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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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Gatwick Diamond Business announce new Chief Executive

“Jeremy Taylor, leaves me with a hard act to follow”, says the newly appointed CE.



Gatwick Diamond Business have announced their new Chief Executive, who will take over from Jeremy Taylor – Mr Taylor spent 14 years in the organisation.

In a statement released yesterday, Gatwick Diamond Business said they’re ‘delighted’ to announce the appointment of their new Chief Executive, Jeff Alexander.

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Jeff has lived in the Gatwick Diamond for most of his working life and brings a background in economic development and business support.

He has the advantage of already having worked closely with businesses and partner organisations across the Gatwick Diamond.

“I know the previous Chief Executive, Jeremy Taylor, leaves me with a hard act to follow after 14 years heading gdb, but I also inherit a great team which includes the support and guidance of a highly-experienced and committed Executive Council which includes business leaders from across the Gatwick Diamond.”

Jeff continued, “No organisation can afford to stand still, and I look forward to working with the gdb team to build on their success and further develop our offer to our members and prospective new members. I think this is particularly important now given the need for business to respond to challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us.

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“The Gatwick Diamond is one of the strongest local economies, not just in the region but in the UK. This is built on business investment and success. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work in support our businesses to help them flourish and grow the economy of an area to which I have strong personal and professional commitment.”

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