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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


Dunedin Leadership Academy - Session 1 of 8

10 Feb 2023

This inspirational programme is the catalyst that ignites relationship building with like-minded ...

Annual Dunedin Golf Tournament 2023

24 Feb 2023

Join us for the Annual Dunedin Golf Tournament for 2023 at the Balmacewen Golf Course. The popula...

Dunedin Leadership Intake Two - Session 1 of 8

12 May 2023

The Leadership Academy develops future Otago business leaders to be better equipped for lead...

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.

Expert advice a phone call away

AdviceLine is a free and exclusive member-only service offering unlimited calls to support you with all of your business, legal and human resources queries and concerns.

 

 

Member to member discounts

Business South members can access a range of discounts and savings thanks to special offers from their fellow members.

Advocating for immigration changes

At a time of record high employment, and a shortage of employees in most sectors and most regions of New Zealand, immigration is needed at all levels to meet skill shortages that are constraining economic growth.

 

New Business Payment Practices disclosure regime

The Government will introduce a new Business Payment Practices disclosure regime. We asked our Senior Solicitor, Ronda Tokona, to explain what this means for business.

Waste Minimisation Funding Available

The Dunedin City Council offers Waste Minimisation Innovation and Development (Commercial) Grants for businesses who are working on waste minimisation!

Regional Business Case Study: 222 Photographic Studios

It’s no secret that the events market has been one of the hardest hit during covid times. Constant booking, postponement/cancellations for two years and counting.