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Manor Royal Showcase success

Manor Royal Showcase success

More than 110 people attended the Manor Royal Showcase Event at Thales on Thursday evening to review the Business Improvement District activities and the new developments taking place across the area.

As well as networking with fellow Manor Royal business people, guests listened to a presentation by Manor Royal Business Improvement District (BID) chairman Trevor Williams, who spoke about the achievements of the BID team over the past year and the challenges ahead.

Among the achievements was the opening of the new People's Park, fast tracking of road repairs, good progress on improving broadband speeds, reduced levels of reported crime alongside improved profile for the area, increased investment and regional recognition at South East in Bloom.

A ‘Have your Say' session was then chaired by the BID's executive director Steve Sawyer, where delegates were able to participate using an interactive electronic voting system. This session was designed to assess the delegates' perceptions of BID's activities over the past year and to help shape its future direction.

The results showed a marked improvement in the way people and businesses felt about Manor Royal with 63% reporting good levels of satisfaction with the business district and an encouraging 76% reporting it had got better in the last year. Improving infrastructure and promoting trade were among the most important current BID projects, while creation of a Business Directory (51%) and sorting out the signage (45%) the top two projects receiving support for future action.

Commenting on the event, Trevor Williams said: "Creating opportunities for Manor Royal businesses to get together is important, not only from a networking viewpoint, but also to hear from businesses how they feel the BID is working for them."

Most people (78%) felt the Manor Royal BID was focused on the right things and they were supportive of it.

Steve Sawyer added: "The BID provides a platform for local companies to explore opportunities to work together for mutual benefit. It also works continuously to improve the local environment. Judging by the responses this evening, we are making significant progress. However, there is much to do and the year ahead will be another busy one for the Manor Royal BID team and its partners." 

To view the Manor Royal Showcase presentation click here (6mb)
To see how people voted, click here (1mb)

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