Business Strategy

We advise local enterprises on strategy, helping them with everything from growth plans and cash-flow forecasts to support with funding applications. We also provide in-house training, tailored to the specific requirements of your operation, which are ideal for up-skilling your entire team and which can cover anything from health and safety, leadership and conflict resolution to team development, professional selling and effective communication skills.

Advice and Consultancy

Members of The Chamber are able to access a wide range of business strategy advice and information from our experienced advisers. For more information email Shirley van Waveren or ring 03 335 3186.

Training and Development

Public and in-house training courses on leadership and supervision, strategic business planning and maximising your business for the future. Check out over 140 training courses specific to all aspects of business in our training & events calendar. To receive our fortnightly Upcoming Training & Events e-newsletter please email Mary Botting.

Resources (samples and guides)

The Chamber has over 100 resources, free to members, covering all aspects of business operation. In particular the business strategy resources cover the following areas:

  • Change management
  • Crisis mangement/Disaster recovery
  • Government/Advisory board
  • Restructuring
  • Succession/Exit Planning
  • Strategic Planning

Visit our Business Strategy resource page to access sample documents and quick guides.

Business Assessments

The Chamber is a Regional Business Partner and a first point of contact for businesses to access business assistance in Canterbury. Regional Business Partners are responsible for the delivery of specialist services, support and funding to enhance business capability and grow business investment in research and development. The Chamber is responsible for assessing local businesses and directing them to courses, advisors, information and other public and private services that meet their particular development needs and may be partially funded via a Business Capability Voucher. For more information visit our Capability Assessment page, or email Shirley van Waveren or call 03 353 0316.

Grants and Funding

The Chamber is the Technology Regional Business Partner for Canterbury. The New Zealand government offers a full range of co-funding assistance designed to encourage improvement in the capability of existing businesses. The grants are administered through Callaghan Innovation and are focused on improving growth, innovation and research and development. To learn more visit our Technology Regional Business Partner page, or email Rob Lawrence or call 03 353 0307.

Global Expert is a subsidised Government service committed to assisting businesses with locating technology experts and expertise through connections with national and international research organisations and consultants. Global Expert can connect companies to experts who can assist with market-related or technical challenges. To learn more visit our Global Expert page, or email Rob Lawrence or call 03 353 0307.

Wage and Salary Survey

What's happening in your region and what should you be paying your staff?

You could be paying too little - and risk losing staff; You could by paying too much - and wasting money


The Employers' National Wage and Salary Survey is a credible, national data source covering salary and benefits for over 200+ positions and across multiple sectors. The information provided by New Zealand employers is constantly updated and accessible online providing you with the confidence to make key decisions around remuneration levels within your organisation. Click here to learn more.

Member Savings

Doing business with our members makes good sense. The Chamber provides a range of member discounts and special offers from our key national partners and local Chamber supporters enabling members to save money on a range of services including - banking services, recruitment, telecommunications, motor vehicles, auto rental, office products, health insurance, fuel and appliances. Visit our Member Savings page to learn more.

Publications and Communications

Update magazine - distributed quarterly to Chamber members free of charge. Tackling current issues and featuring regular columns from key business leaders. Click here to receive the next issue.

The Latest Word - a fortnightly business update e-newsletter from CEO Peter Townsend's desk. Click here to sign up to receive this newsletter.

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