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Dear Guest

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that ENC remains your local point of contact for any business-related concerns you have for your business or others during this time. We are funded by Waimakariri District Council and Hurunui District Council and we are here to provide assistance in navigating support and connections to resources, tools and expertise. This week we have also engaged Mel Skinner, based in Kaikōura, to extend our work to Kaikōura businesses. 

If we can be of any help, please reach out.

Kind regards,

Heather Warwick, CEO

How ENC Can Help Your Business

Our team work across all industries and are adapting our services to respond to your business needs when tackling the impacts of COVID -19. There are a number of ways to access support from ENC:

  • Our team offers one-on-one assessments to understand your business’s immediate and short term impact. To arrange an assessment with our team email

  • We can help you arrange a funding contribution to access professional advice and support from approved advisors through the RBP Advisory Fund. To find out more or make an appointment with our team to access this funding, email  PLEASE NOTE: In order to access support funding channels from our team you will need to register with the RBP. Our team can assist you with this or you can get started yourself, which may speed things up a little. Make sure you have the GST or personal IRD number associated with your business on hand and then visit the RBP website to register. It will only take about 5 minutes. 

  • Looking for staff? We can help you by listing your vacancies for free on our website and sharing any urgent vacancies via our Facebook page and/or weekly newsletter. To list your job on our website fill in this form.

Latest Business Information & Updates

  • The Ministry of Social Development is looking to connect their registered job seekers with current vacancies. If you have vacancies that need filling, lodge your information with MSD here and their dedicated team will work to connect relevant job seekers with your vacancies. 

  • Work the Seasons is another free job vacancy advertising opportunity for businesses. Originally set up as a seasonal job seekers/advertisers resource, it is currently in the process of being opened up to other industries to assist with job matching during COVID-19. 

  • The Government last week devised a plan for foreign nationals to safely exit the country. If you have staff who fall into this category, find out more about the Government's plan here.

  • Manaaki is a new online platform that allows small businesses to get advice and answers from prominent business experts across a wide range of industries. Find out more or ask your question here.

  • Business Mentors New Zealand is hosting a free online presentation tomorrow (Thursday, April 9th) from 12pm - 1pm entitled Cashflow Management for Small Business in Crisis. In this session, Shelley Magic from MYOB and Richard Abel from Accounting and Taxation Centre Limited will join Craig Garner, Business Mentors New Zealand Chief Executive, to share practical cashflow management advice for small businesses. Register here >> 


  • North Canterbury businesses are being encouraged to sign up on SOS Cafe - a website that enables consumers to purchase a voucher for their favourite local business to use once the business is allowed to start operating again following the lockdown. In the meantime, businesses will receive the funds from the vouchers, giving them income at this difficult time. Initially targeted at eateries, the website is now expanding into other services. ENC's own Alissa Miller also managed to get SOS Cafe to create a North Canterbury location on the site, making it easier for consumers to find businesses in our area. Check out the website and register your business here >>   


News from ENC

  • ENC is asking North Canterbury businesses that are currently able to provide delivery of non-food essential items during the lockdown to notify us so we can add you to an essential providers list. The list will be published on our website and regularly updated so that we can promote your business and products to the wider community. To add your business to the list please fill in this short form. If you are a food & beverage business, please see the next item in our newsletter. 

  • ENC is inviting all local food and beverage businesses to register on the new North Canterbury Food & Beverage online directory. The directory will initially sit on the ENC website and serve to connect the local community with food and beverage producers and providers. Long term, the directory will be transferred to a dedicated North Canterbury Food & Beverage website that will form part of an initiative to further promote and connect the region's F&B sector. Register on the directory here >> 

  • Visit Waimakariri has launched  #inspireyou to encourage locals to engage with and be inspired by the local community during lockdown. As well as promoting online events and classes that are happening during lockdown, #inspireyou will publish recipes from local eateries, encourage photo sharing of our beautiful region and help to inspire domestic travellers as they plan their trip to Waimakariri post-lockdown. Follow along on their website and Facebook page.


Good News

With all the uncertainty and bad news circling around, we're including a good news story each week to help keep the spirits up and to share stories of local businesses doing great things or thinking outside the box. If you have a good news story about your North Canterbury business, please get in touch with to discuss ways we can get your story out to the public. This week - PT on Pankhurst:

A desire to boost physical and mental wellbeing while helping clients maintain an exercise routine prompted Laura Organ of PT on Panckhurst to move her classes online after the lockdown. 

Keep reading to find out the benefits for all involved
Story written and provided by Gina McKenzie of Real Communications.

Contact ENC

As always, Enterprise North Canterbury is here to support and provide advice to businesses in North Canterbury. Our Business Support team is working tirelessly to respond to all enquiries from local businesses, helping people to access the information and support that they need at this difficult time. 

We would like to take the time to thank our generous sponsors. Like you, these sponsors are businesses facing uncertain times. Their support to date means that ENC can continue to support and provide assistance to North Canterbury businesses like yours.