Manor Royal Business Improvement District
08 Dec 2017
It's hard to believe that we are approaching the end of the first Term of the Manor Royal BID.
Manor Royal is our ancestral home as Gatwick Diamond Business was originally formed in 1953 as Crawley Induustrial Group.
We have been lobbying for some years to impriove the Business Park for some years and so it was areal delight to se the formation of the BID in 2013 and to watch the very significant success the organisation has achieved on behal of all the businesses.
The Manor Royal BID in Crawley has published an ambitious Business Plan for a new five-year term and is urging businesses on Manor Royal to vote in its renewal Ballot on 1 February. The Business Plan covers the period 2018 to 2023 and sets out the achievements of the BID over its first five-year term as well as bold new plans for the next five years.
“Today Manor Royal Business District is a very different place to the one we were all working and trading in a few years ago”, says Trevor Williams of Thales, which employs more than 2,100 people on Manor Royal. “There are more businesses, fewer vacant buildings, and more developments underway.”
Trevor believes that the Manor Royal BID, of which he is Chairman, has been the driving force of these changes, bringing together a collective business voice with public sector partners. “It is the only organisation whose sole interest is the success of Manor Royal” he says. “Most importantly, the BID is run by and for Manor Royal companies. This has enabled investment to improve Manor Royal’s broadband infrastructure, roads and security, as well as the delivery of subsidised transport and training initiatives.” If businesses vote to renew the BID, this will generate a fund of circa £2.6m over a five-year period to be reinvested across the business district, along with any additional funds the BID team secures from other parties.
Trevor’s concern is that all these improvements and services will be lost if the BID is not renewed next month when those businesses expected to pay the BID Levy will vote to retain the Manor Royal BID for a second five-year term.
If the majority of businesses vote “yes”, the Manor Royal BID will continue until 2023 and be able to deliver its ambitious plans. However, if the majority of businesses vote “no”, the BID will stop, as will the additional services it provides such as the Manor Royal Rangers and Maintenance Teams and Winter Gritting Services.
“This is a crucial time for the Manor Royal BID,” adds Keith Pordum, Managing Director of Bon Appetit and Vice-Chair of the BID. “Such a lot has been achieved over the first term that would not have happened without the BID. The plans for the next five years are even more exciting, so I would urge all those eligible to vote in favour of a new BID term.” For more information, please visit www.manorroyal.org