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Dear Guest

This week sees the country moving into Alert Level 3, which for some North Canterbury businesses has meant a huge amount of work in order to prepare and open under unprecedented circumstances. We would like to acknowledge the hours and effort put in by local businesses and their staff to make this happen, and hope that all our local residents will reward this effort by shopping locally wherever possible. 


We are also pleased to report a very good uptake of the ENC Professional Services Grant to date. It is not too late to get expert cashflow forecasting advice for the coming months. We encourage businesses to apply now to ENC as this grant is a limited amount for a limited time.

Yesterday MSD announced three new initiatives to fast track unemployed people back into jobs. This includes an online recruitment tool for employers and job seekers ‘Keep New Zealand Working’ online upskilling courses like the Free Health Course with NZQA standards; and 35 new employment centres across New Zealand. 

We continue to encourage you to make use of what is on offer including the NZTE Regional Business Programme that ENC delivers in Waimakariri, Hurunui and Kaikōura. We are here to guide you through the Government offerings and make you aware of the support available.

Kind regards,

Heather Warwick, CEO

Support Local - What's Open?

What's open? It's the question of the week! Here are some links so you can find out and support local businesses:

Latest Business Information & Updates

  • The Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network has allocated additional funding through the RBP COVID-19 Advisory Fund to support North Canterbury and Kaikōura businesses during this time. Businesses can access the fund to pay for one-on-one advice and support in matters of HR, health & wellness, business continuity planning or finance & cashflow management. To be eligible for funding, businesses will need to have registered on the RBP Platform. One of our team from ENC will contact you. Funding will be at the discretion of the Growth Advisors with the aim to provide funds to as many eligible businesses as possible. Find out more here, or if you have registered on the RBP Platform email the ENC Growth Advisors to arrange a phone appointment. 

  • MPI has released some very thorough information on re-opening or making changes to a food business under Alert Level 3

  • ENC has renewed calls for funding to develop the Wheels to Waipara cycle trail as it looks to support local businesses beyond lockdown. Read the full article on page 5 of the North Canterbury News here.

  • New government funding has enabled The Chamber - as part of the BusinessNZ network - to extend its business helpline to all businesses within Aotearoa New Zealand. Advice available via the freephone number - 0800 50 50 96 - includes specific advice and how to access Government-funded business support, advice on what changes in Alert Levels may mean for your business, general business advice and access to online resources and connections to business advisory services. 

  • ENC sponsor BDO is hosting a free Back to Business Webinar Series every Thursday for 6 weeks. Although it started today, there are still five more webinars in the series. Definitely worth a look. Find out more or register here.

  • If you missed the Lane Neave Immigration webinar last week, entitled The New Normal: New Zealand Immigration Law During and After COVID-19, you can watch it here

  • ENC sponsor Ara is running a free online webinar series starting Friday, May 1 at 11am. The first topic will look at Creating Resilience from the Past and will look at what Ara has done as a large employer to stay resilient and connected to industry over the last 10 years as the business and economic landscape has changed due to game changing events. Find out more or register here

  • Don't miss The Chamber's next business webinar: Keeping Cybersafe Outside the Office. This free webinar is on Friday (May 1). Find out more or register here.

  • Steve Wilkinson of The Alternative Board is offering eight North Canterbury businesses a FREE comprehensive programme called 'Get Your Business Back on its Feet in 4 Easy Steps'. The series comprises four two-hour long Zoom sessions across four weeks and would best suit business owners who can attend all sessions, have a revenue of $750,000 to $10m, more than five staff, and who will be returning to ‘business as usual’ at some point in the future but need to reassess and or restructure their operation or offerings in order to successfully achieve this. To enquire or reserve a space phone Steve Wilkinson on 021334 203 or email him on

For answers to more of your questions, visit our dedicated COVID-19 page for links to accredited and updated information for businesses. For answers to more general information, visit the Government COVID-19 website.  

The Local Workforce

  • The Ministry of Social Development is asking employers looking for staff or jobseekers looking for a vacancy to register on the Work & Income website. MSD will then work to connect employers and jobseekers. Find out more or register here

  • Looking for staff? ENC can help you by listing your vacancies for free on the ENC jobs website and sharing any urgent vacancies via our Facebook page and/or weekly newsletter. To list your job on our website fill in this form.

  • The latest wage subsidy and income support information from the Ministry of Social Development can be viewed here.

Good News

With all the uncertainty and challenges circling around, we're including a good news story each week to help keep the spirits up and to share stories of local businesses doing great things. If you have a good news story about your North Canterbury business, please get in touch with to discuss ways we can get your story out to the public. This week - North Canterbury Wine Region.

Lucky enough to be granted essential service permission during COVID-19 Alert Level 4 and beyond, many of North Canterbury’s wine producers have moved their sales online in a bid to keep their wine (and income) flowing. To consolidate this effort, the North Canterbury Wine Region has launched a new online shop page on its website. 

Read the full story here >> 

Contact ENC

As always, Enterprise North Canterbury is here to support and provide advice to businesses in North Canterbury. Our Business Support team is working safely from home, responding to all enquiries from local businesses in order to help people access the information and support that they need at this difficult time. 

We would like to take the time to thank our generous sponsors. Like you, these sponsors are businesses facing uncertain times. Their support to date means that ENC can continue to support and provide assistance to North Canterbury businesses like yours.