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New Pocket Park – ‘The Terrace’ Opened on Manor Royal



Keith Pordum, Vice-Chair of the Manor Royal BID, joined Patrick Heath-Lay, Chief Executive Officer of B&CE, The People’s Pension, on 28 April 2017 to officially open ‘The Terrace’ – a peaceful outdoor ‘pocket park’ located at the end of Manor Royal road at the junction with London Road.

The opening ceremony saw members of the Manor Royal BID Board and local business people gather to announce ‘The Terrace’ officially open.  Designed to provide outdoor space for those who work nearby – The Terrace is now an ideal place for alfresco meetings, relaxing lunchtime breaks or simply a breath of fresh air.  Converted from a patch of unused land, the area provides seating, public art, a new planting scheme and even an outdoor table tennis table for local employees to enjoy.

Conceived and delivered by the Manor Royal BID, the project has been funded via BID Levy funds, a section 106 contribution from Crawley Borough Council and sponsorship from B&CE, The People’s Pension, whose offices are located adjacent to the site.

Keith Pordum, Vice-Chair of the Manor Royal BID is enthusiastic for what the opening of The Terrace will do for Manor Royal Business District.  He said: “In recent months, we have seen several new and exciting high density developments taking shape on Manor Royal.  We wanted to complement these by creating a new area of outdoor space,” he said. “It is fitting that work on site here began on 9 January 2017, the 70th anniversary of Crawley becoming a new town,”

Patrick Heath-Lay, Chief Executive Officer of B&CE, The People’s Pension, is delighted to be part of the new pocket park: “We are always looking for new ways to make a positive impact on our local community, so we are delighted to support the Manor Royal BID with this new and innovative project. It’s provided us with a great opportunity to improve the natural environment around us, and to give something back to our employees and those that work around here. With the summer months fast approaching, I’m looking forward to seeing people making the most of this new outdoor space.”

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council said: “We are delighted to have supported the Manor Royal BID to create this wonderful space that will enhance the well-being and enjoyment of people working in the Manor Royal Business District.”

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The Winners of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2018

A full story together with photos and interviews is coming on Monday, but for now, read on for the winners…



GDBA 2018 (Photo by Jon Rigby)

The Gatwick Diamond is home to a vast range of businesses, which span all sectors of the economy, from household names to niche companies, and from multinationals to sole traders. 

The Business Award Winners are those businesses or people who have shown innovation and inspiration in their work, and have demonstrated a real commitment to this world-class region.

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The Winners were unveiled at the 10th Anniversary of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards at the Effingham Park Hotel, on 15th March, 2018.

The Headline Sponsors are B&CE, the Peoples Pension;; Gatwick Airport Ltd and NatWest. The Evening started with a Pre-Dinner Reception, and the evening rounded off with the now highly anticipated After-Show Party.

The winners in each category were:

Green Business of the Year – sponsored by Crawley Borough Council

  • Hilton London Gatwick Airport

Responsible Business of the Year – sponsored by University of Sussex School of Business, Management & Economics

  • Cleankill Pest Control

International Business of the Year – sponsored by the Gatwick Diamond Initiative

  • Acro Aircraft Seating

The Award for Customer Delight – sponsored by Thakeham Group

  • Gatwick Recruitment and Training Ltd T/A Driver Hire Gatwick

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Search Consultancy

  • Assurity Consulting

The Award for Developing People for Business Success – sponsored by Crawley College

  • Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club

The Award for Supply Chain Excellence – sponsored by University of Brighton

  • PVL UK Ltd

Manufacturing Business of the Year – sponsored by asblaw LLP

  • PVL UK Ltd

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council

  • Robert Wiles, Cloud9 Insight

New Business of the Year – sponsored by Basepoint Business Centres

  • Growth by Desgin

Business Person of the Year – sponsored by KPMG

  • Rob Pierre, Jellyfish Group Ltd

Business of the Year (Up to £1m Turnover) – sponsored by Platinum Publishing Group

  • Juno Wealth Management Ltd

Business of the Year (Over £1m Turnover) – sponsored by NatWest

  • MHA Carpenter Box

Business of the Decade – sponsored by NatWest

  • ILG

The Awards were presented by the award-winning comedy legend, star of stage and screen and more recently, a popular contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, Brian Conley at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards Dinner, on the 15th March, 2018.

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