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Why Ōtautahi Christchurch Is Your Best Business Destination

More and more organisations are relocating or setting up shop in the thriving city of Ōtautahi Christchurch, drawn by better financial wellbeing, a welcoming business environment, and a quality of life that can attract the best and brightest.

Coupled with a talent pipeline fed by four tertiaries, resilient built infrastructure, and international connectivity, this city is the obvious place to be.

Consider this our invitation to start exploring your gateway to growth here in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

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Cost Of Doing Business

A major advantage that Ōtautahi Christchurch holds over other major urban areas in New Zealand is a lower operational cost of doing business.

From relatively affordable commercial space to lower employee costs, the cost of entry is lower for new businesses wanting to establish themselves, especially during the start-up phase. This city is primed for businesses to take advantage.

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Work Force

Ōtautahi Christchurch is an undeniably desirable city to live and work in, with affordable city housing and a backyard of accessible adventure. Our talent pipeline is fed by four world-class tertiaries, and the region punches above its weight for producing skilled graduates ready for the work force.

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Focus Sectors

Ōtautahi Christchurch is a test bed city, where existing strengths in tech and manufacturing make for rapid prototyping and innovation.

The city has a focus on our supernodes, areas of regional strength and global opportunity, including aerospace and future transport, hi-tech services, health tech and resilient communities, and food, fibre and agritech.

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Christchurch Economy

Ōtautahi Christchurch is one of the most economically resilient and fastest growing areas in New Zealand. We’ve learnt a fair bit about overcoming challenges beyond our control, and our established economic diversity has created a strong level of resilience and a focus on future economic growth.

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Innovation Ecosystem

Named by NZ Entrepreneur Magazine as New Zealand’s ‘start-up boomtown’, Ōtautahi Christchurch has the perfect testing environment and business culture to give new ideas a go.

The city collaborates with tertiaries and innovation incubators to create pathways for smart ideas to quickly get the support needed to develop, grow and ultimately create more world-class businesses.

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Connectivity With Your Industry

It’s easy to do business here and connect with other like-minded innovators.

George Willis Managing Director at Media Suite says explains it perfectly – “Other cities are a lot more cut-throat, you’d never be having a beer with your competitor and telling them how to improve something but in Christchurch that’s normal.

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A City With Talent

We have a depth of talent across multiple industries including professional services, tech, manufacturing, and engineering.

Our world-class universities work with industry to grow future-focused, work-ready graduates; while the city’s affordability and unbeatable lifestyle - easy commutes and access to mountains and beaches - attract the best in field.

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Success Stories

See how our local businesses have thrived in Ōtautahi Christchurch, or read more here

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