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Dear Guest

With the latest Covid-19 news, it’s understandable to feel a bit apprehensive about what is around the corner. We want to remind you that we are here to support you and your business. For us, it’s about building a resilience both in our businesses and community.

You will see from our newsletter that we have a lot of exciting announcements. One of our proudest achievements is the launch of our provenance brand MADE NORTH CANTERBURY and the website showcasing our amazing food and beverage businesses. MADE NORTH CANTERBURY is proof that working together as a collective, as a community, is a powerful and unifying experience. 

We have also announced the date for this year’s North Canterbury Business Awards and opened nominations. We adore this event and its ability to bring our community together to celebrate each other’s achievements.   

Finally, we say farewell to Jim Palmer, CE of Waimakariri District Council. Jim has been an Advisory Trustee on the ENC Board for 17 years. The board, management and the team want to thank him for his leadership and wisdom.

Kind regards,

Heather Warwick, CEO

Business Headlines


Enterprise North Canterbury has officially launched the region's first food and beverage provenance brand. MADE NORTH CANTERBURY was launched today with the release of its new website “We’ve had so much interest from our local food and beverage producers wanting to get involved with this initiative,” says ENC Food & Beverage Business Development Manager Alissa Wilson.
Find out more about MADE NORTH CANTERBURY in the full story here >> 


Local Business News & Updates

  • It is with much excitement that ENC announces the opening of nominations for the 2021 North Canterbury Business Awards! The awards ceremony will take place in August, but for now we are inviting YOU to nominate any North Canterbury business that you think is greatWe will then contact the nominated business and encourage them to enter the awards. After the rigors of last year we all need a reason to celebrate and support our local businesses, so submit your nomination now!

  • Welcome to the new Chief Executive of Waimakariri District Council, Jim Harland, who was appointed last month. Jim will start his new role in late March following the departure of current Chief Executive Jim Palmer, who has held the position for the past 17 years. We wish a fond farewell to Jim, who has worked very closely with ENC during his time at Council. 

  • The ENC Board held a strategic planning session last week and had guest presentations from Benje Patterson | People and Places and Emma Higgins from Rabobank. Benje's presentation can be viewed here. Emma's can be viewed here.

  • ENC Sponsor Ara have brought back their popular 'bite-sized' Excel Webinars in 2021. Covering everything from Excel Basics through to Pivot Tables, Charts and Formulas, there's a short course for anyone wanting to improve their Excel skills. To view the full list of courses, times and costs visit their website and click on 'Computing'. Or email for more info.


Business Training & Events

Talk with the Experts
February & March

Get free business advice with our upcoming Talk with the Experts sessions: 

Feb 24Success Factor Consultancy & Coaching Chat with Debs Taylor-Hayhurst about all things business planning, growth and success. 
Mar 3: Book in for a free session with Brannigans to discuss HR, staffing, restructuring or recruitment.


Supervising & Managing Others

Starts March 8th

Focusing on practical skills and techniques that you can put into action straight away this popular course is aimed at first time managers/supervisors, or established managers looking to refresh their skills and focus.

Secure your space before you miss out! 


Virtual Reality H&S Training
March 10th

Join ENC Sponsor, Brannigans, for an introductory demonstration of a new training product using the best global virtual reality software. Skills VR delivers health and safety training that is more effective, more fun, and take takes less time to implement.


Business Tips & Advice

  • MBIE has produced this timely article outlining some great tips for building resilience and supporting mental wellbeing amongst small business owners during all the uncertainty that Covid brings. It includes links to some great resources and helplines too. 

  • The Climate Change Commission has released its first package of advice to Government to help Aotearoa transition to a climate-resilient and low emissions future. The Chamber has put together a business-focused summary of points which you can read here. Whether you are looking to gain clarity on the implications on business, grow awareness of the vital role your business can play, or have your voice heard, The Chamber has a range of opportunities available:

    • The BusinessNZ and Climate Change Commission consultation event is a free event in Christchurch on February 17 (tomorrow!) from 2pm. This is your opportunity to hear directly from the Commission’s Chair Rod Carr, Chief Executive Jo Hendy and representatives from their technical teams – and to have your say on what climate action will look like for Aotearoa. Find out more or register here.

