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Incredible news as Manor Royal now provides 25% of all Crawley jobs

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A new study reveals the growing importance of Manor Royal and its impact in terms of jobs, business and its contribution to the economy.

The Economic Impact Study, jointly commissioned by the Manor Royal BID and Crawley Borough Council, was conducted by leading economic and regeneration consultants, Lichfields, to assess how well the Business District is performing and what it needs to do to remain competitive.

The study revealed that since 2010, Manor Royal has grown in a number of important ways. It is now home to over 600 businesses and provides 25% of all Crawley jobs – a whopping 32,800 jobs in total. On top of that it contributes £34m in rates each, about a third of all rates generated by Crawley that includes Gatwick Airport, and provides over 9m square feet of commercial floorspace. Not bad for a place that accounts for less than 6% of Crawley’s overall landmass.   This shows a notable change from the last study when there was over 90 acres of land available for development and about 20% of all the buildings were empty.

Not bad for a place that accounts for less than 6% of Crawley’s overall landmass

The last study was carried out almost ten years ago and led to many changes, including the creation of the UK’s largest “industrial” Business Improvement District (BID) – the Manor Royal BID.  Since then the environment in which Manor Royal operates has been radically altered by large macro-economic events as well as changes closer to home. The study aimed to capture this and make recommendations for future improvements.

“This important study reinforces the vital role Manor Royal plays,” said Trevor Williams, Thales UK and Chairman of the Manor Royal BID.

“It is especially pleasing to see the contribution of the Manor Royal BID being highlighted both in terms of what has been achieved to date and the role it can play in its continued success.”

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Economic Regeneration, said:

“Here at Crawley Borough Council we know that Manor Royal plays a key part in Crawley’s economic growth and recent strong jobs growth performance – it’s great to see confirmation of how far we’ve come in ten years. It is critical to Crawley and its residents that Manor Royal Business District continues to prosper and grow, and we intend to work with the BID to help make this happen.”

The report also highlights a number of ways Manor Royal needs to improve looking ahead. This includes provision of facilities, wider promotion, enhancements to the public realm and continued efforts by the Manor Royal BID to represent and co-ordinate activities across the Business District.  The Manor Royal BID will look to work with Crawley Borough Council and other key partners to explore ways to act on the recommendations, but this will be dependent on the outcome of the BID Renewal Ballot in February when businesses will vote to decide whether to continue with the BID.

The report is available to view on the Manor Royal BID website here.

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Crawley Borough Council appoints two new senior managers

Two new senior managers have been appointed at Crawley Borough Council.

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Two new senior managers have been appointed at Crawley Borough Council.

Ian Duke will take on the role of Deputy Chief Executive from 11 June and Simon Jones will become Head of Digital and Transformation on 9 July.

Both roles were subject to a vigorous selection process, which included presentation and panel interviews with officers and councillors.

Ian brings a wide range of experience across several service areas from a number of local authorities over 20 years. He worked at Gosport Borough Council in economic development, inward investment and regeneration programmes before moving to the London Borough of Greenwich to lead on regeneration policy, the London Thames Gateway and external funding. Whilst at Greenwich, Ian delivered a range of government programmes to improve frontline services and outcomes within one of the country’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods. He took this learning into consultancy supporting local authorities to work with communities to improve services.

For the past five years, Ian has worked at the London Borough of Hounslow and has been responsible for developing the organisational and partnership priorities, translating these into strategy, developing new ways of working, ensuring delivery and supporting transformation ahead of a move into a new civic centre.

Ian said: “I’m delighted to be joining at such an exciting time for the town and the council. The new Town Hall site is an important landmark in the ongoing development of the town centre and is a one-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink how we deliver services for our communities.

“I look forward to working with everyone to ensure that through this development and others, such as the new neighbourhood at Forge Wood, we deliver the benefits that our residents and communities deserve.”

Simon is currently Head of the East Sussex Better Together Alliance Digital Programme.

He was formerly Head of IT for East Sussex County Council and for several years he also led digital/ IT provision for a large London social housing provider. Simon has also been responsible for overseeing numerous transformation programmes.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “This is an exciting time for Crawley, as we take big steps moving the town and the council forward. To deliver on our aspirations for the town we need a strong team at the Town Hall.

“I’m confident that with Ian and Simon joining the council’s senior management team, we have the right people in the right roles to help build a better future for Crawley.”

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