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Dear Guest

Some very welcome news was announced by the Government last week outlining a $40 million allocation to the Regional Business Partners Network. As Waimakariri, Hurunui and Kaikōura’s delivery agent for this programme, this announcement means ENC is able to provide further much-needed support and funding to our local enterprises. This comes not a moment too soon after our region, between central government, Council funding and professional services firms, has already provided over $207,000 of funding to more than 303 enterprises impacted by COVID-19 and a further $32,800 for 58 businesses to receive cashflow forecasting advice. This just-announced Covid-19 Advisory Funding will be available to continue to support enterprises that are viable but vulnerable. For eligibility and application information please visit our website.

Local businesses have welcomed MSD Rangiora Work Broker and now ENC Employment Specialist Michelle Becks with open arms. Michelle is playing a pivotal role in linking a talented pool of job seekers to those businesses currently hiring. We are also providing redundancy seminars to outline the types of work and training opportunities available through the many Government employment schemes. Our partnership with MSD in the past has proven very successful and this time will be no exception. 

I encourage you to approach ENC for advisory funding and employment support. We have a talented team to work with you at this time.

Kind regards,

Heather Warwick, CEO


Business Headlines


Local Business News & Updates

  • Thank you to everyone who turned out for our recent Business Networking Function at Lacebark Function Centre. A great evening was had by all and the information provided by our panel of speakers was very well received. If you missed out or you wish to refresh your memory, the presentation notes from the evening are now available on our website. A huge thanks to our sponsors and hosts for a successful event. 

  • The North Canterbury Business Opinion Survey was released by ENC last month, highlighting the effects of Covid-19 on our local business community. Find out more and access the full survey here.

  • ENC Sponsor Ara Institute of Canterbury is hosting a range of Digiboost Webinars throughout July and August covering basics on Excel, Google Docs, Google Slides, Outlook and effective presentations. Find out more or register on their website (scroll down to the Ara Digiboost Webinars section).

  • Construction of Ravenswood Stars Nursery and Preschool in the Ravenswood commercial area is progressing well and they are expecting to open in September or October this year. To pre-register children, phone 021 1094019. To find out more go to

  • Construction of New World Ravenswood is about to get underway, promising to create 80 jobs in the District. Gull has also confirmed it will be joining Ravenswood with construction expected to start this month. 

  • The Ministry of Social Development NZ is partnering with DairyNZ and Federated Farmers to address immediate labour shortages in the dairy and rural sectors. This includes a FREE three-week Farm Ready Training programme for those looking to enter the industry. For more information visit their website. Federated Farmers are also providing support for employers of new farm workers. Find out more here.

  • Applications for the Waimakariri Event Fund are opening on August 1st. If you are starting a new event or trying to grow an existing event in the Waimakariri District, ENC and Visit Waimakariri invite you to apply for the August funding round. For details visit the Visit Waimakariri website or contact Lucy Harvey on 03 327 5735 or The Waimakariri Event Fund is provided by the Waimakariri District Council and administered by Enterprise North Canterbury


Business Training & Events


Our next Talk with the Experts session is with Muritai Group; experts in communications and marketing strategy. Sit down with Lee for a no-obligation meeting that will give you an opportunity to work out what your next steps are in marketing your business.

Secure your free space today >> 

Our ever-popular Supervising & Managing Others course is back! Book now for the October intake of this practical workshop-based series with Victoria Barkway that will give you skills and techniques you can use immediately to effectively manage staff. 

Find out more or book your space >> 


Rangiora Promotions' Last Wednesday Club is on this week: July 29th from 5.30pm. RSVP to Belinda by Friday 24th


Business Tips & Advice

  • Redundancy processes, support and assistance are top of mind for many in the current economic environment. There are some great resources out there to support both employers and employees through this process. We recommend this article on Surviving Redundancy by recruitment and HR specialists Mclaren, as well as Employment New Zealand's comprehensive Workplace Change Process Outline, which also focuses on how to support staff during any workplace change including redundancy. 

  • If you need to bring staff in from overseas at the moment, Immigration New Zealand has compiled a comprehensive outline of the criteria and request process for doing this. Read it here >> 

  • The Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Act 2019 came into force on 28 June this year. The law allows employees in triangular employment situations to include a third party to a personal grievance they have with their employer. Find out more on the Employment NZ website >> 

  • The Government has made short term changes to NZ temporary work visas. These include six month extensions for employer-assisted temporary work visas, a delay to the 12 month stand-down period for lower-paid workers and some essential skills work visas being reduced to six months. For details and more information visit the Immigration New Zealand website.

  • myNZTE is a new free online portal from Te Taurapa Tūhono | New Zealand Trade and Enterprise offering curated, in-depth information and guidance to help New Zealand exporters navigate their export and capital raising journeys. myNZTE is packed with research, insights, market guides, short courses and more. Check it out here


Welcome to...

