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ENC remains committed to using every tool at our disposal to maintain North Canterbury’s momentum and support our region, its enterprises and people to manage the impacts of Covid-19. ENC has now distributed more than $225,000 in grants to over 260 enterprises, connecting them with specialist professional services advice to help them respond. We have only 20 cashflow forecasting grants left to distribute before the 19th of JuneEmail us if you need a $400 grant to get a new cashflow forecast updated that you can use when talking to the bank or Inland Revenue.

ENC has partnered with MSD in the past and we are grateful to have Michelle Becks from MSD join our team, commencing Monday 8th of June to work directly with those employers who may be looking to decrease their staffing levels and those seeking to employ more staff. Michelle has extensive knowledge of North Canterbury and the new government schemes available to employers and will act as a conduit to inform and connect them to the support available to them. Government funded but delivered locally.

ENC has also been busy been leading two significant projects for North Canterbury: The Aquasports Park in Kaiapoi has moved one step closer to reality today and the Wheels to Waipara cycle trail has made the top 800 projects being considered by the Crown Infrastructure Fund.

It was great to see the buzz in our towns and villages over the long weekend and with NZ dropping to Level 1 ‘as fast and as safe as possible’ we should see a lift in hospitality and retail trading. Do continue to get out and enjoy what our two districts have to offer, we live and do business in a wonderful part of New Zealand.

Kind regards,

Heather Warwick, CEO

Business Headlines

An Olympic-level Aquasports park is one step closer to calling Kaiapoi home after the concept gained support from Waimakariri District Council (WDC), who will provide a short term lease on former red zone land so the project can continue to progress. 

Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC) Chief Executive Heather Warwick says the project has the potential to be a huge boon for the local economy. "Having been pivotal in bringing this project to Waimakariri, ENC is thrilled to see it progress closer to a reality with the support of WDC."


Business News & Updates

  • The Wage Subsidy Scheme finishes next week on June 10. Eligible businesses still requiring wage support can apply for the Wage Subsidy Extension between June 10 and September 1. Eligible employers need to apply for the 8-week extension once their employees' initial 12 week wage subsidy finishes. Find out more about the Wage Subsidy Scheme and the Extension eligibility on the Employment New Zealand website and the Work & Income website.

  • Applications for the Government's Small  Business Cash Flow Loan Scheme are also closing next week (June 12). For more information and to apply, visit the Inland Revenue website

  • There is now a nationwide Covid-19 Business Helpline set up to field enquiries that will help businesses navigate the support available to them.  The number for South Island businesses is 0800 505096

  • Remember that ENC remains your local business support team and can be contacted on anytime for personalised business help.

  • Applications for the new Income Relief Payment Scheme open on Monday (June 8) and may be available to anyone who has lost their job due to Covid-19. There are a number of eligibility criteria including how many hours you previously worked, how much (if any) redundancy pay you received, how much your partner earns and more. For details of the eligibility criteria, the amount available and the application process visit the Work & Income website

  • The Government has unveiled a temporary amendment to the Property Law Act so that if tenants and landlords can't agree on a fair rent price, they'll have to enter taxpayer-subsidised compulsory arbitration. Find out more here

  • MBIE has released the latest regional factsheets which provide an insight into New Zealand’s Covid-19 response at a regional council level. View the Canterbury regional factsheet here.

  • ChristchurchNZ kicked off its new Pivot to Domestic Programme recently, which aims to support all Canterbury businesses in shifting their business to capture the domestic tourism market. North Canterbury businesses are invited to join the programme, which includes free webinars, one-on-one business support and mentoring, and bespoke support from MBIE and Tourism New Zealand. Find out more and register here

  • If you're yet to set up your business' QR code poster in conjunction with the Government's NZ Covid Tracer app, here is a step-by-step guide on How to Create your QR Poster.

  • Tourism New Zealand launched it's new domestic tourism campaign last week. Do Something New, New Zealand aims to encourage New Zealanders to explore their own backyard and support the tourism industry as it struggles with the effects of Covid-19. Find out more on the Tourism New Zealand website, or head to Visit Waimakariri or Visit Hurunui for holiday ideas in our own backyard. 

  • Have you discovered the NZ Story Tool Kit yet? This government initiative provides professional, royalty-free images, videos, presentations, infographics and other resources to help all New Zealand industries bring their stories to life for offshore markets. Check it out here

  • The University of Canterbury has started a subsidy initiative to support employees and businesses facing Covid-19 related redundancies, suspensions or reduction in working hours. With a nomination from their employer, an employee may be able to access up to $7,500 to subsidise tuition fees on a range of selected certificates, diplomas and degree level qualifications. Find out more here

  • $20.2million has been apportioned to RTOs for domestic tourism marketing as part of The Government's Tourism Sector Recovery Plan. Read Tourism New Zealand's response here.

Business Training & Events

Wage Subsidy Extension

June 5 | 10am | FREE

The latest in The Chamber's Critical Update series will provide information on the Wage Subsidy Extension and COVID-19 Income Relief Payment featuring a panel of experts to address key considerations for business when applying for the extension. 

Find out more or register here

Make Remote Working Work

June 5 | 10am | FREE

The latest in the WellingtonNZ Regional Business Partner Network series will look at how you can make remote working work for your business as we consider alternative office and location options following our home-office stints during Covid-19. 
Find out more or register here. 


In Local News

ENC Sponsor Profile

Hazeldine Construction has been successfully operating in North Canterbury for almost a decade. In that time the business has developed into a 25-strong team that is proud of its achievements in residential, commercial and lifestyle construction. Hazeldine Construction has been a long-term sponsor of ENC and we are ever-thankful for their ongoing support.

Your Online Tip

Free Marketing Toolkit

Christchurch-based CI Marketing has put together a really handy (and free!) toolkit that covers all the basic components of developing a marketing strategy; something that is key to all businesses as they look to the future after the changes wrought by Covid-19. Visit the CI Marketing website here to view all the marketing toolkit videos and resources they have put together, or follow them on Facebook to catch all the new content they release. 

Business Service Partners

IT Simply

Based in Rangiora and Amberley, IT Simply is passionate about North Canterbury and providing IT support and services to businesses in the region. The IT Simply team designs IT solutions that deliver tangible business outcomes and can also assist their clients with software selection and system integration. 
Get in touch with IT Simply today for all your business IT needs


We would also like to welcome Success Factor who has recently returned as an ENC Business Service Partner. Find out more about Success Factor here


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