Starting a new business is a big step, no matter what scale you are thinking of. The keys to success are passion, focus and preparation. There is no question about it, running your own business is hard work and can be very stressful, but the personal rewards can be great.

Browse this page to explore our tips, resources, business services, training and support options for starting a business. 

What to Consider


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There are a number of things to consider in starting a business:

We suggest that anyone who is considering starting a business write a business plan. The most important thing about a business plan is that it helps you to map the future. By committing your thoughts to paper you gain an understanding of what you need to accomplish to achieve your goals and increase your chances of success. You also identify any risks that might get in your way and what you will do if things go wrong.

To put it simply – writing a business plan doubles your chance of success.

Free Online ENC Business Start Up Course


Our online business start up course is a good way to look at the various aspects of starting a business and to make sure you have all your ducks in a row. This course is totally free, available to anyone and available anytime, day or night.

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Free Business Start-up Resources


Planning Templates


Business Structures

Business Startup Guides

Tips and Inspiration

Government Advice and Assistance

Other ENC Resource Pages


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

Other Business Start-up Training and Coaching


Business mentoring imageThe service provided through Business Mentors New Zealand is exemplary. They can link you with a North Canterbury based mentor who will help you to plan your business. They are usually able to link you to a mentor who has run a business in your industry.

The Ministry of Awesome in Christchurch offers training for startups and a free coaching session to get you going in the right direction.

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.

Te Wānaga O Aotearoa  offer free business courses and diplomas online.

ENC has developed a free, online Business Startup Course. Completely free and available to anybody, anywhere, the course includes key information sourced from trusted local experts.

The NZ Digital Boost programme offers a wide range of free courses to help businesses take advantage of technology


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The Waimakariri District Council has established a brilliant resource kit 'Taking Care of Business' to help you with all the steps you need to take when you are looking at setting up a business premises. They also have case management that will take you through the process, step by step, and make sure you have all your affairs in order.

Read 'Taking Care of Business'

Contact Enterprise North Canterbury for Support


Enterprise North Canterbury's Business Support team is available to discuss your start-up business ideas with you, and offer further advice and support services. Email our Business Growth Advisor Guy Graham to find out more or to make an appointment. 

Video Resources


Mark Cole from BDO explains the Business Cycle


 David Ward from BDO explains business structures


Tim Douglas from BDO talks about business plans

Debs Taylor-Hayhurst from Success Factor on work/life balance as a business owner and goal-setting

Miles Dalton from ENC talks about goalsetting as part of the introduction to the free online business startup course

Scott Murray from ANZ Bank discusses what you should think about when starting a business

Matt James from North Canterbury Business Solutions discusses what you should think about when starting a business

Business Services for North Canterbury Start-ups


If you are looking for local start-up business 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 start-up 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 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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The Mark

We specialise in visual communication in all of its forms and offer tailored creative services that will effectively communicate your message, develop your brand, get you noticed and give your business momentum.

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Ara has a satellite campus in Rangiora offering a range of computing courses  that you can study close to home.

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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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Corcoran French

Local lawyers offering effective solutions and peace of mind.

Our focus is on the small to medium business sector in NZ.  Corcoran French has strong ties to the North Canterbury region, having been part of the Kaiapoi community for 125 years.

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Saunders Robinson Brown

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

Starting a business can be a daunting prospect.  Our focus is on helping you get it right from the beginning.  Ask us how we can help you.

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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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Success Factor

Starting your own business? Have a business idea and don’t know where to start? Success Factor can lead you through the process. Give your business idea the best start by getting the right advice and support at the right time! 

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We realise how hard this can be and the minefield of HR resources available so we work with you to ensure you have what you need to be compliant but also ensure you can grow without hitting any stumbling blocks.

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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 provide a range of services including communications strategy, brand management, content creation, media liaison and placement, stakeholder engagement, marketing and design, and events.

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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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Attraction Studio

If you’re ready to impress your customers and transform the future of your business, you’ve come to the right place. Attraction Studio is a brand-led creative agency providing brand and marketing advice and services that deliver measurable results. Their interactive workshops include Foundations for Growth, Brand Strategy and Social Media Strategy - perfect for start-up businesses. 

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To find out about becoming a Business Service Partner please view our Business Service Partners page  or contact Guy Graham.

Other Local Business Start-Up Services


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