Growing businesses face challenges. Most owners find that as their business grows and they take on more staff, the stress levels grow and the time to think disappears. You may find that you are spending each day reacting to problems rather than growing your business and it is getting harder and harder to manage your own workload. Browse this page to find our tips, resources and services to assist you in growing your business. 


Where to Start

Idea lightbulb marketingAt this point, it is wise to take some time, step back and rethink about your business from first principles: what do you personally want to achieve from your business? Look at your systems and processes: do they reduce your workload and will they be fit for purpose as you grow? How much of what you do is necessary, and how much of it is now outdated tradition? Look at your staff: who can you grow to take on some of your tasks, where are the gaps?

It is time to refresh and restart your business; that means looking at what is contributing to your goals and what isn’t. Create a new plan, redo your forecasting, reassess what roles are needed in your business and re-evaluate your own role and tasks.

You can’t do it alone. We suggest that this is the stage where you will see the greatest benefit in getting an outside mentor or business coach, and in joining a business networking group. This will help you to rapidly put changes in place and will help you to understand the potential impact of the changes you will make.

Successfully renewing your business will reduce your workload, better manage your cashflow, increase your profit and set the business up nicely for the next phase of growth.

Free Resources & Advice for Growing your Business

Te Rūnanga Ngāi Tahu offer mentoring and grants for new startups, growing businesses and those thinking of starting a business through their Puna Pakihi programme. Your business must be at least 50% owned by a registered Ngāi Tahu whānau to be eligible.


Setting up a Premises in the Waimakariri

 The Waimakariri District Council have established a brilliant resource kit to help you with all the steps you need to take when you are looking at setting up a new business premises or making changes to your current premises. They also have case management that will take you through the process step by step and make sure you have all your ducks in a row.


Business Growth Services

If you are looking for local business growth services we encourage you to view our list of Business Service Partners. These are businesses that have partnered with Enterprise North Canterbury and offer specific marketing and sales services for businesses in North Canterbury.


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Spark Business Hub Christchurch

Spark Business Hub Christchurch are a local service with one aim: to find the right communication tools for your business. 

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BDO Christchurch

BDO is a full-service accounting, audit, tax and advisory firm. BDO is part of a network of international member firms, with 11 independently owned accounting practices in New Zealand. 

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Meridian Energy

We're committed to the long term future of New Zealand. As well as generating all of our energy from 100% renewable sources like Hydro and Wind, we've got a team of really smart people. We will help you organise your power to make your business more sustainable financially and environmentally.

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North Canterbury Business Services

North Canterbury Business Services Ltd is aimed at providing the local help and support you need to succeed; letting you focus on what you do best, supporting your customers with products and services that are your expertise.

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Hiring not just the most skilled person but the ‘right’ person for your team is our field of expertise and we have a range of recruitment solutions available to fit your needs.  We also support businesses develop Learning and Development pathways, Growth plans and Workforce Planning so you don’t just hire for right now, but with the future in mind.

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Muritai Group

To grow a business, your marketing needs to work harder than ever before. You need the right combination of smart strategy, deep understanding of your end buyer and a brand story that opens all the right doors.  Muritai Group is a marketing, branding and communications agency based in Christchurch. Inspired by the word ‘Muritai’ – Maori for sea breeze – we bring a fresh approach to marketing.

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PIC Insurance Brokers

PIC Insurance Brokers is 100% New Zealand owned and operated with over 100 staff throughout the country. Their brokers are salaried, not chasing commissions, so they focus on delivering the best outcomes for their clients taking risk into consideration. They are here to advise, guide and act in the best interest of you and your business.

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NPower Business Solutions

Since 2014, we’ve been helping New Zealand businesses and organisations plan for emergency situations so they expect the unexpected, and survive no matter what lies ahead. 

Our experienced consultants are specialists at providing customised Business Management Programs across a wide range of industries. The bespoke plans we create for our clients include a complete approach for dealing with disruptions, including emergency management, disaster recovery and business continuity planning. 

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Real Communications

Real Communications is a public relations consultancy based in North Canterbury which specialises in strategic communications focused on businesses and organisations taking positive action to improve the world around them.

We work with a wide range of clients to create insightful communications strategies and then deliver high quality content (articles, videos, photos) to connect with their target audience. 

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Websites and Digital Marketing that gets results. DeeGeeDee CEO and founder, Dean Davis is one of the leading digital marketing consultants in New Zealand. If you’re serious about improving your website’s conversion rate, traffic and online presence, then DeeGeeDee could be the right match for you. 

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EBI Business Improvement Specialists

You know what you do. No doubt you are an expert in your chosen field. But running a business can be tricky. Can you honestly say you have all the right support in all of the right places? Sometimes we all need a bit of additional help. EBI’s fundamental principal is centred around Evidence Based Improvement for businesses. What sets us apart? A proven approach to business improvement that gets results.

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Essential HR

We’re here to help you, your business, and your employees, succeed in today’s complex employment environment.

We provide quality strategic HR advice, procedures, documentation, legal compliance and the like. The result - your employees feel cared for, and we save you time, stress and money.

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To find out about becoming a Business Service Partner please view our Business Services Partners page or contact Miles Dalton.


Business Growth Training

Enterprise North Canterbury provides a wide range of business training and also has connections with other local and national training providers as well as one-on-one business coaches.

Your business may also be eligible for subsidy vouchers through New Zealand Trade and Enterprise which may reduce the cost of training or coaching by up to 50%. Our NZTE vouchers page outlines the criteria, and our Business Support team can assess how much assistance you are eligible for.


Networking Opportunities

As well as ENC Networking Functions, there are a number of business networking groups in North Canterbury. All of these have different objectives and it is well worth looking at which ones may meet your needs:

If you know of other ongoing opportunities to network with businesses please contact ENC and let us know.


Other Local Business Growth Services

If you offer a North Canterbury based business growth service and would like to be considered for the above list, please contact us.