Wellington City Council's BID programme has been in place since 2013 and they wished to assess its successes and identify areas for continued improvement.
Business Lab engaged with 17 individuals who represented the BID programme, regional stakeholders and national and international experts.
The Council, in partnership with Wellington's four established Business Improvement Districts then hosted Dr Julie Grail, the UK's leading expert on Business Improvement Districts, at the inaugural Wellington BID Summit on the 13th July.
The Summit provided an excellent opportunity to learn from the success of BIDs in the UK and nationally here in New Zealand. Discussions centred on how Wellington City's BID programme can be strengthened through improved inter-BID collaboration, council support and adoption of best practice principles from overseas and here in New Zealand.
The outputs from interviews and the Summit were then formulated into recommendations. These recommendations included the opportunity for further council commitment, more centralised communications and resource development, tailored training in governance and management for BID Exec and staff and alignment of strategic planning activities.