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Manurewa gets down to business

Manurewa BID expands

Published: 9 June 2021

Manurewa’s Business Improvement District has been expanded.

Business Improvement Districts see business and property owners working together to improve the business environment and attract new businesses and customers, their programmes supported from a targeted rate on commercial properties in the area.

Manurewa Local Board chair Joseph Allan says the Manurewa Business Association has worked hard to secure wide support for extending the BID area.

“An expanded area will see the BID programme representing more than 600 businesses that want to see business flourish in the Manurewa area.

“When a local economy is strong it provides more employment opportunities, and while some people might travel for those jobs, that’s especially valuable to the local community.”

Council projections say Auckland will grow by another million people over the next 30 years, presenting a challenge to town centres and commercial precincts.

“Business Improvement Districts provide the opportunity for the wider council family to partner with business to seize on the opportunities growth brings, and in particular, to respond locally to changing economic conditions,” Allan says.

Because BID programmes are funded from a targeted rate, Auckland Council collects the money and passes it on to business associations every quarter.

The Manurewa Business Association has been operating a Business Improvement District programme since 2005.

“The association has already played a significant local economic development role and we are convinced it will provide essential support in aiding business recovery in the wake of COVID-19,” Allan says.

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