Running a business is managing risk. From staff safety, to financial risk, to natural disasters – if you prepare, you put your business in a much better position to survive the unexpected.

Browse this page for our tips, resources, services and training options for managing risk in your business. 

Where to Start

Firstly, which risks are worth addressing, and how do you manage the cost, the paperwork, the frustrating bureaucracy?

To reduce your stress, ensure you are aware of your legal obligations, have identified likely risks and that you have consistent processes and systems in place enabling you to step up to unexpected events. Think about how your business would cope in a disaster, if a customer took you to court, or if one of your staff was less than honest. 

Once you have identified risks, look at what measures you can put in place to manage them. You may even find that the process of managing risk improves how your business operates day-to-day.

Free Resources & Important Links for Managing Risk

If you know of other free risk management resources that would be useful to North Canterbury businesses please send us the link for our consideration.

Local Risk Management Services

If you are looking for local risk management 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 services for managing risk in businesses in North Canterbury.


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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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Saunders Robinson Brown

Saunders Robinson Brown is one of Canterbury's leading law firms, with offices in Christchurch and Rangiora.

Risks are just a part of doing business.  Managing those risks is important.  We can help you minimise or manage your legal risks the right way.  Ask us how we can help you.

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Corcoran French

You have a small to medium sized business - the backbone of the NZ economy. You face various legal challenges. Because we're in the same boat, we understand.

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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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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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We are here to help you manage risk associated with any people challenges. Be it a disciplinary, contractual agreements, or managing a change process correctly we ensure you’re covered at all times utilising best practice process.  

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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 work enables organisations to resume operations after any situation that could disrupt service delivery. 

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

Risk Management Training

ENC provides popular business training seminars, many of which cover various aspects of risk management. We also have connections with other local and national training providers as well as one-on-one business coaches. 

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

View our training calendar here >> 


Other Local Risk Management Services

If you would like your North Canterbury risk management service to be considered for inclusion in the above list please email our Business Support Manager, Miles Dalton.