24 May 2017

Manor Royal BID hosted more than 300 business representatives at its latest ‘Know Your Neighbour Expo’ at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Crawley on Tuesday 16 May 2017.

Held annually, the event provides an opportunity for all companies based on Manor Royal Business District to meet and do business with each other.  As well as an exhibition, the event included speed networking and a pop-up photographic studio.

Cllr Brian Quinn (Mayor-elect for Crawley) attended the event and opened the proceedings before touring the exhibition with his wife.  Among the 65 companies exhibiting at the event, were Avensys Ltd, Treetop Design & Print, NatWest and Anise Catering.  The ‘Best Stand in Show’ went to The Bridgeham Clinic, who recently relocated their expanding business to County Oak Way in Manor Royal. 

Lisa Stevens, Group Business Development Consultant at Go Vauxhall, whose company also had a stand at the event said: “WOW - what an event.  The buzz was incredible and there were people everywhere.”

During a seminar at the event, the Manor Royal BID leadership team spoke about plans to further improve the business district in the year ahead, including the introduction of several new BID services.   The BID team is currently preparing a new business plan that reflects the priorities of businesses located on Manor Royal, which will form the basis of a further five-year BID term, proposed for 2018-2022.

Trevor Williams, Director of Thales and Chairman of Manor Royal BID said at the Expo: “This event has been a tremendous success and I would like to thank all those who participated.  Manor Royal BID has an ambitious vision which relies on us harnessing the energy of businesses in our community and our partners, to tackle the challenges ahead.  Events, such as Know Your Neighbour, help us to encourage local trade for the benefit of all.”

Also speaking at the event was Steve Sawyer, Executive Director of Manor Royal BID who said: “This is the fifth year that we have run this event and it just gets better every time.   It is a great opportunity for local companies to learn more about each other and discover what services and products are available on their doorstep in our vibrant business neighbourhood.”

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