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Great South In 2015, it was identified that in order to encourage Southland's future prosperity, a renewed focus on growing Southland's culture and lifestyle, economic diversity and overall population was required. To achieve this new focus, and address the challenges identified in the Southland Regional Development Strategy, it was recommended that a regional agency was established to implement change and build on the foundation previously laid by Venture Southland. 

As a result, Great South came into effect on 1 July 2019 with a strong and determined team committed to creating better lives for all Southlanders through sustainable development.

Visit the Great South website for more Information.


The Southland Chamber of Commerce is part of the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce & Industry network, which has more than 22,000 members nationwide. The Chamber's main objectives are to help local members improve their business and ensure members can operate in a business friendly, progressive environment.

To contact the Chamber phone (03) 218 7188, email or visit the Southland Chamber of Commerce website.


The Invercargill City Council provides a number of services to business - from food, alcohol and health certification and licensing, to building consents, resource consents, water, waste disposal and sewerage.

To contact the Council phone (03) 2111 777 or visit the Invercargill City Council website.


Some Local Business Success Stories

McKnight & Brown

McKnight and Brown offers an extensive range of leading New Zealand brands as well as top international labels in quality menswear and accessories.The team take pride in their dedicated focus on quality products, personal customer service, and attention to detail.The business is 62 years young, and Bernie Brown, son of one of the co-founders, has been helping men look their best for every occasion for 50 years.

Ivan Bulling

Bespoke, beautifully crafted interiors and furniture have been provided to Southland, New Zealand, and the world by Ivan Bulling in Invercargill since 1955.

Ivan Bulling offers functional and original interior pieces and accessories, including bed linen, wallpapers, curtains and blinds, and serves many international clients as well as those closer to home from their Invercargill and Dunedin shops. With their manufacturing also based in Invercargill, and the business owned and operated by the second generation of Bullings, customers can be assured they will receive excellent service and attention to detail.

Julie Bryce

Julie Bryce has been helping and encouraging women to look and feel their best for 29 years.From her Kelvin Street store, Julie offers the full shopping experience to help her customers make memories when searching for the perfect and complete outfit, whether it be for a wedding, event, or other special occasion.

Julie’s ethos is for all women to have confidence in their feminity, and to express themselves in beauty.Visit Julie Bryce for your complete outfit including dress, jewellery, hat, and accessories, or simply pop in for a unique and personal shopping experience.

Liz Thomas

We welcome you into our relaxing environment. Enjoy our unique, quirky + beautiful fashion objects. Browse at your leisure or let us have some fun helping you. We look forward to meeting you! - Mary-Jane, Paula and Jane.

The Seriously Good Chocolate Company

The most southern chocolate company in the world, The Seriously Good Chocolate Company is a flourishing Invercargill-based business making quality handmade gourmet chocolates that imbue the real tastes of New Zealand.

A wide-ranging collection of chocolates are now sold throughout New Zealand with sales growing internationally. 

The Seriously Good Chocolate Company is promoting Southland and New Zealand to the world through chocolate – one bite at a time!