Looking for business help?

Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) provides free support to Christchurch businesses. If your business is in one of these key sectors: Agribusiness, International Education, Manufacturing, and Technology then we have many tools and resources to offer you. Please call us on (03) 379 5575 or email info@cdc.org.nz.

We assist businesses to grow bigger, better and be more efficient. Our people are knowledgeable and well connected to industry across the four key sectors. They will spend one-on-one time with you to find out more about your business so they can tailor support and assistance to suit your needs. CDC Client Managers have a number of resources available to them to address key business issues. These include, but are not limited to:

Management Training and Coaching

Through the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) Regional Partner Programme, CDC can help identify your business’s unique management needs and, potentially, co-funding to help address those needs. For more information about the Regional Partner Programme, please click here

Governance and Advisory Board Assistance

We can assist you to prepare and establish advisory boards. If you have an existing board we can assist you to refine your governing practices or refresh your board structure. Contact us to find out more.

Export Assistance

If you are currently exporting or considering exporting we can connect you to the right information and people to assist you. Please contact us.

Procurement and Supply-chain Management

The Industry Capability Network (ICN) works across Australia and New Zealand to give suppliers and purchasers access to a wide range of project opportunities and industry expertise. They identify and promote Australian opportunities for New Zealand industry and introduce capable New Zealand companies to projects and other supply opportunities managed by other parts of ICN. Their free sourcing service helps project and procurement managers identify New Zealand and Australian products and services that would otherwise be imported. ICN works closely with CDC in Christchurch and has a representative operating from the CDC offices. Contact CDC to speak with them directly or visit ICN.

Productivity and Operational Improvement

The OperationalExcellence programme can offer you productivity improvement solutions to meet your company’s business objectives. It is delivered in your factory and tailored to your requirements. Whether producing more using the same resources or producing the same for less, the net result is the same- increased returns for the firm by squeezing costs and waste from production.

Click here to find out more about OperationalExcellence.

Research & Development (R&D)

Whether you’re a small start-up or an established exporter embarking on R&D for the first time, we can help you access a range of our services to help you grow and evolve.

Contact us for more information.

Growth Strategies

You can fast-track your results and lift your business to the next level with the right assistance. We can guide you to the right network connections; help you to resolve your key business issues; adopt excellent business practices with sound strategies; and create a roadmap to assist growth. Contact us for more information.

The CDC Amplifier programme is specifically available for up to 20 selected high growth potential businesses Click to see if you qualify.


Have you thought of engaging an intern?

Internships are a growing concept in businesses. You can engage them for a specific project or a mutually beneficial work plan. This can be an effective way to work “on your business” to provide you with some valuable external perspectives. Remuneration can be both paid and unpaid. Click here to find out more about internships.

CDC specialised services available for selected businesses:

We also work closely with many other organisations to ensure that, collectively, we are able to best help your business. These include: New Zealand Trade & Enterprise; Callaghan Innovation; NZFISI (New Zealand Food Innovation South Island); Business Mentors New Zealand; CPIT; University of Canterbury; and Lincoln University. Contact us to find out how a connection to these organisations may be of benefit to your business.

Please click here to contact a Client Manager, or alternatively call us on (03) 379 5575.

If CDC is not the right organisation to help you, one of the organisations listed below may be able to assist: