Business people told to put names forward

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 05:00 09/07/2012

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The Southland Chamber of Commerce is urging Southland business people to apply for a place on the Small Business Advisory Group.

Small Business Minister John Banks is seeking 10 new members to join because the current group will finish its term at the end of this year.

The Small Business Advisory Group was set up in October 2003 to give small business a greater voice in policy development.

There are no Southland members on the board and the closest is from Christchurch.

Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Richard Hay said Southland should be represented, so members could speak up for the region.

"I urge Southland business people to apply and be part of this very important group," he said.

The group had a good reputation, with a high success rate.

"The group is a direct link from business to the Government, through a medium that is actually listened to and its recommendations implemented," he said.

Mr Hay was disappointed that Mr Banks' announcement, which he would now send out to members, was not sent directly to the chamber.

The chamber had also missed out on information from various other business associations in New Zealand, he said.

Southland businesses were not getting information, which perhaps made it look as if they were not interested but they were, he said.

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- The Southland Times

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