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AMAZING! Manor Royal BID secure another 5 years

An overwhelming 84% of the businesses that voted chose to renew the BID.

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Manor Royal businesses have voted in a formal, independent ballot and now the Manor Royal Business Improvement District (BID) will be extended for a further five years.

As a result, £2.6m, generated from the Levy, will be invested to improve the business district over the next five years, along with any additional funds the BID team secures from third parties.

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38% of companies on Manor Royal voted in the BID Ballot and of those, an overwhelming 84% chose to renew the BID. This vote of confidence means the BID team can now deliver the activities set out in a new Business Plan, which was posted to Levy Payers ahead of the ballot.

Companies and their employees on Manor Royal can continue to use existing BID services such as subsidised training and travel, free events and the Ranger and Maintenance teams, as well as benefit from new initiatives delivered over the next five years.

Trevor Williams of Thales UK and Manor Royal BID Chairman, said:

“We are obviously delighted with this result.  This vote provides a mandate for the BID to build on its previous achievements and continue to improve Manor Royal for those who work, visit and do business here.”

Prior to the ballot, the Manor Royal BID team widely consulted through formal research, events and group meetings to ensure the new business plan focuses on business needs.

Managing Director of Bon Appetit and Vice-Chairman of the BID, Keith Pordum said:

“For me it was an easy decision to vote ‘Yes’ for the BID renewal. I’ve seen the positive difference the BID has made for companies of all sizes located here.”

The Manor Royal BID team will now continue to champion West Sussex’s most successful and dynamic business district, to drive inward investment, deliver more infrastructure improvements and boost local trade.

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‘How is COVID-19 impacting your business?’ Crawley Council wants to know

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Tell Crawley Borough Council about the impact of coronavirus on your business.

The council, working together with Manor Royal BID, has released a new survey asking businesses to report how they have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. 

In response to the pandemic, the council is forming an Economic Recovery Taskforce alongside local businesses, community and stakeholder representatives to evaluate the true impact of the crisis on the local economy and develop a coherent Economic Recovery Plan for the town, including how the forthcoming Crawley Towns Fund programme should be spent to aid recovery.

This survey will provide the council and Manor Royal BID with “real time” information on the impact of the crisis on day to day business activity in Crawley and help the council and the BID to understand what additional support is needed for local businesses at this time.  

Businesses will be asked how staffing levels and turnover have been affected, what Government business support schemes they have used and what further support they may need.

All responses to the survey will be treated with confidence and the results will only be read by those involved in formulating a response to the COVID-19 crisis as part of Crawley’s Economic Recovery Plan.

Leader of Crawley Borough Council, Councillor Peter Lamb, said: “Our initial aim was to support businesses as quickly as possible, using the Government’s Small Business Rates Relief Grant and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. Now we need to look at our long term recovery plan and this includes hearing from businesses and finding out where further resources need to be directed.”

Executive Director at Manor Royal BID, Steve Sawyer, said:

“How we come through this will depend on our ability to work together for an even better Crawley. We will work enthusiastically alongside the council as part of the Crawley Taskforce, which begins with collecting meaningful data from businesses so we can design a place-specific collective response. We encourage all businesses to complete this short but important survey.”

To fill out the survey, visit crawley.gov.uk/council-information/how-council-works/consultation

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