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“To inspire, attract and retain individuals, businesses and social enterprises to invest in our region.”


Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC) was established by the Waimakariri and Hurunui District Councils in 2002 to promote economic development in North Canterbury. ENC works alongside businesses to develop an innovative and prosperous region. The organisation promotes economic growth by providing support in three key areas:

Theme One

Develop and maintain a strong regional brand identity
  • To continue to unite North Canterbury food and beverage businesses under the MADE NC brand to build a strong regional brand identity for this industry.
  • Develop a unifying place brand that helps tell the story of North Cantabrians living, working and thriving in our region.

Theme Two

Supporting existing and new businesses to grow and prosper
  • To support local businesses to survive and thrive
  • To ensure that local businesses have the information and connections they need to make good decisions about their businesses, strengthening the North Canterbury economy.
  • ENC will work with Waimakariri and Hurunui District Councils to further develop and implement business attraction programmes encouraging more businesses to establish that
    will create more jobs and provide greater benefits to the local economy.

Theme Three

Grow visitor numbers and value to North Canterbury
  • North Canterbury is an attractive domestic visitor destination, particularly as it sits on the doorstep of Christchurch. The area is also attractive to international visitors because it requires a simple ‘turn left’ decision and then a few minutes’ drive to access it from Christchurch International airport.
  • Deliver the Waimakariri Visitor Marketing Strategy – growing visitor market on the districts economy.
  • Grow visitor value by being an enabler and facilitator of catalyst projects. The role of ENC is to understand and promote the desirable features of setting up a visitor business in North Canterbury. More accommodation and activities will entice visitors to stay longer in the region.

ENC Strategic Plan

The Enterprise North Canterbury Strategic Plan for 2023-2033 was approved in November 2023.

The purpose of this ten-year Strategic Plan is to provide information to enable ENC’s primary stakeholders to guide and empower ENC’s future intentions.

There are three themes outlined in the plan, with seven projects therein.

Read the ENC Strategic Plan here.

Annual Plan

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The ENC Team

Meet the members that make up ENC, Visit Waimakariri and MADE NORTH CANTERBURY.

ENC Team

The ENC Board

Meet the members that makes up the Enterprise North Canterbury board.

The ENC Board