Workshops and Training Programmes

Local opportunities to increase skills, knowledge and capability in your business

Great South can connect your business with training workshops and opportunities that will build capability and increase the pace of innovation. 

Upcoming workshops

Digital Marketing Courses - 16 to 18 February 2021

Can customers find you? And are you making the most of the opportunities that are available for your business in the digital world?

Join Darren Craig, of Fully Charged Media for a FREE workshop on real-world, proven, digital marketing training.

You'll learn what is important and why in the digital space, and how you can best tackle the right area for your business depending on the stage you’re at.

Also covered will be common digital pitfalls to watch out for, the essential digital foundations that are missed in the majority of online presences and the answers to many questions you did not know you should be asking!


Tuesday 16 February, 11am to 3pm, St John's, Balclutha
Wednesday 17 February, 11am to 3pm, Heartland Hotel Croydon, Gore
Thursday 18 February, Invercargill (course now full)

These workshops are FREE!

Registrations are essential. Please RSVP to by Tuesday 2 February and mention which location you wish to attend to secure your spot! 

Business Process Improvement Course - 10 & 11 March 2021

A two-day course providing an accelerated introduction into Lean Thinking. The tools and processes you'll learn could lead to a full organisational transformation.

Learn how to:
- promote growth
- reduce costs and inefficiencies
- engage all staff on an ongoing basis

Attend yourself, bring a colleague or send a team from an area of your business to workshop their own internal processes.

Workshop programme:

Session 1
Lean management overview
Programme identifying and eliminating ‘waste’ (The Seven Wastes)
Introduction to value stream mapping (VSM)

Session 2

Managing change/managing opportunities for improvement (OFI)
System lean leadership supporting and sustaining a lean business

To book your spot email

Cost: $1,150+GST per person 

Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 March
Great South, 143 Spey Street, Invercargill
9.00am to 3.00pm

Thriving Through Change & Uncertainty - 18 March 2021

After what was a challenging 2020, Great South is hosting this workshop to equip you with the skills to face any future challenges and uncertainty.

While our brains cope with change reasonably well in most situations, it is more of a struggle when we are faced with a significant degree of uncertainty, especially when it is ongoing. In times like this, it is helpful to be aware of your typical habits, routines and rituals and whether they are helping or hindering you. It is easy to get stuck using habits that provide short-term relief but are unhelpful over the long term. This workshop focuses on evidence-based tools and techniques that (when practiced and applied regularly) make a positive difference to peoples’ lives. These tools calm the threat response, broaden perspective, increase perspective taking and boost performance and creativity.  

This workshop will focus on five critical skills to cope well with change: 

1. Calm the nervous system
2. Hunt the good stuff
3. Manage worry and rumination
4. Practice acceptance
5. Focus on what you can control

Thursday 18 March
Level 6, Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill
10.30am to 2.30pm
Lunch included

This workshop is FREE, however registrations are essential. 

Please email by Thursday 11 March to secure your spot!

Training Programmes

From improving performance and eliminating inefficiencies, through to accelerating software and product development we can connect you with suitable training programmes including:

  • Better by Lean 
    Eliminate waste in your business and improve your customer’s experience  
  • Build for Speed 
    Accelerate software product development and deliver successful project outcomes  
  • Driving Innovation
    Change cultures and mindsets, unchain product development and increase your pace of innovation 
  • Innovation IP
    Identify your IP assets, manage them strategically and maximise their value 

Many of these programmes are subsidised or are eligible for funding so contact one of our Business Growth Advisors below for more information: 

For more information, please contact the Great South Business Growth Advisors at 

Let's be GREAT together

Sign-up to our mailing list and stay updated with our work in Business, Tourism, Sustainability and Events.