Business Advice, Funding & Grants

South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber Business Advisors can be a sounding board for your business, helping you with business planning, and connecting you to others as appropriate – either within the larger Chamber of Commerce network or independent partner or government organisations. We will stay in contact with you to make sure you are getting the support you need.

FREE Human Resources and Health and Safety advice available for members. Contact us to find out more.
Regional Business Partner ProgrammeCapability Development Co-funding  

The Regional Business Partner Network (RBPN) is a gateway that connects businesses to the right advice, people, funding and resources. Working together, we can help you strengthen and grow your business in many different ways.
The network is jointly managed by Callaghan Innovation and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and consists of 14 regional growth agencies throughout the country. This means you’ll get support from people who may live and work in your region.

This capability co-funding helps to support business owners to access business training services, by providing them with a co-funding towards the registered service cost. The co-funding can only be used in the following subject areas; Business Planning, Business, Systems, Business Sustainability, Capital Raising, Export, Finance, Governance, Lean Manufacturing/ Business Operations, Managing Resources, and Marketing.

Co-funding is just one of the services available through the Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network it also allows for introductions and referrals to any other agency who may assist you to solve specific business challenges.

Exporting - New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) can help businesses that are exporting or thinking of exporting. The SC Chamber can help you to gain access to NZTE’s support, this includes valuable online information and accessing the funding and global expertise your business needs to have the scale, commitment and drive to succeed internationally.

Research & Development Support

Are you developing, or thinking of developing, a new product? Talk to us about how Callaghan Innovation can support and possibly help fund your research and development.  Callaghan Innovation accelerates the commercialisation of innovation by firms in New Zealand through resources, knowledge and connections which help businesses turn ideas into internationally marketable products and services more quickly and successfully.

New Zealand Food Innovation Network


The South Island hub of New Zealand Food Innovation Network (NZFIN) is FoodSouth, an accessible, national network of science and technology resources created to support the growth and development of food & beverage businesses of all sizes by providing facilities and the expertise needed to develop new products and progress from idea to commercial success.