Rugby unites businesses
Kingsland businesses are broadening their horizons in a bid to reap the benefits of the Rugby World Cup.
Work between the Kingsland Business Society and the Auckland City Council’s economic development group has begun as business owners look ahead to the 2011 cup and beyond.
A partnership between the society and the council would establish a business improvement district, an association that would represent the interests of businesses within an area extending west from Don McKinnon Drive to Morningside.
It would be funded through a levy, based on rateable values, collected from local businesses and non-residential properties.
Seventeen suburbs work alongside the council in a business development capacity including the inner city, Avondale, Blockhouse Bay, Eden Valley, K Rd, Mt Eden, Onehunga and Ponsonby.
Eden-Albert Community Board chairman Christopher Dempsey says for a set levy a group of committed businesses can access specific support and resources from the council, rather than struggle in isolation.
“The advantage of paying a levy means you can then pay someone to promote Kingsland,” he says.
More than 350 tenants and property owners will be sent a ballot paper next year asking if they would back the formation of a business improvement district.
At least a third of all ballot papers need to be returned and of those ballots 50 percent must be in support.
The Kingsland Business Society, which was established three years ago, is the only group for local businesses in the area and represents a quarter of them.
Chairman Steve Gillett says to drum up more momentum for the project, a core group is busy door-knocking to recruit more members.
“There’s so much potential here and businesses working together can make a real difference.
“We want our businesses to be successful and at the same time we want to keep the unique character that attracts customers to Kingsland,” he says.
For information contact Christine Foley on 623-4395 or email busi email@example.com.