A new office, new business plan and new directors – Brackmills has started its third term as a Business Improvement District (BID) in style.
In March 2019 businesses voted yes to continuing the estate’s status as a BID, meaning more than £2million has been secured for the future of the estate – to spend on infrastructure, crime prevention, environment and business growth.
To celebrate and support the new BID, local company In ‘n’ Out Autocentres – which recently moved on to Brackmills Industrial Estate – has gifted offices and meeting room space to the BID team – giving the BID a dedicated and spacious home for the first time.
Jon Morgan, CEO at IN'n'OUT Autocentres, said: “Whilst we are new to Brackmills we have been in Northampton on Kettering Road and Towcester Road since 2008 and we have a lot of strong relationships and links here.
“So, giving back locally is something we feel strongly about and we were instantly impressed with Brackmills BID and its dedicated team when we moved on to the estate.
“The BID needs an office, we have the space, so it seemed an obvious fit and we are delighted to be gifting the premises and giving the BID the space they so need. I’m pleased to say I am now a director of the BID, meaning I join my fellow directors in volunteering my time to help shape the estate now and in the future. There are exciting times ahead.”
Sara Homer, executive chair of Brackmills BID, said: “A huge thank you to Jon and the In ‘n’ Out Autocentres team for their support. To have dedicated office space, complete with meeting areas and storage is such a significant step for the BID. We will be able to host meetings, have a central point of contact during emergencies, invite staff from across the estate to pop in and meet the team and so much more.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank John Lewis which as generously provided us with a room for several years = a place for us to work and store items This has been a huge help as the BID has grown and developed.”
Brackmills is now the UK’s first industrial estate to be awarded BID status for a third term and the next five years promise to be packed with investment and growth.
Sara added: “We will be running more events, promoting apprenticeships, organising training, look forward to welcoming new directors on to our board and hearing from estate staff about what is important to them over the next few years. We are here to make a difference.”