Venture Southland is here to help business people in Southland start, improve and grow their business.

As the regional partner for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE), Callaghan Innovation and Business Mentors NZ, Venture Southland has extensive knowledge and access to networks that contribute to business success.

There are several online resources that can be accessed by businesses in Southland to obtain advice and information. This section highlights the business resources that are available to help strengthen businesses in the Southland.

Venture Southland Business Toolkit

Read the Venture Southland Business Toolkit to find out more about the range of services and resources available to you as a business owner in Southland.

Introduction to Business Workshops

The IRD in Invercargill have regular 'Starting a Business' and 'GST' workshops every month which are vital for new business owners needing to know the regulatory facts:

Alternatively you can meet on a one-to-one basis with the regional IRD and Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) officers to obtain further information.

This website is an excellent resource for business resources covering a wide range of topics including:

Starting a business : View information on structure, market research and planning tools

Business and Financial Planning: This is an areas that is often underused by both established and early stage businesses


The Intellectual Property Office’s website has all the information you may need on Intellectual Property, patents, trade-marks, copyright and all relevant links.


Accident Compensation Corporation

 The Accident Compensation Corporation provides comprehensive, no-fault personal injury cover for all New Zealand residents and visitors to New Zealand. To uncover all your regulatory requirements when you start or run a business in Southland, visit ACC for business

Occupational Health & Safety

This website is an informative tool for all your regulatory health and safety information, guidelines and requirements necessary when you are employing any staff in Southland:

Employment Relations

For the basics of employment relations and rights when you hire and employ any staff, go to

Statistics New Zealand

Statistics can help you make better and more informed business planning decisions. Statistics New Zealand Tatauranga Aotearoa is New Zealand's major source of official statistics and provides businesses and individuals the statistical information they need to grow and prosper. Visit to access statistical tools that will help you business to succeed within the market.

New Zealand Office Company

This online resource lists all companies listed on the New Zealand Companies register, and allows you to start a company, register your company name, update company details and search other registers:

For further information contact
Alistair Adams - Venture Southland

Alistair Adam

Business Services Manager