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Manor Royal BID Presents Plans for Future

Manor Royal BID Presents Plans for Future

More than 130 representatives from companies across Manor Royal Business District packed Crawley’s Sandman Signature Hotel on 7 November for a business conference organised by the Manor Royal Business Improvement District (BID).

Fiona Wright, a Director of British BIDS, chaired the conference which included sessions on plans to improve Manor Royal Business District to make it a more attractive location for people to work.  Fiona set the scene by presenting findings from a recent national BIDs survey.  She said that Manor Royal BID is one of 283 BIDs that have been established across the UK since 2005.

A new BID business plan was launched at the event by Trevor Williams, Director of Thales and Chairman of the Manor Royal BID and Steve Sawyer, Executive Director.  The plan sets outs the proposed activities for a second five-year BID term,  that businesses will be voting on in a ballot to be held in February 2018.

Simon Quin, a visiting Professor from the Institute of Place in Manchester, spoke about the need for organisations to create spaces that their staff will want to work in if they want to attract the best talent.  He said that research that has shown that the environment in which we work can impact on our lifespans by as much as 10%, and that when people have an emotional attachment to a place, they are more likely to work together to improve it.”

Ciaran Gunne-Jones of Lichfields UK, a leading UK planning and development consultancy, previewed a new Economic Impact Study for Manor Royal Business District, concluding that Manor Royal is the “powerhouse of the Gatwick Diamond”.  His research has shown that floorspace on Manor Royal has grown by 18% since 2010 and the number of companies located there has also grown by more than 5%. 

Breakout sessions on transport and people matters were also held during the conference and the BID unveiled potential new plans drawn up by Allen Scott Architects to improve the business district environment over the next five years.

The conference was deemed a success and a great opportunity for businesses to discover more about current BID activities and plans for the future on Manor Royal Business District in Crawley. 

  • View the Manor Royal BID2 Business Plan here
  • View the Manor Royal BID Presentation here
  • View the Event Chair Presentation (Fiona Wright, British BIDs) here
  • View Simon Quin's Presentation here
  • View Lichfields' Presentation here
  • View the Transport Matters Breakout Session presentation here
  • View the Manor Royal Projects Pack from Allen Scott Architects here.

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