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

Trees: What is their value to your farm?

Thursday 22 July, 10.00am to 3.00pm

A seminar to understand the potential economic benefits of planting trees on your farm.

The seminar will cover:

• The principles in understanding the place of trees within farming systems

• The purpose of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) in supporting land-use integration

• Environmental benefits of trees on farm.

Registrations are essential. Please register by 19 July to

A light lunch will be provided. 

The Beer Game Supply Chain Simulation Workshop

Wednesday 28 July. 9.00am to 1.30pm - Great South, Invercargill

The Beer Game© is a business process and supply chain simulation that highlights issues that can arise in traditional supply chains. It does not involve any actual beer!  

Best suited to managers that have responsibility for parts of a supply chain, this is a hands-on experiential course, designed to inspire and engage. It enables participants to better understand themselves and how they can improve and integrate an internal and external supply chain. Participants will gain significant understanding of the root cause of supply chain problems and will be empowered to make lasting change happen.

A range of Lean principles are discussed and demonstrated including:

 - Supply chain integration
- Sales & operations planning
- Planning & scheduling
- Teamwork & communication
- Strategy execution
- Supply chain performance
- The Lean wastes
- Plan-Do-Check-Act improvement cycle
     - Cost impacts of supply chain disruption

Cost $250+GSTpp  -  morning tea provided

To register: please email before Friday 16 July

Into the Future - lunchtime session with Kevin Biggar

Tuesday 10 August, 12.00pm to 1.00pm, Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill

Great South presents a lunchtime session with Kevin Biggar - Transatlantic Rower, author, and businessman, as seen on TVNZ’s ‘First Crossings’.

The future is uncertain. Rather than trying to predict it, why not prepare to thrive in whatever the future holds?!

In this FREE presentation, former management consultant Kevin Biggar talks about coping with change and how to break personal limits to take on tough challenges.

Illustrated with his extraordinary personal experiences, from winning the trans-Atlantic rowing race and being part of the first kiwi team to trek unsupported to the South Pole, Kevin provides tangible advice about how to break procrastination habits, how to be smarter about failure, how to work together better as a team, why we take on big goals in the first place, and about the mindsets and techniques needed to persevere through setbacks.

Doors open at 11.30am for a light lunch.

Email to secure your spot!

Hear from the experts - Callaghan Innovation

Thursday 12 August, 12.00pm to 2.00pm, Great South, Invercargill

Join us for a free information session with Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand’s innovation agency, and discover how they can help your business. They provide research and development grants, help solve technical challenges and provide funding that allows upskilling in innovation, such as Lean, Digital Lean and Innovation IP.

Great South delivers services on behalf of Callaghan Innovation and helps Southland businesses to access this support. The Great South business team is happy to talk about support for your business any time!

Presentation till 1.00pm, followed by a light lunch and networking.

This information session is FREE, however registration is required.

Please register by Thursday 5 August to secure your spot. Email

Carbon in Business workshop series

  • Introductory workshop
    Gain awareness and knowledge of the global low emission transition and what it means for your business

  • Baseline calculation workshop
    Establish a baseline of your businesses' current emissions to inform future strategic decision making

  • Emissions reductions strategy workshop
    Set targets, and create a strategic plan to help you achieve them

Great South also facilitates a Carbon in Business alumni group where Southland businesses on the low-emission journey can share knowledge, find accountability, and solve common problems collaboratively.

Register your interest in attending a future workshop with:

For further information and to register your interest contact:

Fore more information about Great South's Carbon Neutral Advantage Programme visit: 

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  
  • Digital Lean
    Digital Lean is a capability-building programme that will boost your business’s competitiveness and performance. It uses proven Lean thinking methods to implement Industry 4.0 technologies. You will have access to a Digital Lean service provider to help you build capability over a maximum 12-month period
  • Capital Education
    Resources to help businesses understand the equity capital raising process in New Zealand. No matter what age or stage your company or innovation is at, these resources offer expert advice on how to raise the capital needed to build a thriving business - even in a COVID-19 impacted environment.
  • 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 

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