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.

The Future of the Heartland

Patoa Farms - South Island Farmer of the Year

Sound Science, cutting edge technology, wedded to a deep and abiding respect for the land.  That was the message which came across resoundingly at the Forum.  

Over 400 farmers gathered recently for a full day of presentations from a wide variety of expert farmers, agricultural leaders and politicians.

Read the Hurunui Mayor's Speech >>

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: -

Accuro Health Insurance

The most valuable asset of any business is its staff, because no business can work if its staff can’t. That’s why it’s important to take care of your staff with health insurance.

More information on Accuro Health Insurance >>

Saunders Robinson Brown

Saunders Robinson Brown has had a strong presence in North Canterbury since 1992 when William Brown (Partner) established William Brown Law in Rangiora

More information on Saunders Robinson Brown >>

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

 Kaiapoi i-SITE at Night. Aaron Campbell took this image in 2014 
ENC Tourism

ENC operates the Kaiapoi i-SITE and has the Visit Waimakariri WDC promotional contract. The Kaiapoi i-Site provides expert local knowledge and can also help you with bookings for accommodation, activities and travel within New Zealand.

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 550 events held annually in the Waimak.