Construction and Trades

From managing health and safety and meeting best practice standards to finding and retaining staff, there is a seemingly endless list of logistical issues which businesses in the trades and construction sector have to deal with. Our advisers have a wealth of knowledge, encompassing everything from best practice guides for working at height and managing hazards in the workplace to employment agreements and drug and alcohol policies.

Advice and consultancy

From information and advice on employment law, retention, performance management and disciplinary matters to assistance with employment agreements and help finding quality workers, our team draw on their extensive knowledge of Canterbury’s business environment to ensure organisations can attract and retain staff who will complement their business and contribute to the overall success of their enterprise. For further information email Melicia Clough or Keith Woodroof or call 03 366 5096 .

The Chamber has health and safety consultants who can provide you with assistance with any health and  safety requirement including - tailormade health and safety systems, in-house consultancy and training and pre-audit reviews for ACC discount programmes. For any health and safety advice email Helen Mason, Steve Cooper or Alan Boswell or call 03 366 5096.

Training and Events

The Chamber provides public and in-house training covering all aspects of health and safety as well as workshops and seminars covering strategies to movtivate staff, project management and supervision and leadership training. Check out over 140 training courses and events specific to all aspects of business in our Training and Events Calendar. To receive our fortnightly Upcoming Training & Events e-newsletter please email Mary Botting.

Safe Rebuild Canterbury

If you want to work with any of the Project Management Offices (PMOs), you'll need to meet their health and safety standards and complete a pre-qualification process. Our experienced Chamber health and safety consultants can help with FREE health and safety training through 'Safe Rebuild' and can provide health and safety management systems developed specifically for the rebuild. For further information email Helen Mason or Steve Cooper or Alan Boswell or call 03 353 0304.

Resources (samples and guides)

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

  • HR - employment law, recruitment and retention, HR policies, performance management, disciplinary process, migrant settlement
  • Operations - health and safety, best practice guidelines
  • Finance - cashflow, debt management
  • Sales - customer relationship management
  • Business strategy - strategic planning

Visit our Resources 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. To learn more visit our Capability Assessment page, or email Shirley van Waveren - or call 03 353 0316.

Publications and Communications

Health and Safety Update - a monthly e-newsletter which includes the latest news, health and safety issues and important information and tips to assist all health and safety personnel. Click here to sign up for this newsletter.

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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