Business Improvement Districts and town centres

Having supported over 40 BIDs and business associations since 2006 with effective collaborative planning, we understand the particular complexities of place-based, business membership organisations; not to mention the challenges of their unique multi-stakeholder environment.  Our expertise helps you engage your members and key partners in a meaningful planning process that is focused on building agreement and momentum towards valuable shared outcomes.  

If you’re considering setting up a BID, or morphing an existing business association into a BID, we can help you navigate through the establishment process in partnership with your council and local stakeholders.  Our recent projects include establishing Business Improvement Districts in Miramar and Kilbirnie in Wellington, and Blenheim in Marlborough.  We’ve helped establish numerous BIDs in Auckland, and  in 2014  / 2015 we supported the Auckland Council to carry out a full review of its BID Partnership Programme and BID Policy. See our Case Studies for more projects and information.

How we can help:

  • Collaborative strategic planning
  • Project management
  • Governance advice and support
  • Business Improvement District establishment and expansion
  • Advice and development for council BID policies
Business Lab’s expertise was invaluable in having a wide practical experience base in BID establishment. They gave structure and support to the process; made themselves readily available and were able to support an often tense process to a successful conclusion. Additionally their follow up afterwards has been excellent and they are unstinting in sharing information and ideas. We cannot recommend them enough.
— Allan Probert, Board Member, Enterprise Miramar Peninsula
Business Lab worked through an extensive Strategic Plan process for the Papakura Business Association. They are very professional in their work, diligent, and have made what was a very hard process simple and effective so we can carry on with our work.

We are also the first of their continuity programme customers ensuring that the work that has been put in place is kept on track, and that KPI’s will be met going forward.
— Tracy Shackleton, Manager, Papakura Business Association