A huge welcome and congratulations from ENC to all the new businesses that have opened in recent months: 

  • Empire Athletics is North Canterbury's premier cheerleading and tumbling facility offering a number of popular classes in Rangiora.
  • North Canterbury Sunday Market is open every Sunday at Rangiora Racecourse with numerous stallholders and live entertainment.
  • Active Explorers Kaiapoi is the newest childcare centre in the nationwide Active Explorers chain. Welcome to the District.
  • Better Half Kitchen and Bar opened back in March on SH1 in Leithfield. We've heard great things about this new eatery! 
  • Pure by the Barrelman has also been operating since earlier in the year, producing beautiful wooden products from recycled wine barrels with a zero-waste philosophy. Check them out online or at many of our local markets. 
  • R U Peckish mobile coffee and food is now located at the NPD station in Rangiora on weekdays and at various markets and events in the weekends.
  • The Auto Parts Farm is a new North Canterbury operation specialising in the salvage and recycling of used auto parts.
  • Youtrition is a Kaiapoi-based nutrition specialist working in weight loss, gut health, IBS and mental health. Welcome to North Canterbury.
  • Rangiora Smokehouse (which opened in March) has been getting rave reviews since they reopened post-lockdown. Check them out in central Rangiora. 
  • Purple Chair Home & Living is a treasure trove of pre-loved goods, sewing and hobby supplies and natural health items. Pop in to their new store on Charles Street, Kaiapoi.
  • Incensed Star Signs create handmade gift boxes for each star sign from their Rangiora base.
  • The new NEST Arts Collective aims to support and promote the creative practice of makers and creators in North Canterbury through events, workshops and shared gallery spaces.
  • Aroha Glass creates beautiful 'works of glass inspired by life' from Pegasus. Keep an eye out for their upcoming workshop. 
  • Summit Garage Doors has opened for business in Cheviot, offering garage door installation, servicing and repairs.
  • St John Rangiora Op Shop recently opened its doors on the corner of Ashley and Blackett Streets, raising money for St John through the sale of second-hand clothing and homewares. 
  • French’s Detailing is now open in Kaiapoi, offering full car grooming services with all the bells and whistles.
  • Jonie G's Guilt Free Chocolate is another new North Canterbury business, crafting beautiful chocolate with a zero net carb natural sugar.
  • Buzzy Biz Honey producing a range of top quality honey products out of Waikuku. 
  • Build7 North Canterbury is the latest branch of the Build7 group, providing quality building with a focus on your design dreams. 
  • The Collective Kaiapoi in central Kaiapoi has a fantastic selection of arts and crafts from a wide range of local artists. 
  • Canterbury Rural Maintenance are here to help you complete, repair or assist with any rural maintenance you require. 

Did we miss anyone? If you know of a new North Canterbury business that we should mention in our newsletter, please let us know!  


ENC Sponsor Profile

Misco Joinery specialises in the design and manufacture of kitchen, laundries, wardrobes and study areas and has built up a solid reputation for quality and great customer service throughout the South Island. They have been supporting the North Canterbury community from their purpose-built Kaiapoi premises for years, and ENC is proud to have had their support as a sponsor since the establishment of the ENC Business Centre. 


This month we would also like to welcome our newest Bronze Sponsors:

Ara operates Rangiora Ara Connect which is a satellite campus offering a range of courses that you can study close to home or office. If you're looking to upskill to enhance your business skills or for professional development for your staff, Rangiora Ara Connect can help with practical courses in computing and business.  


Brannigans is a People Solutions Consultancy tailoring bespoke solutions for businesses across the country. Proudly Christchurch owned and operated, they deliver Executive and Governance appointments, Recruitment services, People Solutions, including HR and People Strategy  and Leadership Development and Coaching.

Thanks to Ara and Brannigans for coming on board to support North Canterbury business!


Your Online Tip

Why Personal Branding is So Important

Curating your personal brand is more important than ever as job opportunities become more scarce and career changes more likely. Christchurch-based social media specialists Rebel Influence has created this great blog post explaining what a personal brand is, how to improve one and why you should bother. Check it out here >> 


Business Service Partners

To grow a business, your marketing needs to work harder than ever before. You need the right combination of smart strategy, deep understanding of your end buyer and a brand story that opens all the right doors. Muritai Group is a marketing, branding and communications agency based in Christchurch. 
Get in touch with Muritai Group today for all  your marketing, branding and communications needs

This month we would also like to welcome back Success Factor as a Business Service Partner. Success Factor specialises in working with new business set-ups including single-person enterprises, small and medium businesses and those who have an idea or concept and want help validating their business idea. Find out more or contact Success Factor here.

And welcome to our newest Business Service Partner, NPower Business Solutions. NPower helps New Zealand businesses and organisations plan for emergency situations so they expect the unexpected, and survive no matter what lies ahead. Find out more or get in touch with NPower Business Solutions here.

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.   


Book Your Next Business Event

The ENC Business Centre in central Kaiapoi offers a modern, spacious, purpose-built conference room ideal for your next meeting, training or social function:
  • Full day: $295+GST
  • Half day: $195+GST
  • 2 Hours: $95+GST