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The ENC Business Centre in central Kaiapoi is celebrating its third anniversary next month.
In December 2015, Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC) moved into the PLC Group’s new clocktower building at 143 Williams St and established the first business centre in the region. Housing a conference room, two meeting rooms and public drop-in workspaces, the centre also serves as the base for all ENC staff, the Kaiapoi i-Site and Visit Waimakariri.
ENC Chief Executive Heather Warwick says, “It was always the intention of ENC to facilitate the establishment of a business hub, allowing North Canterbury businesses to establish and grow.
“As well as a space to meet and work, the Business Centre ensures business operators from throughout the region can come and meet with ENC staff and utilise all of the business support services we offer.”
The development of the Business Centre was fully sponsored by local electricity distributer MainPower, which remains the Corporate Sponsor of the centre. Silver sponsors Spark and BDO have also been on board with sponsorship from the start, and there are an additional eight Bronze Sponsors who also contribute.
“This whole project wouldn’t have been possible without the incredibly generous and ongoing support from our sponsors,” says Warwick.
“We are proud that our sponsors choose to come on board as they see value in ENC’s offerings, and also see this is an opportunity to show their support for the local business community.”
Although the ENC Business Centre was the original anchor tenant, the prominent location of the clocktower building has attracted a wide range of businesses to the adjoining business spaces. Red Eight Café took up the space adjacent to the Business Centre, whilst an additional 11 businesses have filled the upstairs Clock Tower Offices. These include Nelson Petroleum Distributors, McConchie Builders, Risk Logic, Comply Systems, Our Kids NZ, Solutions Online, Kaiapoi Promotions Association, Waimak Patrols, Rittal, Visionstream and Ray White Real Estate.
“It’s a very popular and high-profile space for an office,” explains Warwick, “and there are only a few offices left to rent. At just $150+GST per week including power, these spaces are a great opportunity for those seeking to exchange the home office for a professional space where you can work in a collegial way, but with your own office.”
Ms. Warwick says she is thrilled at the success of the ENC Business Centre so far, and looks forward to continuing to provide a central business hub for the North Canterbury business community for many years to come.