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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.

Coming Soon
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.

Grid Coffee

Upcoming Events


Central Otago BA5 - Hosted By Findex

18 Aug 2022

Join Findex for some nibbles/drinks and the opportunity to learn more about what they do for thei...

Retail New Zealand Social Club - Dunedin

24 Aug 2022

Retail NZ brings to you the Retail Social Club, a great networking and training opportunity where...

Waitaki BA5 Design Federation

05 Sep 2022

To say design is a passion is an understatement for Creative Director of Design Federation, Annab...

Annual Central Otago Golf Tournament - Alexandra

16 Sep 2022

We welcome your registration to be part of one of the highlights of our annual event calendar. Co...

Westpac Smart Series: Michael Gordon, Acting Chief Economist - Westpac NZ

28 Sep 2022

Michael Gordon is currently the Acting Chief Economist for Westpac in NZ. He has been part of Wes...

Maximising Older Worker Participation in Aotearoa NZ: Insights & Implications Seminars

29 Sep 2022

The shape of NZ's workforce is changing. Today one in three workers are aged 50 and over. The num...

Central Otago BA5: Hosted by Aurora Energy

20 Oct 2022

Come along to this BA5 hosted by the Aurora Energy team to find out more about the electricity ne...

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.

Regional Business Case Study: Arrowtown Motel Apartments

Having someone come in as a third party who had the time and background to understand the business and complete an objective assessment and critique the business has been amazing.

Regional Business Partner Case Study: Black Sheep

The team are really happy in a safe and secure space which I am so happy with. It has been a really nice pivot for us to focus on the staff so much with the gift of time COVID has given us.

Does tourism matter to you Dunedin?

Here’s a chance to have your say.

Independent research company Angus & Associates are working with the Dunedin City Council (Enterprise Dunedin) to find out what Dunedin people want (and don’t want) the future of tourism in the greater Dunedin area to look like.

Regional Business Partner Case Study: Addstaff Ltd

The support has been amazing, and we are so grateful to have been able to access assistance to help us through this time. We have new, updated systems and contracts now, which will help us for a long time to come.

A Sustainability Yarn

Canterbury Spinners is an Oamaru-based woollen yarn supplier that has made a commitment to increasing sustainability throughout its business.