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Manor Royal Matters Conference Success

Manor Royal Matters Conference Success

More than 145 representatives from companies across Manor Royal Business District packed Crawley’s Sandman Signature Hotel today (9 November) for a business conference organised by the Manor Royal BID.

Chaired by Dr Julie Grail, a national expert on business improvement districts and place management, the event included sessions on the local economy, Brexit and transport.  Dr Grail spoke about the characteristics of successful BIDs and their future challenges.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport, spoke at the conference reinforcing Gatwick’s commitment to the area. He said that Gatwick still has a bright future despite the Government’s decision to expand air capacity at Heathrow, and that he plans to develop Gatwick’s supply chains to bring sustainable growth for the benefit of local companies.

Nick Smales, West Sussex County Council’s newly appointed Director of Economy, Planning and Place, talked about the unprecedented levels of change taking place within local government, set against a backdrop of increasing demand pressures on services.

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive of Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership chaired a panel debate on economic matters, featuring representatives from Grant Thornton, Vail Williams and the Gatwick Diamond Initiative.  A session was also held on transport issues, chaired by Jeremy Taylor of Gatwick Diamond Business.

Chairman of Manor Royal BID, Trevor Williams hosted the event, alongside Steve Sawyer, Executive Director.  Steve Sawyer, who revealed the findings of a recent BID business survey during the conference said:

“This was an important event for Manor Royal BID at a time when we are both reflecting on the progress the BID has made to date and looking forward to our future priorities in uncertain times.”  He continued: “Events like these enable us to debate important issues, listen to the views of local business leaders and engender a stronger sense of community across Manor Royal Business District.”

View the keynote presentations here.

View Stewart Wingate's presentation here.

View Nick Smale's presentation here.

View the Manor Royal BID Survey findings here.

View the Manor Royal Transport Survey findings here.

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