Brackmills, one of the UK’s most prestigious logistics and transport hubs, based near junction 15 of the M1, has been a thriving BID for the last five years, with the 130 plus resident companies working hard to achieve an all-time crime low, highways improvement and a cleaner, safer and more secure environment.
Sara Homer, BID Executive Chair for Brackmills, said: “In 2008 Brackmills was a decaying industrial area, one of the top UK targets for criminal gangs for theft of and from lorries, an area littered with cars, muddy verges and road hazards resulting in fatalities. Today crime is at an all-time low, roads are gritted in winter and the overall feel of the estate is cleaner and greener with new bus services, managed cycle paths and safer footpaths.
“We are confident that if we had not come together to form a Business Improvement District the decaying environment of Brackmills would have presented costly challenges to the businesses operating here. This new Business Plan not only addresses the physical challenges of the area but also creates a strong platform from which to provide even more business support in the coming years.”
The estate’s new Business Plan, based on feedback and surveys completed by Brackmills staff and employers, has prioritised improved broadband speeds, improved access on and off the estate, support with training and temporary staff and a continued focus on security.
Peter Hannon, a Brackmills BID Director and Managing Director of Harting UK, an interconnection components company based on Brackmills, said: “Improved broadband offering is high on our list of priorities for the next five years. We need to accelerate and roll this out across the estate for the benefit of all businesses.
“In 2009 Brackmills secured the highest YES vote ever recorded by a UK BID and in March we are committed to regaining our BID status, to ensure that all the good work and dramatic improvements we have secured in the last five years continue and that Brackmills does not return to the estate it used to be. Our message is vote YES.”
Nick Lowe, Managing Director of DACHSER Ltd, said: “Having been present on Brackmills since 1983, Dachser is committed to the estate because of the many benefits it gives us. The location itself and the accessibility to the major road and motorway networks obviously play a big part for an international logistics business such as ours, but in addition the infrastructure of Brackmills has improved significantly over the past few years under the auspices of the BID. There is clear evidence that Brackmills has increased its profile and is becoming a 'destination of choice' for more and more companies.
“All of this influenced our decision to remain on Brackmills with our major investment in a new integrated logistics centre, combining all our activities and providing extra capacity for our future growth, due to open at the end of March.”
Brackmills has thrived as an estate since companies voted YES to becoming a BID in 2009 and in the last year alone recorded crime has dropped by more than 10% to an all-time low and major highways projects have been completed.
The BID’s first five-year term is now approaching its end so businesses on the estate are now being asked to vote YES to a further five years.
Activities the estate will focus on for the next five years, requested by resident companies, will include:
1. Improved broadband and power supply
2. Traffic calming without road humps
3. Extra winter gritting and improved lighting
4. CCTV cameras 24/7 and a dedicated Police Community Support Officer for the estate
5. Facilities to eat, meet and relax
6. Better appearance of vacant sites
A BID can only last five years and the end of Brackmills’ first BID is in May 2014, so businesses are being asked to vote Yes in the BID ballot this March.
Being part of the next BID will mean businesses paying and pooling a levy, set at 1% of each business’ rateable value.
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