealand Income Insurance Scheme would offer financial support to workers who are made redundant through no fault of their own, or lose their jobs due to health conditions or disabilities, providing them with 80% of their income for up to seven months.

While Business South welcomes a number of aspects of the proposal, there are some concerning implications for business as it currently stands.

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Management Capability Fund

If you operate an Otago business, you could be eligible for up to 50% of the cost of management coaching and training services. 

Our Business Growth Advisors will work with you to identify areas where your business could benefit from management capability training. Then, they’ll connect you with the right services.

Register with the Regional Business Partner Network and one of our Growth Advisors will contact you to confirm your eligibility.

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Youth Opportunities

Explore career opportunities and gain the experience and information you need to make decisions about your future, whether in employment or training. 

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AdviceLine provides all the legal and professional advice you need to know.

This members-only service allows you unlimited call access to support you through a full range of employment-related questions and concerns.

Call us anytime during business hours – Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm

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Business South belongs to a network of 30 Chambers of Commerce nationwide, providing a voice for business and opportunities for growth.

New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 47, Auckland 1140

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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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Exportation Support

Export documentation can be complex – but we’ll help you simplify it.

The Otago Chamber of Commerce is an affiliated member of the International Chamber of Commerce Certificate of Origin Accreditation Chain. 

We supply Chamber-certified Certificates of Origin which provide import authorities and buyers with trusted assurance of origin.

Get in touch to learn more about how we can help you with your export needs.

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Fair Pay Agreements

The Government has recently passed the Fair Pay Agreements legislation. The introduction of FPAs is one of the most significant changes to New Zealand’s employment relations system.

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