CEO comment 2 November 2020

02 November 2020

Virginia webThe Otago Southland Employers’ Association will merge with the Otago Chamber of Commerce to form a unified business membership organisation in the near future.

The now-confirmed merger entails OSEA and OCC becoming joint founding members of a new incorporated society.  The society is now being governed by an interim board that will oversee merger operations.

The two organisations will officially begin working together almost immediately.  The newly merged entity will continue to provide the services currently provided by OSEA (and OCC) across Otago and Southland under their existing names – so you will still see the OSEA/OCC name used for the foreseeable future.

No decision has been made regarding the name of the new organisation, on which we will be seeking member feedback.

There will be no changes to membership fees until at least 30 June 2021.

The OSEA has been serving and supporting business in the south for 130 years, and OCC for 159 years.  Just as businesses must adapt to change, so must the organisations that serve them.  This evolution will enable us to better serve our members and increase member benefits.

We look forward to building a strong, unified organisation that not only continues the work the OSEA/OCC has done to support business in the region for more than a century, but builds on it.

We will keep you updated on progress and invite you to contact us if you have any questions about the merger or are concerned about how it might affect your business.

Please join us in Dunedin and Invercargill on Wednesday 11 November 2020 from 3pm – 4.30pm for the free member Export Outlook zoom seminar.  There is a lot happening on the world stage, from FTA negotiations with the EU and the UK, Brexit a USA Presidential election and a NZ election.  Join us to hear about these topics and also to hear from our Ambassador in South Korea, Philip Turner.  You can find the agenda here.  You can enrol here.  At the end of the presentation, please join us for refreshments.

Join OSEA, Presbyterian Support Southland and this event is kindly sponsored by ILT for a White Ribbon breakfast.  White Ribbon was formed opposing violence to women.  Please come along on Wednesday 25 November from 7.30 am - 9.00 am at the Ascot Park Hotel.  Click here to register.

BusinessNZ is seeking your feedback on the impacts on your business of the border closure, border exemption process and criteria, and immigration settings.  Please take this survey here.

The latest BusinessNZ podcast update with CEO Kirk Hope is available here.  This centres around the result of the election and what business would like to see from the new government.

As always any feedback is welcome.

Ngā mihi nui \ with kind regards,


Virginia Nicholls | CEO |

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