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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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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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My Next Move

My Next Move connects local high schools and businesses, showing rangatahi about the world of work so they can make the right decisions about their future. 

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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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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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Funding and Grants

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

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Sustainability

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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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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Training

We’re proud to offer the most comprehensive range of professional development training in the region, customised and delivered in-house.

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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’.

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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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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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Business Advisory Support

Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-set Plan

The Business Advisory Support available for eligible businesses is a maximum of $5,000 per business operation (excluding GST). It enables businesses to receive expert advice and support through the RBP Network. This advice is in addition to any previous advice that a business may have received through the RBP Network. The objective of the Business Advisory Support is to support long term outcomes for businesses. This includes helping businesses to make hard decisions to navigate and manage an uncertain long-term global and domestic outlook. 

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AdviceLine

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

This free member-only service can 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 Advice Implementation Grant

Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-set Plan.

The Business Advice Implementation Grant will be open for an initial one-year period from 06 September 2021 to 31 August 2022.  

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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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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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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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