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Marlborough Smart+Connected Aquaculture Programme

Marlborough Smart+Connected Aquaculture Programme

Half of New Zealand’s Greenshell™ Mussels and King Salmon are farmed in the Marlborough Sounds and the local industry sustains over 100 businesses and 750 jobs. This industry is of critical importance to our smaller communities of Havelock, Picton and the Malborough Sounds.

By using a collective impact approach the industry is now starting to increase its innnovation and value proposition for both the consumer market and the local community

Business Improvement District (BID) Establishment

Business Improvement District (BID) Establishment

BIDs, or Business Improvement Districts, are a proven international model for driving local economic development and town centre revitalisation using an effective public-private partnership mechanism.

Business Lab has over 10 years experience working with all stages of the BID model, from set-up, to everyday running to expansion. With each assignment the powerful influence role BIDs can play in helping town centres evolve and thrive becomes ever more evident.

Wellington City Council: BID Programme Review

Wellington City Council: BID Programme Review

In partnership with Wellington City Council, Business Lab facilitated the inaugural Wellington BID Summit at the Michael Fowler Centre,

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.

Attendees were fortunate to learn from Dr Julie Grail, the UK's leading expert on Business Improvement Districts

Waitematā Local Board: Local Economic Development Action Plan

Waitematā Local Board: Local Economic Development Action Plan

Local economic development brings together a range of players to build up the economic capacity of a local area and improve its economic future and quality of life for individuals, families and communities.

We used their knowledge to create a plan aligned with the 6 key outcomes of the Waitematā  Local Board Plan and that clearly  clearly articulates whether the role of the Local Board is to Lead, Enable or Advocate for each initiative.

Aoraki Development Corporation: Establishment of Timaru CBD Group

Aoraki Development Corporation: Establishment of Timaru CBD Group

Business Lab was contacted by Aoraki Development to assist with gauging the support for an ultimately establishing a formal representative body for the Timaru CBD.  

This was done in partnership with Timaru District Council with the aim of opening communication lines between Council and the business community.

Masterton District Council: Accelerate Wairarapa

Masterton District Council: Accelerate Wairarapa

After calls for the Masterton District Council to become more involved in economic development, the Council approached Business Lab to design a programme similar to Marlborough’s Smart + Connected initiative.

The council wanted to understand what the economic priorities for the region were and how the council, in partnership with industry could address each opportunity.