Manor Royal Business District

"Where the best companies and people choose to be for the strength of its business community and the quality of its trading and working environment." (Manor Royal BID Vision)

Crawley’s Manor Royal Business District is the biggest business park in the Gatwick Diamond area and one of the south east's premier mixed activity employment hubs.

Situated adjacent to Gatwick Airport on the Sussex and Surrey county borders, it provides almost 10 million square feet of commercial floorspace across an area of 240 hectares. It’s home to more than 500 businesses and generates 30,000 jobs.

Manor Royal has consistently been a popular choice for a diverse range of occupiers, including a host of blue chip global brands.

Manor Royal Business Improvement District (BID)

In June 2013 businesses collaborated to set up the UK’s largest Business Improvement District (BID)

Created and managed by Manor Royal businesses, the Manor Royal BID exists to deliver a host of projects, initiatives and improvements specifically benefiting the BID’s businesses and their staff.

Vital additional investment is generated by the Manor Royal BID that also provides a supportive and welcoming environment for new and existing businesses and staff.

NEW - Manor Royal Business Improvement District (BID) Seeks New 5-Year Term

The Manor Royal BID in Crawley has published an ambitious Business Plan for a new five-year term and is urging businesses on Manor Royal to vote in its renewal Ballot on 1 February.  The Business Plan covers the period 2018 to 2023 and sets out the achievements of the BID over its first five-year term as well as bold new plans for the next five years.

"Today Manor Royal Business District is a very different place to the one we were all working and trading in a few years ago”, says Trevor Williams of Thales, which employs more than 2,100 people on Manor Royal.  “There are more businesses, fewer vacant buildings, and more developments underway".

Trevor believes that the Manor Royal BID, of which he is Chairman, has been the driving force of these changes, bringing together a collective business voice with public sector partners including Crawley Borough Council.

The BID is run by and for Manor Royal companies.  This has enabled investment to improve Manor Royal’s broadband infrastructure, roads and security, as well as the delivery of subsidised transport and training initiatives.”   If businesses vote to renew the BID, this will generate a fund of circa £2.6m over a five-year period to be reinvested across the business district, along with any additional funds the BID team secures from other parties.

Trevor’s concern is that all these improvements and services will be lost if the BID is not renewed next month when those businesses expected to pay the BID Levy will vote to retain the Manor Royal BID for a second five-year term.  

If the majority of businesses vote "yes" the Manor Royal BID will contonue until 2023 and be able to deliver its ambitious plans. However if the majority of businesses vote "no" the BID will stop, as will the additional sevrices it provides such as the Manor Royal Rangers and Maintenance Teams and Winter Gritting Services.  

“This is a crucial time for the Manor Royal BID,” adds Keith Pordum, Managing Director of Bon Appetit and Vice-Chair of the BID. “Such a lot has been achieved over the first term that would not have happened without the BID. The plans for the next five years are even more exciting, so I would urge all those eligible to vote in favour of a new BID term.”   

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