Dear Guest

Despite the end of the year fast approaching, it's business as usual in North Canterbury. This month we've welcomed a large number of new businesses that have started operating in the region, and latest statistics tell us there have been hundreds more throughout the year. Two significant investments have been announced this month as well, with the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa development plans and PLC Group's acquisition of The River Queen boat both promising great things for our region. 

I'll be talking about the region's plans for 2019 at our last networking function of the year on December 5th. There are limited spaces left so make sure you reserve your space now and get a head start on growing your business contacts for 2019.  

Kind regards,

Heather Warwick, CEO

Networking Function: Last Chance to Register

Come along to ENC's final networking event of the year on December 5th, proudly sponsored by Misco Joinery. As well as a guided tour of Misco Joinery's state-of-the-art factory, you'll hear about their business journey and future plans. ENC CEO Heather Warwick will present on the business year that was and what is in store for the region in 2019. And of course, there will be plenty of time to socialise, network and enjoy the free refreshments. 

Business Headlines

Business Updates & Advice

  • ENC is delighted to welcome Ravenswood as its newest sponsor. Ravenswood has signed on as a Bronze Sponsor of the ENC Business Centre from this month. For more information on Ravenswood, visit their new sponsor page on the ENC website.

  •  This month we welcome a large number of new businesses to the North Canterbury region. All the best to these newcomers who have recently opened their doors: KB Consulting Ltd, Ivory Bar, Rangiora Yoga, The Flower House, Headway Psychology Services, The Rusty Acre, MOLTOBELLA European Clothing Boutique and Wilkes Plumbing.
  • North Canterbury wineries have been cleaning up at awards all over the place. Congratulations to Waipara Hills for their recent wins at both the New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards and the Sydney International Wine Competition. Felicitations also to Mount Brown Estates who took out the Champion Aromatic Award for their 2018 Riesling in the recent New World Wine Awards, and to Thornbury Wine who won a gold medal at the same event for their Waipara Pinot Gris 2018. 

  • Community Wellbeing North Canterbury Trust is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. We caught up with Trust Manager Deirdre Ryan to find out what this long-running business offers the North Canterbury community. Read our case study here >> 

  • New Zealand has come out on top in The World Bank's latest Ease of Doing Business rankings. Singapore was ranked number two, with Denmark, Hong Kong and Korea making up the top five. New Zealand also ranked first for Starting a Business, Registering Property and Getting Credit. View the full rankings results here >> 

  • The Enterprise North Canterbury Business Centre is celebrating its third anniversary next month. ENC CEO Heather 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. 
    Read the full article here >>  

Business Training & Events

There are a whole heap of HR rules around Christmas: gifts, entertainment, leave, casual staff, end of year functions and more... Come along to this free morning tea seminar hosted by BDO and JOYN - learn about your obligations and prepare yourself with all the information you'll need to navigate the silly season as an employer.

Grab your free space now >> 


In Other News

Government Ramps up R&D Tax Incentive 
The government is backing businesses to succeed with a new tax incentive that aims to unlock further spending on research and development. Following a consultation process with the business community, significant changes have been made to the tax incentive scheme that was originally proposed. Research, Science and Innovation Minister, Megan Woods, says the rate will be higher, the threshold lower and the definition more inclusive. “We pride ourselves on being an innovative country, but our spending on R&D lags behind many of our international competitors and this government is not content to languish at the bottom of the table. That’s why we’ve set aside $1 billion for this incentive.” Work to increase R&D spending to 2% of GDP over 10 years is part of the coalition agreement between Labour and New Zealand First. “We have learned from international best practice how to incentivise R&D expenditure and retain trust and confidence in the tax system. The new policy meets the rigour of international schemes and will support businesses to undertake genuine R&D.” 
Key changes:
  •   A credit rate of 15%. 
  •   A $120 million cap on eligible expenditure. 
  •   A minimum R&D expenditure threshold of $50,000 pa. 
  •   The inclusion of SOEs, industry research cooperatives, CRIs, tertiary providers and DHBs.
  •   A definition of R&D that ensures the credit can be accessed more easily across all sectors. 
  •   A limited form of refundable tax credits mirroring the R&D tax-loss cash-out scheme run by IRD. 
Visit the MBIE website for more information >> 

