Southland Business Update - October 2018
Southland Housing Needs Assessment
A study is currently underway to establish a baseline assessment of the housing situation in the Southland region. To gather information for this assessment we would like to to invite all Southland businesses to share their experiences and views on the housing needs in our region. The information will help us to address concerns about the housing shortage in our region that are shared by Southland community leaders, businesses, community groups and Local and Central Government.
The survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete and all responses will be kept strictly confidential.
The survey will close on 26 October. Please fill out the survey here
NetHui Southland - Tuesday 16 October
There’s only a few days to go until NetHui Southland where we will discuss the wide-ranging impact of the Internet in our community. Get your tickets today to hear from John Houlker about data for connected and automated vehicles (and beyond), take part in discussions on the topics that matter most to the Southland community and engage with our rural connectivity panel.
Register for Nethui Southland here
Innovation Pitch Night
Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 5.30pm - 7pm, Waiau Room -Ascot Park Hotel
Join us for an Innovation Pitch Night where the second intake of Business Accelerator Programme participants will present their ideas and plans to a skilled innovation panel. Participants will get 5 minutes each to present their start-up pitch and will then receive feedback from the panel who will guide, suggest direction and indicate how they can scale even further.
The panel includes Casey Davies-Bell from Startup Dunedin, Luke Ball of CreativeHQ, Wellington, Prue Halstead of Invest South and Aimee Kaio from Ngai Tahu.
The event is free to attend.
Read more about the Business Accelerator Programme here
Agritourism Info Sessions
23-26 October, 12 - 2pm, various locations in Southland
Venture Southland is actively encouraging farmers to consider how they can take advantage of increasing opportunities in tourism with four agritourism information sessions scheduled around the region for late October.
The information sessions will identify tourism opportunities for farmers, provide insights of current operations and connect farmers with industry resources and advice.
Schedule for Agritourism Info Sessions
- 23 October: Tuatapere (Waiau Town & Country)
- 24 October: Lumsden (Lumsden Hotel)
- 25 October: Gore (Council Chambers)
- 26 October: Invercargill (Venture Southland)
All sessions are 12-2pm with a light lunch included.
The sessions are free to attend but RSVP is essential please contact Cameron Richardson to confirm your attendance
Be part of shaping Southland's low emission
Tuesday, 23 October, 4 - 6pm, Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill
Venture Southland is pleased to invite you to the launch of Carbon Neutral Advantage, an exciting three-year project bringing business and community together to equip our economy for a low emission future.
This initiative will help businesses respond to the challenge of climate change and the increasing cost of carbon by accelerating the uptake of emissions reduction technologies and offsetting opportunities.
There is no cost to attend the event, however registrations are essential. Please contact Cathy Jordan to confirm your attendance
Expressions of Interest for Anderson House
Expressions of interest are due Friday, 26 October
On behalf of the Invercargill City Council, Venture Southland is seeking expressions of interest from people, business owners, or other groups that are interested in operating one or more services from the iconic homestead. More information about submitting your Expression of Interest can be found below.
For more information click here
Retail Excellence Seminar
Monday, 29 October, 8.30am - 4.30pm, Venture Southland Board Room
Join us for a workshop that will give you the tools needed to succeed in today’s retail environment. With over 25 years’ experience across various sectors, Robyn Viljoen from ieRetail will share her knowledge on:
- Understanding and engaging with customers
- Sales techniques – from basic to more advanced
- Interpersonal styles
- How to add value
- Customer segmentation
- Retail essentials
For more information and to register please click here
Thursday, 15 November, 5.30pm, Crowe Horwath, 173 Spey Street, Invercargill
Crowe Horwath is pleased to announce the launch of FoundX in Invercargill. FoundX is a community initiative aimed at empowering regional entrepreneurship. Don't miss their first meetup!