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BID successful for association

Last updated 05:00 17/04/2014

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It's all go to create a business improvement district (BID) in Riverhead, Kumeu, Huapai, Waimauku, Helensville, Parakai and Kaukapakapa.

This follows a campaign of three years of hard work by the North West District Business Association.

Association chairman Bruce Cowan says most businesses and commercial property owners have voted to take advantage of the Auckland Council's business improvement district partnering programme.

Deputy chairman Phelan Pirrie says there were also a reasonable number who voted no.

"I want to acknowledge that and tell those voters that the North West District Business Association board will work very hard to ensure any doubts those business and property owners have, regarding the BID are thoroughly addressed," Pirrie says.

"I would like to see those voters ending up to be our strongest advocates."

Now nor-west businesses can drive the association in the direction they wish.

"While it has taken three years of preparation to get to this point, now is when all the hard work starts. This is a very exciting time for the local economy and with a single business voice we will be able to achieve so much more than previous business associations," Pirrie says.

Cowan says the association will contact members about the coming annual meeting and nominations for the new governance board.

Go to northwestbusiness. co.nz for more information.

WHAT IS A BID?

A BID is funded through commercial property rates and is designed to improve business, boost marketing, enhance fundraising opportunities and help with promotion.

Auckland already has 46 BIDs in operation and new areas wanting to come on board need to have local support in order to qualify. 

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