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Small Business

Small, but mighty.

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.

How We Can Help


AdviceLine

AdviceLine

Free for members, AdviceLine provides business and legal advice to support you with your business queries and concerns.

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Advocacy

Advocacy

Amplify your voice and be heard. We’ll engage with you to ensure your views are presented to officials and decision-makers.

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Employment Relations

Employment Relations

Our in-house legal team can provide all he assistance you need to address any employment-related issues.

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Sustainability Support

Sustainability Support

Receive guidance and advice on implementing meaningful sustainability initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of your business.

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Training

Training

Access a wide range of professional development programmes to take your business to the next level – including bespoke courses for you, delivered on your turf.

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Networking

Networking

Mix and mingle with your peers in the local business community at our regular business and social events.

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Community

Community

Join the conversation on Trybz, our online community platform, to connect with others in the Southern business community.

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Business Support

Business Support

Develop your business and accelerate growth with targeted support, including grants and funding, research and development, business mentoring and much more.

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Workforce Development

Workforce Development

Take the hassle out of trades and apprenticeship recruitment and let us source the workforce you need.

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Grid Coffee Barista

It’s great to work with Business South and showcase local food products to the wider Business Community.

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Upcoming Events


Loss Prevention For Retailers: Learn from the NZ Police

28 Mar 2023

Is shoplifting an issue for you? ... Then we strongly encourage you to attend this retailers' eve...

Dunedin BA5: Hosted by Jarden, Dunedin

30 Mar 2023

March BA5 is hosted by the Jarden Dunedin team who are NZ's leading investment and advisory group...

Dunedin BA5 Hosted By: Southern Youth Development (Formerly, Malcam Charitable Trust)

27 Apr 2023

The April BA5 is hosted by the Southern Youth Development team, formerly the Malcam Charitable Tr...

One Good Kiwi Initiative - Vote for YES!

Exciting!! … The Young Enterprise Trust has been chosen as one of this month’s One Good Kiwi charities. This means they could win a share of $100,000 to help support the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES).

Tiaki Bees benefits from Management Capability Funding

Support from the Management Capability Fund enabled Wānaka beekeeping company and hive hire service, Tiaki Bees, to invest in skill development and grow its business.

Incorporated Societies Act Seminars

If you are on the Board/Committee of an incorporated society, or work for one, this seminar is for you. The new Incorporated Societies Act 2022 brings significant changes affecting all incorporated societies - including many clubs, residents' associations and community organisations.

Resource Management Reform

What does the Government's reform of the Resource Management Act (RMA) mean for our members and small businesses?

The Government is currently calling for submissions to the Environment Committee on the National and Built Environment (NBE) Bill and Spatial Planning (SP). We invite you to this webinar presented by Maree Baker-Galloway – Partner, Anderson Lloyd who specialises in environmental and planning law, specifically the Resource Management Act 1991, Conservation Act 1987 and related legislation.

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.

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.

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?

2022 Annual Report

Our 2022 Report was received and adopted at the inaugural Business South Annual General Meeting.

Go Global 2022

The Exporters’ Conference

Go Global is your opportunity to hear from industry leaders, receive global market insights and stay connected with some of the best in the game. The focus this year is on new export business models, whether New Zealand should focus on collectives, and how new approaches to technology, investment and change can help New Zealand exporters grow their business. 

Plastic Phase Out: Guidance for Sellers and Manufacturers on Products Now Banned

Plastic is one of our greatest environmental challenges. It regularly ends up as waste in our landfills, our moana and whenua. Difficult to recycle packaging and products can interfere with our recycling systems and are often used only once before being disposed.