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

Anderson House, Invercargill

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!

Register here