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Huge strides being made to improve life for businesses on Manor Royal

Huge strides being made to improve life for businesses on Manor Royal

Business leaders heard about the significant progress being made to improve the trading and working environment by the Manor Royal BID at its second AGM.

Some 40 people attended the meeting on Wednesday 30 September at the Premier Inn, Crawley Business Quarter, Fleming Way where the BID Company's accounts were signed off and copies of the annual report were made available to members.

In the second year of the BID's five-year term, there were a number of key developments including the opening of the Crawter's Brook People's Park, attracting an additional £565,000 to help fund Manor Royal projects, a visit by the Duke of Gloucester, and success at the South East in Bloom competition.

There were also significant savings for Manor Royal businesses through the easit travel scheme and the BID-led procurement hub, a new pedestrian crossing on Fleming Way and the completion of the first phase of a security camera project being delivered in collaboration with Sussex Police.

The BID's chairman, Trevor Williams, also of Thales UK, presented the Annual Report to members and remarked on the prominent role he felt the BID was having in terms of improving the trading and working environment. "As well as direct funding of key projects and initiatives, the Manor Royal BID has forged positive working relations with the local councils and service providers like Sussex Police," he said.

Reflecting on the efforts of the Board, he continued: "We mustn't forget that the Board are all drawn from Manor Royal companies who give their time voluntarily and I give my thanks to them for that. I know it's not easy but hopefully the results are reward enough."

Mr Williams also remarked on the changing dynamic in Manor Royal with the number of vacant premises having gone down with the last of the available development sites having been sold or are under offer.

The chairman also provided details to members of the new projects already underway that included a major area-wide signage and wayfinding project, the improvement of one of Manor Royal's main entry points and a new initiative with Central Sussex College that would help to significantly reduce the cost of training the local workforce for Manor Royal companies.

"There is still some way to go," Mr Williams concluded, "but the important message is that Manor Royal, through the BID, is making progress and we are in a much better position now than two years ago."

Cllr Peter Smith, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, and the only local authority BID Director, added: "It is encouraging to see the progress being made by the Manor Royal BID. The Business District is an important area for industry and employment and it's continued success is a priority for the Council. I am pleased our partnership through the BID is proving to be productive and look forward to it continuing."

During the AGM, Paul Searle, of Gatwick Road-based P&H Motorcycles, and Jeremy Taylor, of Gatwick Diamond Business, were also re-elected as directors to the BID Company's board.

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