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Devonport BID Project commences

This month we are pleased to introduce Murray Hill, Devonport’s Business Improvement District Project Manager.

Following on from the AGM and the election of the new committee for the Devonport Business Association, the committee has decided to move towards establishing a Business Improvement District (BID) Partnership Programme with the Auckland Council. BID’s have a proven record of creating improved local economy and are currently in operation in 46 business districts in Auckland.

To facilitate the programme, the business association has contracted Murray Hill, who has had a great deal of experience with the BID programme. Murray is an old boy of Devonport, having spent countless hours over the years in his youth playing soccer for North Shore United on the Devonport domain, going to Sunday School at a local church and swimming at the beach at Narrow Neck.
Over the past few weeks, Murray has visited every Devonport business, getting up to date details so that all businesses get the opportunity to attend meetings on the BID concept and of course, how it will assist local businesses.

The concept of a BID programme is to deliver local economic development outcomes and acts as an economic driver within the business community by working on:
•    Enterprise and business creation
•    Skill and expertise development
•    Investment attraction
•    Innovation encouragement
•    Increasing competitiveness

A BID also brings together the collective strength of the businesses in a coordinated approach. The BID will assist the Devonport business area to work in unison and build relationships with local organisations to maximise opportunities, promote Devonport and liaise with Auckland Council, Devonport Takapuna Local Board and CCOs on behalf of members.

by Murray Hill