The Manor Royal BID has taken steps to further improve the look and feel of the business district by appointing a new team to significantly enhance the standards of everyday maintenance in Crawley’s main employment area.
Having successfully brought investment to improve Manor Royal’s entranceways, signage and open spaces, the BID team has also recognised a need to enhance the general upkeep of the area.
In the months ahead, the new maintenance team, proudly wearing their new BID-branded jackets, will be working across Manor Royal in Crawley to spruce up the area. Their work will complement the work of the new Business Rangers Service which will also be launched shortly.
Steve Sawyer, Executive Director of Manor Royal BID is pleased to see the new service introduced. He said: “Improving the standard of maintenance ranked highly in our latest business survey. In response, we have created a new action plan to get our business district looking as good as it can, enhancing the current level of maintenance over and above those Crawley Borough Council are routinely able to provide.
“We’ve already invested in some big infrastructure improvements, but the little things also matter and can have a big impact on your impression of a place. When you look good, you feel good and that goes for places too!”
Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council, said: “This enhanced maintenance programme demonstrates the benefit of Manor Royal Business District and Crawley Borough Council working together and ensures that Manor Royal looks its best, continues to entice businesses and provides a more attractive working environment for the tens of thousands of people who are employed on the business district.”
The work of the maintenance team will be regularly reported on the Manor Royal website here so that everyone can see and keep track of the positive impact they are making.
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New deal for Manor Royal BID
The Manor Royal BID Company has signed a new deal with Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council aimed at supporting local businesses and boosting economic growth.
The signing of the Manor Royal Deal comes on the back of the recent vote by businesses to renew the Manor Royal BID (Business Improvement District) and the successful Crawley Growth Programme bid to secure an investment package of £60m for the town.
A recent study revealed the increasing importance of the Manor Royal Business District that now provides over a quarter of all jobs in Crawley, more than 30% of all business rates for the town and a home to over 600 businesses.
The study also highlighted the increasingly competitive environment in which Manor Royal operates and that close partnership working between businesses and the local authorities would be key to continued success.
The deal is the first of its kind in the county and sets out how the Manor Royal BID and the two councils will work together to plan and deliver additional services, including the Crawley Growth Programme, the new BID Business Plan, as well as respond to other opportunities as they arise.
“This Deal with the county and borough councils formalises what has become a very productive partnership over the past few years,” said Trevor Williams, Thales UK and Manor Royal BID Chair.
“The future programme is exciting but can only be achieved by clear and positive partnership between the BID and both councils. This is what the deal provides.”
Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said:
“The business community’s vote of confidence in the Manor Royal BID is testament to all the hard work that’s gone into the initiative in the last five years.
“Now we’re looking forward to continuing to help forge effective business partnerships in the Manor Royal Business District in the future.”
Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:
“Crawley Borough Council is committed to delivering better career prospects for local residents and to do that we need to maintain and develop Manor Royal’s status as one of the leading locations in the UK for doing business.
“The BID, in partnership with local councils, has already delivered much for the business district. This deal will enable us to take things to the next level.”
The three organisations are wasting no time and are already working together to plan the first projects to be delivered following the signing of the deal that will include new digital advertising signage and information boards, improvements to entranceways and significant investment in transport infrastructure.
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