Increase your business productivity!

Did you know there are seven different types of waste in business? They include transportation, inventory, motion, waiting, overprocessing, overproduction and defects. Building business success is all about continuous improvement so make sure you sign up to our Business Process Improvement course to learn how to identify and remove these types of waste from your business, and consequently increase your overall productivity and profitability.

Improving your business processes 

Join us for this Lean thinking, business process improvement course to learn how you could increase your business's productivity by 25% 

Led by internationally renowned Lean consultant Clinton Yeats, this two-day course will provide an accelerated introduction to Lean thinking and help to identify opportunities for promoting growth, reducing costs and inefficiencies, and engaging with staff to increase overall productivity and profitability.

Register here

Research and Development advice 

Representatives from New Zealand’s innovation agency Callaghan Innovation are coming to Invercargill!

If you are facing some technical challenges that would benefit from some research and development advice, then get in touch with Kelly today to organise a potential site visit from the Callaghan Innovation experts.

We'll also be hosting a breakfast event with the Callaghan Innovation team where you can learn more about the research and development opportunities available.


Minimum Wage Increase

Find out what your business needs to know!

The minimum wage in New Zealand for adults and those starting-out and in training have increased: 

  • Adult minimum wage now — $17.70 an hour
  • Starting-out wage now — $14.16 an hour (up from $13.20)
  • Training wage now — $14.16 an hour (up from $13.20)

Find out more information here

Southland Pop Up Job Shop

Having trouble finding staff? Spread the word about your current vacancies at the upcoming Southland Pop Up Job Shop

The Southland Pop Up Job Shop is returning for its third year to connect Southland job seekers with employment advice and opportunities. Open in Gore on Tuesday 30 April, and in Invercargill from Wednesday, 1 May - Saturday, 4 May, please let us know of any vacancies you would like to promote during the week.

Send your job vacancies through to info@venturesouthland.co.nz 

Expressions of Interest for Carbon Neutral Advantage representatives

Focused on reducing carbon emissions and encouraging smart and sustainable business practices, Carbon Neutral Advantage is providing a blueprint for the rest of New Zealand in the challenge to mitigate climate change.

If you think you could help oversee the project's strategic direction and contribute industry and community knowledge then submit your expression of interest to become part of the Advisory Group today!

To find out more contact Isabel


Agri-Tourism success programme

Are you interested in starting or growing your Agri-tourism business? Then the new Agri-Tourism Success Programme could be for you. 

Developed by one of NZ's leading tourism marketing specialists, the nine-month course for New Zealand farmers interested in diversifying into tourism, or growing their tourism venture, covers all aspects of developing, marketing, running and growing a successful agri-tourism business. 

Find out more here

Sheep and Goat Dairy project 

The Sheep and Goat Dairy Project is a government-funded, not-for-profit initiative dedicated to growing New Zealand’s sheep and goat milk industry that is running for 14 months - from the end of January 2019 until March 2020.

If you're interested in learning more about the project, or the potential market opportunities for sheep and goat milk products then you are invited to attend the Southland workshop.

18 April 2018, 9 am - 12 pm. Drawing Room, Civic Theatre, 88 Tay Street, Invercargill

The workshop will explain how the project is aiming to transform the sector from an emergent one with regional pockets of success to a nationwide sector that’s innovative and thriving, and give people the opportunity to be involved in an action group within the Southland region. 

Register for this free workshop here or for more information contact Jan Hales on 021 0250 7352

Connect with other business people 

Looking to connect with like-minded business people in Southland?

BizChat is a free and inclusive networking group based in Invercargill that meets every three weeks over either dinner and drinks or coffee and scones. The next meeting is on Thursday 4th of April - so come along to make connections with other like-minded business people, grow your contacts list and find support.

Emerging Director Award
The Otago Southland branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) is inviting applications for its 2019 Emerging Director Award. The benefits of the award include receiving $1,500 towards an IoD development course, mentoring with an experienced director and complimentary membership of IoD for one year. You have until Friday 17 May 2019 to apply so for more information including eligibility criteria click here