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Dear Guest

The past seven weeks - since we entered Alert Level 4 lockdown - has been immensely challenging for all in the business community. Over 450 businesses have reached out to ENC for support, information and funding. I would like to take a moment to say how proud I am of the entire ENC team for the amazing support that they have provided to all North Canterbury and Kaikoura businesses during this time of need. 

One way in which we are assisting businesses is with the ENC Professional Services Grant. We have had a huge uptake and have only 40 grants left to update your cashflow forecast, which we encourage you to apply for. This will help when and if you apply for one or all of the many of the Government's business support initiatives now available including Business Finance Guarantee Scheme, the Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme, the IRD Loss Carry-back Scheme and flexibility around tax payments

The reality of Alert Level 2 this Thursday is certainly a needed boost for businesses. Under this, we move from around 75% of businesses able to operate to about 85-90%. While that’s great for many, we’re still mindful of some businesses that will take a while longer to get back business. A crucial difference is that productivity will improve significantly as social distancing restrictions ease up a little. Roll on Thursday! 

Kind regards,

Heather Warwick, CEO

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Local Business News & Updates

  • Applications are now open for government loans of up to $100,000 to help businesses, including contractors and self-employed, tackle their cash flow. Get started here.  

  • The ENC Professional Services Grant is still available for a limited time, offering $400 per eligible business for professional cashflow forecasting advice. Business who use one of ENC's five professional service partners will receive an additional $400 worth of services directly from the partner. Find out more here.

  • ChristchurchNZ is hosting a free regional tourism restart webinar on Friday. The Canterbury Regional Tourism Restart Webinar kicks off at 2.30pm and will look at  the work happening to restart and re-imagine the tourism sector with panelists such as Hon. Kelvin Davis, Stephen England-Hall of Tourism New Zealand, Richard Davies of MBIE and Joanna Norris of ChristchurchNZ. Register here.

Alert Level 2 Information

Business Webinars & Online Events

As public events and training sessions are largely on hold for the time being, we are promoting upcoming webinars and online training events from reputable sources that focus on providing useful information to business operators. For more, visit our webinars page.

Back to Business

May 14 | 9am | FREE

Episode three of BDO's six-part Back to Business series will cover resetting strategies and look at the need to review your short-term strategy and having an adaptive approach to change.

Find out more or register here.

Moving into Alert Level 2

May 13 | 10.30am | FREE

The latest in The Chamber's Critical Update series will bring together a panel of experts to address key considerations for business as the country prepares to move to a new alert level.

Find out more or register here.


Business Tips & Advice

  • recently released its Cash Flow Forecaster tool to help businesses stay on top of their finances. Check it out here

  • NZTE has created a business cash flow page on their website where you can find useful cash flow tools, clinics, webinars and information. Visit the page >> 

  • If you are looking at setting up a contactless payment system, or altering the one you've got, eftpos New Zealand has issued this helpful Guide to Contactless Payment Methods.

ENC Sponsor Profile

Meridian Energy is committed to the long term future of New Zealand. As well as generating all of their energy from 100% renewable sources like Hydro and Wind, they've got a team of really smart people. They will help you organise your power to make your business more sustainable financially and environmentally. Their ongoing support of the ENC Business Centre also shows their long-term commitment to supporting North Canterbury businesses. We're proud to partner with Meridian Energy. 

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Responsible Marketing During a Crisis

How to Pivot Your Ecommerce Marketing Plan in Times of Crisis is a comprehensive read from touching on lots of great tips for marketing online during Covid-19 (and other times of crisis). It considers what's appropriate, how you can pivot your messaging and which of your marketing channels you should focus your energy on as well as how to keep your audience engaged even if you can't see them or sell to them. 

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Business Service Partners

Corcoran French

Corcoran French are local lawyers offering effective solutions and peace of mind. Located in central Kaiapoi and with a Christchurch office, Corcoran French has over 50 employees to support you with specialist areas of law where you need it. 

About Business Service Partners 

All of our Business Service Partners are carefully vetted businesses who provide excellent services to North Canterbury businesses. We are proud to be associated with our Business Service Partners, all of whom have a proven track record in servicing local businesses. If you would like to talk about becoming an ENC Business Service Partner please download our Business Services Package or contact our Business Support Manager Miles Dalton.