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Best business resources

These last few months have been tough for everyone. But it’s arguably our local small to medium enterprises that have felt the strain of quarantine the most. Thankfully, there are some resources available for support and we’ve collated a list of places you can go for help, advice or support.


CANTERBURY EMPLOYERS’ CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Collates all of the official information on COVID-19 as it relates to business operation and puts it all in one place. Their team of experts also offer great business advice during these unusual times.

OTHER BUSINESSES: Sometimes the best people to turn to are the those that are in the same boat as you. Reach out to other companies in your trade and see how they’re coping and what you can all do to support one another.

SOS CAFÉ: This not-for-profit initiative was set up to support local businesses, specifically cafés, restaurants, bars and eateries, through the purchasing of vouchers. These can be redeemed later, when it’s safe to do so.

MINISTRY OF AWESOME: This is the starting point for entrepreneurs, startups, and innovators in Christchurch, which means they’ve got the support, guidance, capability training and networks entrepreneurs need to succeed.

COVID COLAB 20: A public Facebook page that was set up to support the community and the business industry, it is all about collaboration and bouncing off each other creatively.

CHRISTCHURCH SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE CENTRE (CSBEC): CSBEC offers a range of services to start-up and existing micro and small business owners. These include business facilitation and consultancy, marketing advice and reports, management planning and budgeting, finance advice and training courses.


Spend time at Seven!

On the corner of Hansons Lane and Riccarton Road sits an idyllic spot for your next private function, Seven Café; great for small groups of people to get together after the lockdown in an intimate, safe environment to share time together.

Catering to groups of 15 to 30 people and with an outdoor area if required, Seven Café has a reputation for great food and amazing service.

If you have an engagement, hen’s party, birthday or company get together in the works, Seven Café is ideal for that small post-lockdown gathering that everyone needs right now.

With something as decadent as a high tea to finger food platter options, there are plenty of choices for everyone’s taste on their extensive menu.

It’s bespoke, so if you have something in mind, give them a call to discuss your requirements.

They’re open 8am till 4pm Monday to Friday and Saturday and Sunday 9 till 4pm; they will open from 5:30pm for your group to accommodate your special function!

Licenced for wine and beer till 11pm, they’ve also got amazing barista-made coffee.

Seven Café has registered as an SOS Café. A non-profit organisation set up to support local cafés, this enables you to buy a voucher now, to redeem later.

We all know how important it is to support local and that alone is a very good reason to make your booking now by emailing so you can raise a glass of bubbles with a close group of friends at the wonderful Seven Café.