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

Business SupportThere 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 Business Start-up Resources

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. 

Business Start-up Training

ENC does not offer business start-up training as we believe the 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 also offers training for startups and a free coaching session to get you going in the right direction.

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. 

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 Canterbury

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

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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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Research First

What would you like to know about your customers, your staff or your community? We can help you better understand the role your business plays in their lives and identify opportunities for the future.

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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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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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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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BNZ Bank

The BNZ has a wide range of support for business whether you are large or small. We have property specialists, small business managers, acquisition managers, commercial managers, agri managers and more...

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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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IT Simply

We enjoy working with our clients to design IT solutions that deliver tangible business outcomes. If you’d like to look at how we can help you to reduce cost and improve efficiency and accuracy in your business, give us a call.

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i.t. online is dedicated to world class client experience and provides business computer networks, cloud & mobile, business software, cyber security, eCommerce, business phone systems, IT planning and IT projects.  We were founded in North Canterbury in 2010.

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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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Solutions Online

Get the Web the Way you Want It through our web design and development, web marketing, photography and graphic design services.

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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.