What the Seaview Business Association Aims to Achieve

The Seaview Business Association (SBA) is a voluntary organisation dedicated to the development of the Seaview/Gracefield business district. It is a partnership between local government and the business community, with Hutt City Council providing valued support that includes funding the role of a co-ordinator.

SBA holds monthly meetings open to all businesses in the Seaview/Gracefield area. The meetings, also attended by a representative of Hutt City Council, provide a forum for raising local issues and building community connection. At the Annual General Meeting, a Chairperson and Treasurer are elected for terms of one year.

For the approximately 400 businesses operating in the Seaview/Gracefield area, SBA’s activities include:

  • Coordinating a minimum of six networking events per year. These gatherings, which feature a guest speaker, bring business representatives together for a unique opportunity to develop their business contacts within the area.
  • Producing a monthly newsletter that updates and informs businesses about what’s happening in Seaview/Gracefield.
  • Making submissions to local government, principally on issues such as traffic and the physical environment. Generally, providing an important voice for Seaview/Gracefield businesses on advocacy-based issues that may require local body involvement.
  • Running Spotlight on Seaview, a popular event held on a Sunday at which many local businesses open their doors for free public tours and displays.
  • SBA and its members assisted Hutt City Council in developing the Vision Seaview/Gracefield 2030 plan. This document will guide a range of council policies to ensure the current and future business needs of the business community are reflected across all aspects of council activity.

The goals of SBA are to:

  1.  Promote the profile of the local industrial/commercial district through regular events.
  2.  Constantly work towards an enhanced physical and working environment in Seaview
  3.  Provide opportunities for local businesses to learn, support and grow from each other.

SBA understands that place-based problems and issues demand place-based responses.