Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


LGNZ launches Business Friendly Councils guidelines


Date 25 February 2014


LGNZ launches Business Friendly Councils guidelines

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is today launching Business Friendly Councils guidelines to encourage economic development across the country by identifying the different ways councils can support local businesses.

The Business Friendly Councils guidelines, produced by LGNZ in partnership with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, is an explicit attempt by local government and its partners to increase support of business activity across all of New Zealand.

“In creating these Business Friendly Councils guidelines we invested in research to better understand the role and economic contribution our six largest cities make to the New Zealand economy. This research identified competitive advantage, distinctiveness and specific areas where collaboration can add value,” LGNZ Metro Sector Chair Stuart Crosby, who is also the mayor of Tauranga, says.

“The guidelines give each city-region a set of key principles for becoming more business friendly.”

The Business Friendly Councils guidelines identify six key principles that are intended to reduce the regulatory and non-regulatory barriers, costs, risks and uncertainties in all forms of commercial activity to stimulate and support local business growth, local business retention and the attraction of new business to the local area.

The six key principles are:

• Build excellent relationships and partnerships – at the heart of a business friendly council;

• Context matters – identify local challenges and local business needs;

• Provide certainty and clarity for business decision-making;

• Make every interaction with business count;

• Be proactive and look for opportunities to support businesses; and

• Respond rapidly and flexibly to business after major emergencies.

Local government is currently investing over $8 billion in infrastructure and services annually that enable businesses to operate effectively.

“We are a significant and major player in New Zealand’s economic development. Critical to our success in this role is our partnership with central government and business,” LGNZ President Lawrence Yule says.

“Business Friendly Councils provides an opportunity for LGNZ to further develop an evidence based conversation with the business community on how our sector can help support the economic development of New Zealand.”

Business Friendly Councils guidelines represent the sharing of best practice are available to all of local government as a resource to help create business friendly cities. The guidelines will assist councils around the country to promote prosperous and resilient local economies providing good living standards for local communities that contribute to New Zealand’s economic prosperity.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Police Authority: Use Of Taser Was Disproportionate And Unjustified

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer’s second use of a Taser on a mentally unwell Hokitika man was disproportionate and unjustified. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Holidays, Hekia Parata And Badlands

Hekia Parata, adieu. Reportedly, she’s been ‘passionate’ about education. She has “bravely’ led the charge on the government’s education reforms. In the past week , many of the postscripts to Hekia Parata’s career as Education Minister have sounded like a schoolteacher desperately trying to find some reason why a D student can be marked up to C minus. More>>


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news