Councils and communities
If you’re looking for authentic engagement that reflects a partnership with communities and special interest groups, we can help. We specialise in helping groups of diverse people share their wisdom and ideas on things they’re passionate about, and then structure their input into a plan that’s designed to get things done. Our experience in strategy makes sure the final plan is focused on the right long-term goals with simple steps to move forward in the right direction.
The Business Lab team has been extensively involved in community-wide planning initiatives that empower local communities to create a better future. We've helped over 35 Business Improvement Districts from Auckland to Blenheim develop strategic plans that work. Our recent projects include establishing Business Improvement Districts in Miramar and Kilbirnie in Wellington, and Blenheim in Marlborough; as well as work to design and deliver a number of future-focused community planning initiatives in Marlborough: Smart and Connected, Queenstown Lakes: Shaping our Future, and Nelson: Framing our Future.
How we can help:
- Collaborative strategic planning
- Business Improvement District establishment
- Advice and development for council BID policies and strategies
- Local and regional economic development initiatives
- Governance advice and support
- Sustainability advice, training and implementation