    • The Carbon Zero Series is a three-part live webinar starting February 24th (or on demand in your own time) and is designed for people in business who are wondering where to start when it comes to playing their part in reducing emissions. Find out more or register here.

  • The Government has announced an expansion to the Flexi-wage scheme, with applications now open. Read the full story here.

  • If you're in your first year of running a business you may be eligible for a tax discount when you file your tax return. Find out more and exactly what you need to do with this article from MBIE.

  • Digital Boost is an incredible new initiative from MBIE and The Mind Lab, providing free courses in all things digital for small New Zealand business owners. Take a look and sign up here

  • The Government recently announced a new Covid-19 Resurgence Support Payment to help businesses directly affected when there is a move to Alert Level 2 or above for one week or more. The payment would include a core per-business rate of $1500 plus $400 per employee up to a total of 50 FTEs ($21,500). Firms that experience a 30% drop in revenue over a 14 day period will be eligible. Read the full announcement here

  • The Government has also announced the new Short Term Absence Payment for businesses whose employees cannot work from home whilst awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test. Employers can apply through the Ministry of Social Development for $350 per employee. For full details visit the MSD website

  • Changes were made last month to the criteria for those applying for the Small Business Cashflow (Loan) Scheme (SBCS). The new criteria covers the date that a business or organisation was established, the decline in revenue test, the employee number test and re-borrowing. Visit the IRD website for all the details of and criteria for the SBCS

ENC Sponsor Profile

PLC Group is a North Cantebury based business with over 50 years combined experience of building and developing in the Waimakariri area. Specialists in property development and construction, commercial leasing, projecting consulting and feasibility, PLC Group has strong ties to the local area and a breadth of knowledge around local projects and opportunities. PLC Group has been supporting ENC and North Canterbury businesses for many years and we are grateful for their ongoing support.  

Find out more or get in touch with PLC Group today >>  


Welcome to...

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

  • Richard's Secondhand Shop in Amberley, selling all manner of antique and and secondhand treasures every weekend from 10am - 4pm. 
  • Hanmer Landscape Supplies opened in November in Jacks Pass Road, Hanmer Springs. They supply (and deliver) quality landscape materials. Congratulations on your new venture. 
  • Rivers to Ranges has moved from its original High Street location to a newly fitted out premises beside The Warehouse, further along High Street. Head down and check out their new space. 
  • Larsen's Art & Sign are also in new premises at 98 Williams Street Kaiapoi, and have expanded their business to include acrylic laser cutting and fabrication.
  • Glen Christini is the new franchisee for Pukeko Rental Managers in the North Canterbury area. Get in touch with Glen for all your rental management needs. 
  • The Pottery Place has opened in the Kaiapoi Mill on Ranfurly Street. As well as their shop full of beautiful ceramic wares they offer classes in pottery and candle making. Welcome to the district!
  • Also in Kaiapoi we welcome Kelly Ann Floral who produces beautiful fresh and dried floral arrangements and has a number of floral arrangement classes teed up this year. 
  • Hummingbird Events & Decor was launched in January. They create customised balloon towers and also hire out statement decor pieces for your party such as balloon numbers, easels, custom signage, backdrops and more. 
  • And welcome to Lawn Views: A new garden maintenance business in Kaiapoi providing all your lawn and garden maintenance needs.  

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


Business Service Partners

Corcoran French

Corcoran French are a team of local lawyers offering effective solutions and peace of mind for you and your business. "You have a small to medium sized business - the backbone of the NZ economy. You face various legal challenges. Because we're in the same boat, we understand. You desire practical advice. You need effective solutions. You want peace of mind."
Contact Corcoran French 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.