Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC) is the economic development agency for North Canterbury. ENC works alongside businesses and people to develop an innovative and prosperous region. We operate the ENC Business Centre, offer business training, networking functions, a wide range of business support services including free assessments of your business needs, local job vacancies and so much more. Please explore our website to discover how we can help you and your business thrive in North Canterbury.

North Canterbury Business Awards Back for 2016

We are delighted to be running the North Canterbury Business Awards again this year. This biennial event is a chance to recognise and celebrate the diverse and dynamic businesses of our beautiful region. Winners from 2014 reported many benefits to entering the awards, from increased brand awareness to more motivated staff and a direct boost in sales. 

 Winner - New Emerging and People's Choice - Miss Lilly's Boutique Cafe at the North Canterbury Business Awards

Winner - New Emerging and People's Choice - Miss Lilly's Boutique Cafe

Winner - New Emerging and People's Choice - Miss Lilly's Boutique Cafe at the North Canterbury Business Awards

10, September 2014
We want to encourage North Canterbury businesses large and small, old and new to consider entering the awards. So, on the evening of the 5th May we are holding the launch cocktail function for the business awards at The Flat White, Pegasus. This event is open to all businesses and is a great opportunity to find out more about the awards and exactly what is involved in entering. We will be announcing this year’s categories and hearing from the sponsors and some of the 2014 winners who will be sharing their experience of entering the awards and the benefits it has brought them. 

To attend this free event please register online

Need To Know Law Changes for Business Owners

Both health and safety and employment legislation have seen several amendments in the last week. For business owners it’s vital to be aware of the impact these changes may have on your business. The amendments to employment law came into effect on the 1st April and include:

  • Parental leave extended to 18 weeks and a wider range of employees are now eligible
  • The demise of ‘zero hour’ contracts
  • A minimum wage increase of 50 cents to $15.25 per hour
  • Changes to the Holidays Act
  • Changes to the Wages Protection Act

Meanwhile, the Health and Safety Act has also had an overhaul and the changes came into place on the 4th April. The new law is aimed at reducing workplace accidents and requires everyone in the workplace to be aware when it comes to working in a safe way. In the wording of the new legislation you must do all that is ‘reasonably practicable’ to ensure safe working practices. 

We want to help local businesses ensure they know what this new legislation means for them. So our next networking event is focused on employment law updates with a presentation from the experts at Corcoran French. We also have a Health & Safety Changeover workshop coming up in Kaiapoi and one in Culverden next month.

If you require some support or advice with regards to the new legislation and its impact on your business, contact Miles Dalton our Business Support Manager.

You can also check out our business support resources page that includes several relevant links.

Waimakariri District Promotions

ENC operates the Kaiapoi i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and currently has the Visit Waimakariri WDC promotional contract.

Visit Waimakariri promotes our unspoiled district to the domestic and international traveller. They also produce the very extensive and popular Waimakariri Events calendar that showcase some of the 650 events held annually in the Waimak.

  Find us in our temporary premises... 
Raven Quay, P.O. Box 80,Kaiapoi 7644 
Phone: 03 327 3134 
Open 364 days...  
Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5pm 
Saturday - Sunday 10am - 4pm 
Public Holidays: 11am - 4pm (closed Christmas Day) 

The Kaiapoi i-Site Visitor Information Centre provides expert local knowledge and can also help you with bookings for accommodation, activities and travel within New Zealand.