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

  • Are you passionate about your business idea?
  • Is there a market for your idea?
  • Are you willing to put a lot of time and hard work into making it happen?
  • What are you risking if you fail?
  • Ultimately, what do you want to get out of the business?

We suggest that anyone who is considering starting a business writes 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.

Put simply – writing a business plan doubles your chance of success.


Free Business Start-up Resources

Other Business Start-up Training

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 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

Setting Up Premises in North Canterbury

Setting Up Business Premises in Waimakariri

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 looking at setting up business premises.

Taking Care of Business

Setting Up Business Premises in Hurunui

Hurunui District Council can provide you with all the services, licensing, consents and information you'll need around setting up your new business premises in Hurunui.

Hurunui Business Support

Other ENC Resources


How do you get customers to know you exist? Once they do, how can you get them to spend with you? Find out here.

Systems and Processes

Tools, resources and links that will help the administrative side of your business hum.

Funding and Investment

Need money to start, grow or re-invent your business? Here are some possible avenues.

Your Finances

Cashflow is the lifeblood of every business. Browse tools and strategies to help you manage your day to day finances.

HR: Managing Staff Well

Staff can make or break your business. Know your obligations when employing others.


Data helps you make good decisions, understand the wider picture of your industry and validate your plans. We've compiled some key data for North Canterbury businesses.

Growing Your Business

Learn how to successfully grow your business, locally or through exporting.

Sustainability in Business

It might take some up-front investment, but reducing your impact on the world is likely to save you money in the longer term as well as make your brand more attractive.

Farm Diversification

Assistance, studies, resources and potential paths to market for those looking to grow crops.

Social Enterprise

Starting a social enterprise is a noble goal. But what exactly is a social enterprise and how do you go about setting one up?

Managing Decline

What do you do when things are not going as you wanted them to? This page provides information and resources to help with decisionmaking.

Exiting Your Business

Whether selling or walking away, there are a number of things you can do to maximise profit and minimise loss.

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