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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.Read more
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’.
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Small enterprises represent over 97% of New Zealand firms, and more than half of all Business South members.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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 5.00pmRead more
- It is aimed at Otago business leaders to be better equipped for leadership within their organisation, workplace or business.
- This inspirational programme is the catalyst that ignites relationship building with like-minded professional peers, fosters inspiration to take your leadership career to the next level and provides outstanding opportunities to learn from prominent Otago leaders.
- Designed to develop your leadership skills you will be equipped with a good understanding of what is required to be a significant leader in your own organisation and in the wider business community.
- One session per week with 2 speakers, for 4 weeks. Groups are limited to a maximum of 12 participants.
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Ready to upskill your leadership and to connect with great leaders in the region? Check out the next Leadership Academy programme below and register today!Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more