Our council plays a very proactive role in supporting its business. We’re encouraging new start-ups, attracting relocations, assisting the relocation and fit-out process, supporting the employment of local residents, strengthening earthquake prone buildings, and supporting the expansion of local business.

We also aim to make things easier by offering a dedicated liaison, keeping our processes simple, and by offering some financial assistance in times of change. The Council’s Economic Development Manager, Stuart Grant, is the primary liaison for business owners and developers. A life-long resident of Upper Hutt, and once-business owner, he is always keen to support start-ups and opportunities for growth. Our Mayor and Chief Executive are passionate about Upper Hutt’s future and welcome the chance to meet entrepreneurs and investors in person.

Council also has a Retail Coordinator dedicated solely to supporting the city centre. They work closely with the retail community to enhance their proposition and boost retail activity. Our council has a can-do, solutions-focused attitude to business and is open to all opportunities to work with investors and support their continued success.

We are committed to reducing the red tape for businesses. Our recent economic stimulus policy implements several incentives for developers such as reduction and remission of rates, building and resource consent fee waivers, retro-fit and relocation incentives and grants to upgrade the strength and safety of existing infrastructure. We understand that economic growth benefits everybody, so our policies continue to reflect our commitment to nurturing local business and striving for collective excellence.

Contact our Business Development team to find out how we can support your business.

Lower business rates

A recent comparison of business rates revealed that businesses in Upper Hutt on average pay significantly less in rates. For example: a large retailer operating in Wellington pays $100,000 more in rates per annum. A small retailer in Upper Hutt can expect to pay, on average, $11,000 per annum.

“Our council rates are good value. If we were in Auckland, we could only afford to live in a shoe box. In Upper Hutt, for the same cost, we can live in a palace.”  Bill Hammond, Hammond Transport

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Last updated on 29 Aug 2018