Business in North Canterbury

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 offer training, networking functions, free assessments of business skills, job search and often have several specific on going projects dealing with broadband, agribusiness, district promotions and much more.

WDC Presentation - LTP

Patoa Farms - South Island Farmer of the Year

 WDC Breakfast presentation LTP March 2015

Jim Palmer, the CEO of the Waimakariri District council presented the draft long term plan and 30 year infrastructure strategy for the district at a light breakfast hosted by ENC on 25 March.

84 attendees listened to Jim as he explained the priorities for the council and how they will affect residents and businesses. This was followed by a question and answer session and then informal networking.

Submissions close on 7 April if you wish to have an input.

Find out more about other ENC events.

 Patoa Farm, South Island Farmer of the Year award

ENC would like to congratulate Patoa Farms for winning the South Island Farmer of the Year award.

In our dealings with Patoa we have found them to be very professional.

They won the Exceptional Employer award at the North Canterbury Business Awards back in 2010 and are going from strength to strength.

Farmsource opens in Culverden

The new Fonterra owned Farmsource opened its 2nd retail outlet in Canterbury yesterday in Culverden. This is great news for North Canterbury business. It sends a signal of confidence in our region and our farming industry. "Milk is the life blood of Fonterra's operation" Stuart Grey, the head of Co-operative Affairs in Canterbury, said and our customers love this concept of a cooperative linking back to the farm"

The new premises has a large retail area, meeting spaces and drop in spaces (for coffee/tea). Visit Farmsource and meet the local based team.

Latest Infometric and CAM Reports

Current Local Business Confidence

The latest Infometrics for the Waimakariri economy is available with several key points highlighted.

The latest Commerical Accommodation Monitor (CAM) report is also available for both districts.

In November ENC sought the views of a range of businesses in North Canterbury on the economic & labour market situation.

Please read the update prepared by ENC and BDM.

For your interest past surveys are also available

Business Attraction - Where Business Belongs

The Town Centres of Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Woodend, Pegasus Town and Oxford have had town centre strategies adopted that set out the vision, key themes and specific strategy actions.

ENC has also developed a helpful guide for businesses considering the Waimakariri as an option - Where Business Belongs can be downloaded or contact us to post you a copy.

ENC Business Partners

ENC has developed a Business Partnership with Business Service Providers who are offering their skills and expertise to those in North Canterbury. Currently we are featuring the following trusted partners: -

Baldwins Intellectual Property

Baldwins, and its associated law firm Baldwins Law Limited, specialise in providing intellectual property advice to our clients.

More information on Baldwins Intellectual Property >>

No.8 HR

Our focus is to help you run your business more efficiently and maximise people performance. Our advisors can help reduce your time input and maximise your business performance using their considerable expertise in recruitment and HR strategies.

More information on No.8 HR >>


We help you improve the way you do things so you increase your success and gain better insight on how to grow your business in a sustainable manner that does not burn you out. We can offer advice or actively help you remove some of the road blocks, the choice is yours.

More information on BusinessPalz >>

Find out about the benefits and how to join ENC's Business Partnership >>