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The Covid-19 crisis has really sharpened everyone's focus on supporting local. ENC is working with our local producers and retailers under the brand of MADE NORTH CANTERBURY to put together a special Christmas hamper to showcase a range of food and beverage products from throughout the region. We encourage you to order one or more for your clients or staff this Christmas, highlighting our diverse food and beverage sector while keeping the money local.

The latest North Canterbury Business Opinion Survey results showed local business confidence has increased from net -59% in May 2020 to net -10% in October. It also showed that while local businesses are still slightly pessimistic about the next six months they have a far higher positive outlook than NZ as a whole which has a net -39% confidence compared with our net -10%. The region has experienced fewer closures, fewer redundancies and more new businesses than was expected when the Covid-19 lockdown started, and 35% of surveyed businesses have even seen their business grow as a result of Covid-19. Take a look at the full survey here.   

For those businesses still having difficulties, a reminder that there is some Covid-19 funding still available and we encourage you to apply as needed. 

Kind regards,

Heather Warwick, CEO

Business Headlines


Local Business News & Updates

  • We're on the hunt for amazing business images! At ENC, part of our role is to promote and celebrate businesses in the area and inspire others to establish their business here in North Canterbury. To do this, we can think of nothing better than using amazing photos of our existing local business community. If you have professional-quality, high-resolution images of your business that you are happy to permit ENC to use in our marketing, please email them to
    We will use these on our website and online marketing, and will attribute every photo to your business. We can't wait to see what you've got!

  • ENC Sponsor Ara is inviting North Canterbury businesses to advertise any job opportunities they may have, free of charge, on their online job board: CareerHub. CareerHub opportunities are emailed automatically to relevant students, graduates and staff to alert them and encourage them to apply. Ara is also running daily ‘employer lunchtime sessions’ 12-1pm for employers to come onsite to promote their organisation and opportunities to students. This has proven so popular over the past few weeks that more sessions have been added. The sessions are available at Ara's Madras St campus or their Trades campus - both in Christchurch. To advertise on CareerHub click here. To book an employer lunchtime session email  

  • ENC Sponsor Ravenswood has donated a total of $31,000 to Community Wellbeing North Canterbury Trust. The money - comprising a $5,000 initial donation and $26,000 from a portion of section sales - will help CWNCT support local families requiring support due to Covid-19. What an amazing contribution!

  • Congratulations to the three North Canterbury businesses who have been nominated as finalists in the 2020 Canterbury Hospitality Awards: Rangiora Smokehouse (Emerging Chef Award); Black Estate (Outstanding Wine Experience Award and Outstanding Regional Establishment Award); and Greystone Wines (Outstanding Wine Experience Award and New Venue/Establishment Award). Good luck for the awards on November 2nd! To support your favourite North Canterbury nominee, submit your People's Choice Vote here.

  • Congratulations to all the North Canterbury wineries who took home medals and trophies at the recent New Zealand International Wine Awards, including Mud House, Greystone and Mount Brown Estates (Double Gold!). View the full list of winners here

  • Mount Brown Estates also took home a gold medal at the New World Wine Awards, while Waiata and The Crater Rim each scored two golds. Congratulations all. 

  • Another notable wine win: 27Seconds has taken home Gold in the Alpine Pacific Wine Challenge for their Pinot Gris. Well done!

  • A round of applause for Rangiora's Fools of Desire cafe which has received a 2020 Travellers' Choice Award from TripAdvisor. Amazing work, team!

  • Congratulations to Waikuku's Catherine Dalton Photography for receiving a Bronze Award in the Documentary category of the recent Rise Interntational Photography Awards. Well deserved. 

  • Cheviot Rest Home has taken home the Aged Advisor Best Aged Care Facility for the fifth consecutive year! An incredible achievement - well done.

  • And Percival Street Bakery placed 7th in the inaugural Bakel's Sausage Roll Competition. A notable placing, with a total of 606 entries. Congratulations!

  • Did you catch North Canterbury's own Grown on Hyundai Country Calendar recently? If not, here's the link. Check it out!


