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Dear Guest

As we approach the end of 2020, there is much to reflect on. Here at ENC we are celebrating the resilience and support of one another that our local business community has shown in what has been one of the toughest years in recent times. This was reiterated in the recent Infometrics Quarterly Report which showed consumer spending is up despite all predictions, and other areas of the local economy are doing better than expected. 

This Christmas we are choosing to continue to support our local economy by shopping local, and we encourage you to do the same. If you're looking for a delicious gift or something to share with all the visitors over the holidays, MADE NORTH CANTERBURY has released a list of Christmas deals, packs and specials from some of our local food and beverage producers. Grab them before they're gone!

The ENC offices will be closed from December 24th until January 11th, giving our hardworking team a well-earned break. The Kaiapoi i-SITE will be closed on public holidays, but will otherwise be operating their usual hours of 9am-5pm weekdays and 10am-3pm Saturdays. 

Merry Christmas from the Enterprise North Canterbury team, and best wishes for a prosperous 2021. 

Kind regards,

Heather Warwick, CEO


Business Headlines


MADE NORTH CANTERBURY has compiled some of the best Christmas offers from North Canterbury food & beverage producers so you can #shoplocal with ease this Christmas. 

The latest Quarterly Economic Monitor from Infometrics shows that the Waimakariri District is faring better than expected on the back of Covid-19, with consumer spending up on last year.


Local Business News & Updates

  • ENC Business Support Manager Miles Dalton is looking for land for a special project that would benefit North Canterbury. If you have a small area of land that fits all of  the following needs, that you are willing to sell or lease, please email Miles:
    • No further than 90 minutes from Christchurch
    • No nearby neighbours
    • Not under a flight path
    • Easily accessed by trailer
    • Able to be connected to internet (cellphone coverage is fine)
    • A flat piece of land, 1000m long that could be used for a runway(ideally E-W)
    • Space for a container sized building

  • Are you a small business who has recently transformed the way you do business by adopting digital technologies or practices? MBIE may be interested to hear from you for their Digital Boost Spotlight Series of videos which will feature small businesses who have recently adopted digital tools or ways of working. This could be anything from digitising stock management process, to developing a social media presence, to selling online for the first time. Anyone can apply, but they are particularly keen to hear from businesses in the agribusiness, hospitality, tourism and export sectors. To apply, fill in the Become a Case Study form here. Or email with any questions. More information on the Small Business Digital Boost Initiative can be found here

  • New World Supermarkets and Ministry of Awesome have announced the launch of FoodStarter 2021! This time around there are two opportunities to win: one for a new food or beverage product, and the other for an existing product looking to expand their reach. If you've got an amazing grocery product, here's your chance to showcase it to the world and get it on shelves across New Zealand. Find out more or enter here before February 7. 

  • ChristchurchNZ and KiwiNet have launched the Food, Fibre & Agritech Supernode Challenge. If you have a disruptive food, fibre or agritech idea with global potential, this may be the opportunity you've been looking for. Check out their website for all the details and entry info

  • Congratulations to ENC Corporate Sponsor MainPower who recently secured naming rights of the new Stadium Waimakariri sports facility.

  • Congratulations also to Greystone Wines for their placing in the Top 100 Wine Discoveries by Robert Parker. The Greystone 2017 Vineyard Ferment Pinot Noir was one of only two New Zealand wines to make the prestigious list. Cheers to that!

  • Thank you to all the local businesses who have sent in and given us permission to use their excellent photos on our new website and marketing channels. It's not too late to send yours in if you'd like to. We're looking for high quality, high resolution images of local businesses in action - doing what they do best. This could be a shot of your staff working, your busy premises, your team or anything else that fits the bill. Email your images to, or if you don't have a specific image you'd like to send us but you're happy for us to use images on your website and social media, just let us know. Thanks to Foothills Honey for this great shot >>


Business Training & Events

Our ever-popular Supervising & Managing Others course will be back in March 2021 and now is the time to secure your space! Gain practical skills and techniques that you can put into action straight away in your role as a first time manager or supervisor. 

Find out more or book now >> 

Our 2021 Business Training Events calendar is starting to fill up already!

We've got some favourites making a return as well as some brand new courses for 2021. And our popular Starting a New Small Business online course will be available throughout summer. 

Get ahead and book your spaces now! 


Business Tips & Advice

  • A law change to the Privacy Act came into play from December 1. Businesses who collect, store or use personal information about employees or customers need to be aware of the new rules. Have a read of the details here

  • The Government's small business loan scheme has been extended to December 2023. They have also introduced new terms and conditions including no interest if the loan is repaid within two years (up from one year), and fewer restrictions on what they money can be spent on. Get all the new details or find out how to apply here.

  • If you export to or via the UK you need to be aware of trade and business rule changes due to Brexit. These will kick in on January 1, 2021. Find out all the new rules here

  • Westpac has released its economic overview for November 2020, which contains a few surprises given the year we've had. Worth a read.  


ENC Sponsor Profile

Ara Institute of Canterbury provides a variety of services to individuals and businesses in North Canterbury. Rangiora Ara Connect is a satellite campus of Ara 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. 

We're grateful for the ongoing support of Ara, first as a Business Service Partner and now as an ENC Bronze Sponsor.


Welcome to...

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

  • Seasons Fresh Food has just opened up on Charles Street in Kaiapoi selling a huge range of fruit, veges and real fruit icecream. Welcome to the district Rebecca.  

  • Hanmer Springs Hotel (formerly Heritage Hanmer Springs) will open on December 21st before undergoing a revamp next year. 

  • Love by Lia, a beautiful online baby boutique based in Oxford. Check them out for gorgeous gifts and outfits for the little ones in your life. 

  • Naked Lunches, who sell fantastic sealable, bento-style lunchboxes from their Pines Beach base. 

  • Birdies Garden Products, selling gorgeous raised garden beds of various sizes from their Australian manufacturer. 

  • KGB Grading Services offer grading and maintenance services for lifestyle properties, commercial yards, driveways and entrances. Based in Loburn they service the whole North Canterbury area.

  • The Beautician by Belle has been up and running in Arlington for a while now, offering all things beauty-related. Welcome to the district Belle. 

  • Elrose Reloved Clothes has opened up in the Gables Arcade in Rangiora, selling lovely preloved bohemian clothing and local artwork. Definitely worth a browse next time you're in town.

  • Brush Up Custom Artwork is new to the district and creates unique hand painted artwork, display pieces, vintage signage, digital logo design and more. 

  • Little Wicks Aotearoa is a new Kaiapoi-based business crafting beautiful scented candles with 100% coconut wax. 

  • Celtic Kiwiana is an online store operating from Pegasus. They bring together all things Kiwi and Celtic through their unique designs on clothing, gifts and prints. 

  • Studio Dexterity has opened its doors at The Old School Collective. This is a not-for-profit art space where you can see the artists in action and buy their beautiful creations. 

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


Business Service Partners

North Canterbury Business Services

Based in Rangiora, North Canterbury Business Services help start-ups and businesses across Canterbury and the wider South Island establish a solid foundation, overcome challenges, and perform at their best. Their services include business navigation and accounting, bookkeeping and tax support. We don't hesitate to refer any business in need of support to Matt and Belinda at NCBS - they're fantastic at what they do!

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.