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The new entity would combine the respective strengths of both highly regarded business organisations under a single structure.

Under the proposal, OSEA advocacy, employment law, health and safety and professional development services would be combined with OCCI regional and nationwide networks, export initiatives, facilitation and employment programmes under a single, unified organisation. OSEA is also a founding partner of BusinessNZ which incorporates Export NZ, ManufacturingNZ, BuyNZ Made, and the Sustainable Business Council.

The Board of Directors for both organisations believe the proposal will be supported by their members.

“We believe this proposal will provide greater advocacy, representation and quality services for businesses in Otago and Southland with the strong Chamber nationwide network and BusinessNZ", stated Andrew Leys; President of the Otago Southland Employers Association.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for members to take advantage of a broader range of training, health and safety, legal, networking and advocacy services, strong leadership and higher value business interactions. As a single entity our voice for local business will be louder and sit cohesively within the governance groups of the city” stated Ali Copeman; President of the Otago Chamber of Commerce.

A special meeting will be held where members will be asked to attend and register their vote on the proposal. Details of this meeting will be provided when finalised.


Otago Southland Employers’ Association
President Andrew Leys