Here’s what some of our members have to say about belonging to the Chamber: 

“The Chamber provides that essential connection between local (and sometimes international) businesses.  It offers an excellent opportunity to expand your network and is constantly working to see Nelson business thrive.”

  • Andrew McGlashen
  • McGlashen Pharmacy, Richmond

“The work the Chamber offers in fostering local businesses, guest speakers, networking opportunities, and keeping members updated with relevant legislation changes is of tremendous value.”

  • Karen Stratford
  • Aflex Technology (NZ) Ltd

“The Chamber offers great support for tradespeople. The bigger organisations are there to support the smaller business. I would certainly go to the Chamber for help as my business grows and I need advice in specific areas.”

  • Sean Thurlow
  • Ground Power Electrical

“For what you get out of it, the Chamber is cheap to join. And despite what some people think, it’s not really aimed at big business. It’s very suitable for small businesses that want to grow and need to know what is going on in the business community around them.”

  • Paul Brockie
  • Absolute Energy and Brockie Renovations

On Business Building Block workshops:

“Excellent discussion of points and concerns raised by the attendees very responsive. Very topical and relevant.”

  • Kathy Lloyd
  • Waka Kuata Ltd:

“Fantastic, thank you! Course content was relevant and applicable to all industries.”

  • Angela McGrath
  • New Vision Landscapes Nelson Ltd

On entering the annual Business Awards:

Supreme Business Winner 2018:

“Entering the business awards was about measuring our business. We thought we’d been doing not too bad a job but wanted to test this. The entry process forced us to take a long hard look at ourselves and we picked up bits that may have otherwise been missed.”

  • Jason Monopoli
  • Orange Dog

Supreme Business Winner 2017:

“Getting down on paper what’s been in our minds for the business has provided real clarity for our business goals, and we would encourage anyone thinking about entering to do it. Just make the time early and it will be a worthwhile exercise.” 

  • Eva Maureau
  • Abel Tasman Canyons

Datacom Innovation Award Winner 2017:

“Highly recommend entering the Chamber Business Awards. A great chance to take a deep look at your business. The team are so friendly and helpful and put on a stunning Awards night event. Winning the Datacom Innovation Award 2017 is very exciting for me at Heke Homemade Herbals. Thank you!”

  • Emma Heke

Nelson Environment Centre 2021

“It’s been a fantastic way to promote our organisation in the community - and winning the inaugural Wakatū Incorporation Environmental Award was the icing on the cake! It’s been great to receive both the positive feedback and support from the community as people heard us on the radio and helped celebrate the win over social and print media too!"

Joanna Pahl, Funding Coordinator, Nelson Environment Centre, Wakatū Incorporation Environmental Award winner 2021