Businesses launch bid to improve industrial estate
Date Added: 03/02/2015
Businesses from Middlefield Industrial Estate have launched their plan to turn the Sandy industrial estate into a Business Improvement District.
Businesses from across the area have formed a steering group to promote the BID, which they say will have significant benefits for all involved. Now they are sending out ballot papers to all businesses to have their say on the proposal.
Michael Tucker, director of Manor Concepts refrigeration and chairman of the Middlefield BID steering group said: “This is an exciting chance for businesses to vote for a project which will give them their own budget and a real influence on matters which impact upon the operation of their business and make a difference to their turnover and profit.
“The BID will bring businesses together in a way which has been seen to make a significant difference to other industrial estates around the country and many towns and city centres.
“Our research showed that 64 per cent of businesses thought the area had either deteriorated or stayed the same as a place to do business. We have to reverse this situation. The ballot papers are going out now and we are encouraging all businesses to vote yes so that they can really make a difference to this area and make it a great place to invest and work.”
Over the last year the steering group has worked with Central Bedfordshire Council to develop the business plan on which businesses will vote.
Councillor Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “We’ve been really pleased to work alongside the steering group to try and make the BID a reality. We’re committed to boosting business across Central Bedfordshire and this is the perfect way for us to work with companies in Middlefield to help them improve their operating environment.”
The two main objectives of the plan are to provide a safe and secure working environment for all businesses, workers, visitors and vehicles on the industrial estate, and to provide a smart and effective operating environment for businesses and for people who work there.
If the vote goes through then all the businesses in the industrial estate will contribute a small amount of money for the delivery of this plan and to enable these things to happen.
Mr Tucker added: “A business improvement district provides us with an opportunity to forge links between us and work on projects which we initiate and which are important to us as committed and hardworking business people.
“Industrial estates and business parks across the UK are changing rapidly and we need to ensure that Middlefield does not become a backwater with a run-down operating environment.
“The BID plan provides us with a clear direction for a new exciting era in Middlefield and it is so important that all the businesses who have helped shape this plan vote yes in the ballot so that we can all work together for a great future for our area and our businesses.
“Businesses are being urged to look out for their ballot paper and make sure they vote. The result of the ballot will be known at the end of March"