community and environment

community and environment

Southland Chamber of Commerce

Southland Chamber of Commerce assists the local business community by helping improve business enterprise and foster a business-friendly environment.

The Chamber exists for its members and is open for all businesses to be part of a growing business network.

Southland is a great place to live and do business and we are committed to growing the regional economy and ensuring local business is productive, competitive and sustainable. To do this we work alongside local businesses, assisting them to achieve success by exposing them to new opportunities and a wealth of resources.

The Chamber of Commerce is involved with the following networks:

Export Southland

Formed in 2000 as ‘The Southland Export Forum’ and re-branded in 2012, Export Southland works to achieve four main purposes:

  1. Represent exporters’ views on policy issues
  2. Promote networking, educational and social events
  3. Recognise significant business and individual contributions to the export sector
  4. Assist start-up export orientated businesses

Valuable sponsorship from South Port and HSBC has meant Export Southland is open to both Chamber members and non-members. Businesses can attend and contribute towards events, training, regular information and updates as well as other services and connections. One of the highlights on the Chamber calendar is the biannual Export Southland Recognition dinner

Export Southland also provides opportunities to meet business people from a range of countries as from time to time we host incoming trade delegations and lead outgoing trade missions.


BNZ Biz Bites

BNZ Biz Bites is held the first Wednesday of every month.

Hosted by BNZ and the Chamber, this event offers an informal environment where you are invited to bring your lunch and listen to a topical speaker.

These sessions are an ideal way to network and stay up to date on a multitude of valuable topics such as tax and employee changes, marketing, training, team building, business technology and central government legislative changes.

Biz Bites is free to attend, but with the popularity of these sessions you do need to register.


Glass Elevator

“Encouraging women in business to excel and support others towards greater success”

The Glass Elevator professional women’s networking group was launched in September 2012 and has rapidly become one of Chamber’s most popular networking options.

Glass Elevator provides a relaxed environment for networking events and seminars appealing to professional women. Held across breakfast, lunch, afternoon or evening sessions, the topics of interest range from personal growth to professional development.


Business After 5 (BA5)

A Business After Five (BA5) event is an informal occasion to network while expanding your horizons and knowledge of other businesses.

BA5 events are generally hosted by a member organisation and present the opportunity for the host business to promote themselves and their services or products. In the past these events have been held in factories, offices, museums, workshops, warehouses, TV and radio stations, training centres - even on ships at Bluff port and boats at sea. BA5 events are usually free for members to attend but occasionally there may be a minimal cost.

Please the Chamber of Commerce if you are interested in hosting a BA5, it is an excellent way to showcase your business.