Napier City Business Inc. general manager Pip Thompson wants to increase the CBD’s vibrancy.
With most of us resigned to the steady increase in prices, Napier City Business Inc. (NCBI) may have set a record.
NCBI has been cheerleading and supporting Napier city businesses for more than 24 years, says general manager Pip Thompson.
“We’re a small team that really cares for the people that make up our CBD. From marketing, events and collaborations, to safety, welfare and advocacy, we’re here to listen, champion and strengthen everyone in our Napier business community.”
But that comes with a cost and for the first time in 21 years, the organisation is asking for an increase in the levy price from members.
“Our membership levy hasn’t changed since 2001 but our collective needs have. We want to continue championing our city’s businesses and support the hard work that’s created the vibrant CBD we have today,” Pip says.
NCBI is an independent organisation funded by a targeted levy on all commercial buildings in the Napier CBD rateable area, along with a contribution from the Napier City Council.
There are 450 members including building owners made up of 50 per cent retail, 20 per cent business services, 12 per cent hospitality, 12 per cent health and beauty and 6 per cent activities, accommodation and community services.
“We want to be able to support Hawke’s Bay with partnering events and collaborate when events are on. We need to continue supporting Napier’s central vibrant business…