The city of Christchurch has slowly been rebuilding since the devastating 2011 earthquake. Lately, the city of 370,000 people has really begun to hit its stride, with a newly revitalised CBD causing buzz and a commercial boom driven by Government-funded ‘anchor projects’ currently under construction.
Meanwhile, the private sector has been forging ahead with business development in the suburbs of Christchurch. Business opportunities are springing up across the city and for many would-be entrepreneurs, this is a great time to get a foot in the door of a city that is re-awakening to its potential.
Local entrepreneur Sam Hooper says that it is a city ripe with potential. “Christchurch is a blank canvas. There isn’t as much competition as in Auckland, rents are cheaper and there are a lot of experienced people willing to mentor young entrepreneurs like myself to improve their city.”
Opening a café business is a dream for many New Zealanders. We’re a nation of coffee-lovers…and the residents of Christchurch are no exception!
Jamaica Blue is a name that has been causing a stir in the Kiwi café industry. The franchise is founded on two simple beliefs - using only the freshest ingredients in dishes and sourcing, roasting and serving the very best coffee. The cafés have a contemporary, stylish feel that make them a popular spot to meet.
It’s proving to be a recipe for success. Jamaica Blue has over 126 franchises in Australia and 8 in New Zealand, with growth planned across the latter.
It helps that Jamaica Blue is owned and operated by Foodco, one of Australasia’s leading franchise groups. Foodco are headquartered in Sydney and also own Muffin Break, which is well-known locally for its quality coffee and baked goods.
Joining the Foodco family means being supported by a team with over 26 years’ experience in food retail. All franchisees receive comprehensive training which equips them with the essential skills to run a successful café business. However, the support stretches far beyond that - with ongoing mentorship, expert marketing programs and field support.