Looking to the Future

Along with networking events and chances to enter the Southland Westpac Business Excellence Awards, there are many exciting changes taking place in our region over the next month with a new regional agency, the Southland Regional Development Agency (SRDA), set to come into effect on 1 July 2019.

With a broader group of stakeholders, the agency is tasked with encouraging Southland's future prosperity and will build upon the work previously carried out by Venture Southland, with business support services transferring to the SRDA.

We'll look forward to sharing more SRDA information with you soon but in the meantime check out the opportunities available to your business below! 


Lunch with Otago Southland Institute of Directors 

6 June, 12-2pm, Queenstown Resort College, Queenstown

The Otago Southland Insitute of Directors is hosting Catherine Tait, the southern region's financial lines liability manager for Marsh, for a lunchtime event in Queenstown.

Tait will present a candid view of the changes that have occurred in the D&O markets over the last decade and equip you with basic knowledge on the operation of these policies. To make sure you're informed about this extremely important liability cover - sign up today!


Networking with international students

Thursday 13 June, 5.15pm - 7 pm, Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill 

Could your business help launch the careers of International Students in Southland? Venture Southland, in partnership with the Southland Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a networking event to encourage connections between local businesses and international students.

Register today for the opportunity to network with the international students attending and learn how their skills could benefit your place of work! 

Register here

Introduction to Lean thinking

We're seeking expressions of interest from people who would be interested in attending a Lean thinking course. Regardless of if you have previously completed a six-month lean programme, attended a two-day course, or are completely new to the principles of Lean, then this course will be of benefit for you!  

This is an excellent opportunity for new team members to get up to speed with the Lean principles you use across your business. 

Register today by getting in touch with Kelly 



The latest tourism numbers

The Southland Tourism Key Indicators for December 2018 have been released! 

With data collated from a variety of sources and broken down by Territorial Local Authority and Regional Tourism Organisation, highlights for the latest report include:

  • Total tourism spend up 7.3% to $663 million
  • Increase in international guest nights - up 9.7% to 738,244
  • Increase in domestic guest nights - up 3.5% to 475,065
For the detailed report click here

Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards 

Is your business ready to be recognised? 

Entries for the Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards are open until 12 July 2019.

Showcasing the best of the region's business talent and capability, the awards also act as a platform for paying tribute to local businesses helping to build our economy and community.

Enter your business today here

NZ Retail Summit

23 Jul 2019, SKYCITY Convention Centre, Auckland

Do you work in retail? Then the inaugural Retail NZ Summit brought to you by Retail NZ and Conferenz, is for you!

This Summit is designed for retail leaders, as well as influencers from supplier and regulatory communities, and will showcase thought-provoking content and provide perspectives, insight and analysis on the challenges and opportunities associated with the future of the retail industry. 

Key themes include:

  • Driving the future of Retail
  • Disrupting the retail space
  • Review, regulation & compliance
  • Keeping on top of retail in New Zealand

With speakers from:

  • Levi Strauss & Co
  • University of Oxford
  • Ballantyne & Co
  • The Warehouse Group
  • Nielsen
  • EziBuy
  • Rodney Wayne
  • Commerce Commission
  • Consumer NZ
  • Advertising Standards Authority
  • Westpac
  • Mastercard

Small & Medium Retailers’ Forum

A half day Forum for independent store owners will be held concurrently, bringing together store owner-operators and small high street retailers to hear expert presentations on how to build great small to medium businesses that thrive in today and tomorrow’s environment.

Themes covered include:

  • Attracting talent and creating a great SME workplace culture
  • Going from 1 to 10 – how we scaled and succeeded 
  • Adding online to your offering – Omni channel for the small retailer
For full Summit and Forum details click here