A Special Mention


A special shout-out goes to Meridian Energy this month. Meridian Energy are not only silver sponsors of ENC and founding sponsors of MADE NORTH CANTERBURY, but they always go out of their way to support us in helping North Canterbury businesses.   

They’re even offering to review your power plan, at no cost. Chances are they can make you a fantastic deal or help you find ways to be more efficient in your power usage (like they did for us!).   

So if you’re keen to review your power usage and spend, contact Caitlin Donnison and tell her you got a nudge through the ENC newsletter. She’ll see you right.  


Business Training & Events

Nov 10 | Kaiapoi | FREE

Got a great idea for a product, service or business? Here's your chance to have a free, private one-on-one with Te Ōhaka’s startup incubation manager. Te Ōhaka - Centre for Growth & Innovation is the high growth startup hub for Christchurch and Canterbury. Book a 30-minute session, come along and tap into their expertise and networks to give yourself the best possible chance of success. Find out more or book below.

Dec 2 | Kaiapoi | FREE

Your financial information can tell you a lot. Even simple calculations provide key information which will help you plan and manage your business finances. When you’ve sussed this you can spot problems before they become serious and see opportunities for growth. So if you don’t know your Profit & Loss from your Balance Sheet, come and join legendary business training guru Stephen Caunter for this free event sponsored by ENC partner ANZ.


Business Tips & Advice

  • Are you a sole trader struggling with debt? MBIE has released this helpful article with handy information, resources and tips to get you back on track. 

  • With more people looking for work and fewer migrant and temporary workers available due to Covid-19, the Government is streamlining the Skills Match Report process so employers can find out more easily if New Zealanders are available for jobs. The Ministry of Social Development has created lists of occupations and regions where there is a clear over or undersupply of New Zealanders on Jobseeker Support.  Visit the MSD website for more info or to view the lists

  • MBIE has revamped its cashflow forecaster - a super handy online tool to help you figure out your cashflow situation to better manage your business. Check it out here

  • ENC Sponsor BDO released a whitepaper earlier this month entitled Risk in 2020: Insights for Kiwi Businesses, which unpacks their global risk assessment and highlights the key issues for New Zealand businesses. Download it from their website.

  • If you're in the throes or the planning stages of pivoting your business take a minute to read this article from MBIE on tools to help you turn things around.


ENC Sponsor Profile

Ravenswood is a residential and commercial development in the Waimakariri District offering family living at an affordable price, with all the benefits of a thriving community. Residential development is forging ahead at a rapid pace, with Ravenswood's first residents already enjoying their brand new homes and sections selling as fast as they come up. The Ravenswood commercial development is also well underway, with some businesses already operating and many more opening soon. We would like to thank Ravenswood for their long-term, ongoing sponsorship of ENC, which enables us to continue to support North Canterbury businesses. 

For available sections or commercial opportunities, contact Ravenswood today 


Welcome to...

A huge welcome and congratulations from ENC to all the new businesses that have opened since our last newsletter:

  • Amberley Pies has opened up on Markham Street, Amberley selling delicious, fresh pies, sausage rolls and real fruit icecream. Mmmmm. Welcome to the district. 

  • Botanical Beauty Therapy opened their doors on Williams Street, Kaiapoi earlier this month. Check them out for all things beauty therapy. 

  • The clever team at Alpine Jet Thrills has a new offering: Alpine Airboats, running scenic airboat trips on the Waimakariri River - a New Zealand first! Congratulations on the new venture.  

  • Temple - Christchurch Technology Services is a North Canterbury based (don't let the name fool you) IT solutions company servicing clients Canterbury-wide. 

Did we miss anyone? If you know of a new North Canterbury business that we have failed to acknowledge, please let us know


Your Online Tip

Keep your Website Safe
With a recent increase in both online shopping and sophisticated cyber-attacks, now is the time to ensure your business website is secure. Cert NZ have produced this handy checklist outlining all the things you need to know, do and be aware of in order to keep your business, your information and your customers safe online.

Business Service Partners

ANZ North Canterbury has three local Business Specialists to assist you with all your banking needs. They all live and work locally and are involved in the community. They can meet you in branch, the local café, or at your business premises. For a specialist business banking team with local knowledge contact ANZ today.

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.