Dear Guest

As you're no doubt well aware, the local elections have come and gone, with many changes to our local government. A huge congratulations from ENC to all of the newly elected councillors and our new mayors, Dan Gordon in Waimakariri and Marie Black in Hurunui. We look forward to welcoming you both to the ENC Board and working with you. We also welcome Holly Sterne into her new role as Chair of the ENC Board.

We would also like to extend an enormous thank you to the outgoing mayors David Ayers and Winton Dalley for their nine years of service on the ENC Board. It has been a privilege to work with them both. 

As always, there's so much happening across North Canterbury so read on for all your local business news.

Kind regards,

Heather Warwick, CEO

Business Headlines


Local Business News & Updates

  • A world-first online marketplace launched from Leithfield last month. Maker2u online farmers’ market allows New Zealand makers of boutique food, drink and health products to sell directly to retail and wholesale buyers via their own online store within the Maker2u website. Read all about it here 

  • Hurunui District Council has appointed a new Business Connector to engage with the local business community. Read the full story here >> 

  • To fully articulate the role of ENC we've produced a helpful guide entitled ENC: A guide to Economic Development in North Canterbury. Take a look >> 

  • Visit Waimakariri has welcomed Lucy Harvey to the role of Events & Promotions Administrator. Lucy has a background in copywriting, social media and website design among other things and has a real passion for promoting the district that she calls home. Find out more about Lucy on our website >> 

  • Rangiora Promotions Association's Last Wednesday Club networking event is on  October 30th at Niche Shared Space. This month's event is hosted by Community Wellbeing North Canterbury Trust. For more info, or to register visit the RPA website >> 

  • ChristchurchNZ released their economic report last month. You can read it here 

  • If you are interested in learning more about the R&D landscape in New Zealand, including tax incentives and grants, The Chamber is hosting a free R&D breakfast event in Christchurch on October 25. Get all the details here

  • Congratulations to WHoW Charitable Trust for reaching its $125,000 fundraising target last week which will allow them to conduct the pre-feasibility study into the proposed Aquasports Park in Kaiapoi. 

  • The Waimakariri District Council (WDC) is looking to establish an Age-friendly Advisory Group to oversee their Age-friendly Plan. Madeleine Burdon, Community Development Advisor at WDC says, "We are very keen for members of the community across all sectors to become involved with the actions prioritised by the community, in the plan. There are eight key areas for people to choose from with a variety of opportunities." The full plan can be viewed here. For hard copies or more information about the group, please contact Madeleine.  


Business Training & Events

ENC is proud to bring you the final business networking function for the year, sponsored by Meridian Energy and The Port & Eagle Brewpub. This is your opportunity to network with other North Canterbury business owners in a collegial and relaxed atmosphere and hear from our guest speakers. This event is free to attend, with drinks and nibbles provided. 

Register now to secure your space.


Business Service Partner Events

ENC is proud to promote these upcoming courses held by our Business Service Partner, ANZ

If price were the only factor when buying, we would always choose the cheapest option. But we don’t. Why? We factor in other considerations like effective communication and exceptional service. This free workshop covers everything from the basics of selling to advanced techniques that can turn lukewarm prospects into successful sales.

Register Now >> 

Running a successful business is about developing sustainable profits over the long term while keeping the cash flow ticking over day-to-day. This free business workshop offers ideas on how to avoid cash flow problems by providing tips on establishing efficient systems and procedures.

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Business Tips & Advice

  • Labour Day, Canterbury Anniversary Day, Christmas... they're all approaching fast. Now is the time to ensure you have your head around your employees’rights when it comes to public holidays and annual leave. Brush up on the facts with this info from Employment New Zealand 

  • New Zealand Food Safety has introduced new rules for food businesses to make it easier, faster and more affordable to meet your business requirements. Get all the info you need here. 

  • If you are supplying accommodation or food in addition to or in exchange for work,there are employment, tenancy and tax rules you need to be aware of. This article from MBIE breaks it all down so you can be sure you’re following the law.

  • We enjoyed reading this helpful article: 9 Things I Wish I Knew When Starting My Business in September’s NZBusiness Magazine.

  • C-Prize 2019 is now open for entries. C-Prize is a competition run by Callaghan Innovation. This year they are looking for teams with world-leading innovative solutions to environmental problems.C-Prize 2019 teams will compete for cash prize packages, access to expert R&D and business advice, and significant international market exposure. Find out more here


Welcome to...

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

  • Waikari Kitchen opened way back in September (sorry we missed you!). Located in the former Waikari Tearooms premises, they offer a drool-worthy array of freshly made food seven days a week. 
  • Silver Prints Fingerprint Jewellery who opened in Rangiora recently, all the way from Hong Kong!
  • NPD has opened a brand new 24/7 self-serve fuel site on Lineside Road in Rangiora. 
  • Le Verdure Organics opened on October 1st in Good Street, Rangiora offering organic groceries and beauty items. 
  • Shine Hairstylists and Shoe Therapy Kaiapoi have both opened their doors in the Riverview Retail Complex. Welcome to the neighbourhood!
  • Personalised Passenger Services is up and running, servicing the North Canterbury region with transportation and tours. 
  • Kells Kitchen Homemade has opened in Amberley, offering all sorts of deliciousness!
  • Regenerative Business Development is a new Rangiora-based business consultancy. Welcome to North Canterbury. 
  • Black Estate Wines have opened their new Winery Room at Netherwood Vineyard for private lunches, business meetings and group hires. Looks amazing!
  • Arlington Storage is now open, offering brand new secure storage options on Huntingdon Drive, Rangiora.
  • Drs Jonie and Michael Girouard of Silverstream's Girouard Centre have recently launched Girouard Nutrition, with the release of their own natural sugar substitute. 
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

ENC Silver Sponsor BDO is a full-service accounting, audit, tax and advisory firm. With 11 partners and 100 staff, BDO Christchurch prides itself on offering local knowledge, New Zealand industry expertise with a national and international network of skills to draw on. As well as their generous ongoing sponsorship, BDO facilitates the popular Accelerator Business Growth Series at ENC, and has provided a number of helpful videos on a range of business topics, free for anyone looking to start or further a business. 

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? 

When North Canterbury physiotherapist Lucie Hartfield and her husband Don Shore were looking to open a unique rehabilitation centre, they knew they wouldn’t have to look far for the perfect location. And while their rural Ohoka setting is the bees knees, the pair has discovered many other benefits to setting up business in Waimakariri. 

Read on to find out what Lucie and Don love about doing business in the Waimakariri District >> 


Your Online Tip

Prep Your Holiday Posts Now!
It's only two months away and things are only going to get busier, so now is the time to start planning your social media posts for the Christmas period. The key here is scheduling. 

This article from Virtual Assist is a quick read covering 4 Ways to Manage Your Social Media over the Christmas Break 
Get your social posts sorted now and you'll have one less thing to worry about come December.

Wondering what to post? Here's some tips for Crafting the Perfect Christmas Facebook Post from Digital Stack to get you started.

Business Service Partners

Based in Rangiora and Amberley, IT Simply are passionate about North Canterbury and love providing support and services to businesses in the region. As well as their standard managed IT Service offerings they also assist clients with software selection and system integration. For IT solutions that deliver tangible business outcomes while reducing cost and improving efficiency, contact IT Simply today

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Business Service Partner, PIC Insurance Brokers100% New Zealand owned and operated with around 100 employees throughout New Zealand, their brokers are salaried, not chasing commissions, so they focus on delivering the best outcomes for their clients.
Contact Moira Kemp at PIC Insurance Brokers 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.   


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