Venture Southland’s Southland Business Update brings you the latest news, events and business services, training and funding opportunities.

Expressions of Interest called for Anderson House

Expressions of interest are due Monday, 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 here

Multicultural Workplaces

Thursday, 27 September 2018, Invercargill Airport

Are you interesting in learning how your business could attract and retain skilled migrants? At this workshop, you will learn about cultural sensitivity, immigration barriers and how to effectively communicate, support and work well with migrant employees. Register your attendance for the workshop here

Venture Southland Labour Market Skills Placement Cooridinator Ria Bond will be peak at the workshop on retention. 

Ria Bond - Venture Southland

Ria Bond

Southland Labour Market Skills Placement Coordinator

NetHui is coming to Southland!

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, Ascot Park Hotel

At NetHui Southland, you won't see presentations, but rather discussions on topics that have been suggested by us, Southlanders. With Internet access, connectivity, education and migrant communities on the agenda, this is a chance for Southlanders to come together and discuss the wide-reaching impact of the Internet.

Scholarships to attend NetHui Southland are available for local women and nonbinary people who are interested in the tech sector. The scholarships will cover the cost of a ticket, local mileage and childcare during the day. Applications for the scholarships close 23 September 2018.

Register your attendance for the NetHui Southland here

Business improvement two-day workshop

Wednesday, 21 November and Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Are you wanting to improve project planning? Register for this two-day business improvement workshop for the opportunity to work with International Business Advisor Clinton Yeats and learn how you can minimise frustrations occurring in your workplace. 

To register for the workshops contact Venture Southland Business Services Coordinator Rachel Butler


New website for Film Otago Southland

Are you a member of the local film industry?

Film Otago Southland recently launched their new website that includes an industry directory where members of the local film industry, and businesses who intersect with the film industry, can list their services. To learn more about having your service or business listed email Kahli from Film Otago Southland

Venture Southland is a member of Film Otago Southland which is a collaboration of film offices in the southern half of New Zealand. Check out the new website here

Transitioning to a low-emissions economy 

New Zealand Productivity Commission Report

The New Zealand Productivity Commission has completed their inquiry into New Zealand transitioning to a lower net emissions economy and presented a final report to the Government. The report has concluded that New Zealand can indeed make the transition to a low-emissions economy but it will require consistent and concerted effort by us all – up to and beyond 2050. The full report can be accessed here

For more information on the innovative and environmentally focused projects Venture Southland is involved with please contact Cathy Jordan