Dear Guest

As 2019 draws to a close we at ENC are reflecting on all the achievement this year including many new businesses opening and some significant new projects announced for the future. 

The ENC Business Centre celebrated its fourth anniversary this month thanks to the ongoing generosity of our sponsors who make it the successful local asset that it has become. We are truly grateful for their support that enables us to share this resource with our local business community. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the innumerable local businesses that we have assisted at different stages of their journey. 

Finally I want to thank my team. They have worked hard and with integrity. They are looking forward to their well deserved break over Christmas and New Year’s. However, the Kaiapoi i-SITE is only closed Christmas Day and Sundays. 

From all of us here at ENC, have a very merry Christmas and a relaxing holiday season.  

Kind regards,

Heather Warwick, CEO

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Local Business News & Updates

  • A huge thank you to everyone who turned out for our last networking event of the year on November 21stIt was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, generously sponsored by Meridian Energy and kindly hosted by The Port & Eagle Brewpub

  • Have you seen ENC's new business resource page on Social Enterprise? This is just one of our many useful resource pages providing free information, contacts and resources on a wide range of business topics. Check them all out here >> 

  • Construction has begun on the multi-use sports facility in Rangiora, which will be a fantastic asset to the local community and a catalyst for business growth. 

  • Congratulations to Black Estate Wines for their recent accolade: Cuisine Magazine's Best Winery Restaurant 2019!

  • Two Kaiapoi businesses were acknowledged in the recent Avenues Magazine A-List awards: Red Eight Cafe won Best Cafe and CRAZE fashion boutique was voted runner up in the Best Retail Experience award. Congratulations!

  • Congratulations also go to Laura Organ of Woodend's PT on Panckhurst who, along with project leader Rebecca Logan, won The NZ Register of Exercise Professionals Award for their work on a project at Sport Canterbury. The award is presented to a role model who reflects the ethics and values of exercise professionals in New Zealand.

  • North Canterbury based Happy Cow Milk recently reached its equity crowd funding goal of $400k in just 8 hours! To find out what's happening next with this company, check out founder Glen Herud's recent article on The Spinoff website 

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

  • Rangiora-based Amazin Graze are up and running, creating incredible visual feasts with their stunning grazing tables for all your special occasions. 

  • Amuri Estate Accommodation, Wedding & Event Venue has opened its doors in Hanmer Springs. Book in now to secure this absolutely stunning event venue for your big day.

  • A belated welcome to Visualised which offers beautiful art, greeting cards, sculptures, jewellery and other hand-made items as well as craft classes twice a week from their shop in Pound Street, Amberley. 

  • Deb's Private Driving Service has been operating for a while now, providing personalised transportation services throughout North Canterbury, from medical appointments to shopping trips to airport transfers and more.

  • North Canterbury Rivers to Ranges has opened its doors in Rangiora's High Street, stocking all your hunting, fishing and outdoor equipment. 

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

Residential and commercial development Ravenswood is located half and hour north of Christchurch and offers family living at an affordable price, with all the benefits of a thriving community. The North Canterbury development has had a huge year, with homes being built, land being sold and commercial and retail developments underway. ENC is proud to partner with Ravenswood and is grateful for their ongoing support.
Find out more about Ravenswood here >> 


For some it's the location, for others, the ease of doing business, the sense of community or the amazing work/life balance. Whatever the reason, hundreds of business owners have chosen to set up and operate their businesses in the Waimakariri District. Each month we sit down with a local business owner to find out Why Waimakariri? 

Why Waimakariri: Country Villa Estate

A visit to Ohoka in the Waimakariri District was all it took for Laetitia and John de Vries to realise they had found the location of their dreams. The couple were so enamoured with the location that they wanted to share it with the world, so in March 2019 they opened Country Villa Estate - a boutique bed and breakfast.

Discover all the reasons they chose Waimakariri for their business journey in our Why Waimakariri profile >>


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Social Media Ideas for New Year's Eve
Wondering how to engage with your customers via social media on New Year's Eve? The team at Noisy Little Monkey have created this list of Social Media Ideas for New Year's Eve so you can plan ahead, schedule your posts and then head off and celebrate like everyone else!
Read the full post here: 

Business Service Partners

Long-term partners of ENC, North Canterbury Business Services is aimed at providing the local help and support you need to succeed, letting you focus on what you do best: supporting your customers with products and services that are your expertise. They provide specialist support and coaching to help start-ups and businesses across Canterbury establish a solid foundation, overcome challenges and perform at their best.

Get in touch with North Canterbury Business Services 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.   


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