Retail Opportunities Available at Ravenswood

has recently welcomed Peter Brett to the team as Retail Leasing Manager. Stage 1 of the retail precinct will have 16 shops, a number of which are already leased or under negotiation. The remaining spaces welcome businesses including food and beverage, pharmacy, health and beauty, real estate, off-license, gym/fitness and medical. There are also an additional two lots remaining in the light industrial area. With residential sections continuing to be snatched up, retail businesses in the development will be servicing a rapidly expanding residential catchment of around 12,000 residents. For more information on retail leasing opportunities contact Peter Brett on 021 323 800 or Iain Weir on 0274 594 669.

Government Announces Draft Tourism Strategy
Tourism New Zealand is seeking feedback on the Draft Tourism Strategy. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis said, “This strategy proposes a more co-ordinated and active role for government in tourism, to make sure growth is productive, sustainable and inclusive -  improving New Zealanders’ lives and supporting thriving and sustainable regions."
More information can be found here >>  
View the draft strategy and submit your feedback here >>  

New Zealanders' Perception of International Education
Education New Zealand (ENZ) recently released its annual survey results showing New Zealanders’ perception of international education. Commissioned by ENZ and conducted by KANTAR TNS, the survey is an annual pulse of the sentiment that New Zealanders have towards international education. It has been undertaken annually since 2016 and involves an online panel of 1,000 New Zealanders weighted by age,gender and region to be nationally representative. The key findings for 2018 are: 
  • There is wide recognition among New Zealanders of the social, cultural and economic benefits that international education brings to New Zealand
  • An increasing proportion of New Zealanders believe that international education is benefitting New Zealand’s economy, education quality and industry
  • The most commonly perceived benefit of international education is tourism and recognition of this is growing
  • The benefits of cultural exchange are felt most strongly at a community level. 
View the full survey results in this infographic >> 

Port & Eagle Development Update
The Port & Eagle Brewpub
in Kaiapoi is nearing the closing stages of development, but is slightly behind schedule for completion. However, the team has been very busy, visiting China to check the development of their brewery equipment (which was then shipped to Lyttelton earlier this month) and to purchase furniture to fit out the Port & Eagle. Decisions are being made on interior fittings and the Eagle Brewing team is looking forward to opening their doors in the near future. 

Five Reasons the Boutique Model is Revolutionizing Retail
'"The success of Amazon, the death of retail.' The media continually repeats this narrative. But they’re wrong. Independent retailers are on the rise..."  So begins this fascinating article from which outlines the five reasons the boutique model is revolutionizing retail. It's well worth a read >> 

ENC Sponsor Profile

Hellers is a long-time sponsor of Enterprise North Canterbury, and has been supporting the wider North Canterbury community for many, many years. Hellers supplies New Zealand and Australian consumers with a wide range of smallgoods, produced at their Kaiapoi factory.  


Your Online Tip

12 Holiday Marketing Ideas for Retail
The silly season is fast approaching and for many retailers, it's the busiest time of the year. So how do you stand out amidst the madness and ensure your business is working as hard as your customers are shopping? Xero has written this excellent piece on the Top 12 Holiday Marketing Ideas for Retail, covering everything from planning to digital marketing to staffing.

Business Service Partners

JOYN is a fully outsourced HR, Recruitment and OHS consultancy based in Christchurch. JOYN is not an agency: it is a no fee per hire recruitment solution. Since launching 3 years ago, JOYN has partnered with numerous local and national businesses providing expert recruitment support, all at a fraction of typical agency rates.
Get in touch with JOYN today to see what they can do for you >> 

About Business Service Partners

We work with all of our business service partners to promote their services and connect them with relevant clients via promotion in our newsletter and website, through our popular ‘Talk with the Experts’ sessions and via direct introductions.  If you would like to find out more about becoming a business service partner please contact Miles Dalton.


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