29 June 2016
The Southland Chamber of Commerce was pleased to host a Winter Warrant of Fitness Month this June for its members. We held three seminars over three weeks, which all had the theme of Business Warrant of Fitness and ensuring that your organisation is ticking all the right boxes for a better bottom line. We started with a Not for Profit Seminar on 8 June held at the Community Trust of Southland. A packed room of charities, incorporated societies and not for profit groups all listened to the various speakers. We had Nick Perham from Worksafe NZ, John Gordon from Red Cross, speakers from BNZ talk on fiduciary obligations, Chris O’Connor and Michael Lee talk on financial fundamentals and things to make sure you are covering, and John Prendergast discussed funding and sponsorship support in the region.
On 15 June, the Heartland Hotel hosted ten Gore businesses, all of which were keen to learn about ways to improve their businesses. The speakers included Janet Copeland on employment law, Craig Macalister on tax legislation, Chris Peddie and Chris Menzies (from AWS Legal) on business legislation and succession planning, Kylie Fisken of RBS Gore talked on financial fundamentals, Karen Mitchell explored social media and the digital world among other topics, and Stephen Caunter of ANZ, spoke to business growth strategies.
Finally, 22 June saw Crowe Horwath hosting Invercargill businesses for the daylong seminar. The speakers for this seminar saw Stephen Caunter, Chris Menzies and Chris Peddie, and Janet Copeland returning to encore their topics to the Invercargill audience, while we welcomed Judy Goble and Warick Heads from Crowe Horwath. They spoke on financial fundamentals and payroll respectively.
The feedback from the three seminars has been really positive and those who attended gained value for money. We hope to revisit this topic again in 2017.