BID chairman hails its ‘community spirit’

THE CHAIRMAN of the Business Improvement District at Lancing Business Park has hailed the organisation’s ‘excellent community spirit’ following its annual general meeting.

Guests gather at the annual general meeting of Lancing Business Parks Business Improvement District SUS-140227-152921001

The BID held its annual meeting at Eschmann House, Lancing, on February 20, as well as an inter-park trade show, which was attended by more than 100 firms.

The organisation sees numerous businesses on the park join together to finance various projects and provide a collective voice for working with authorities such as the police and local councils.

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Park and BID chairman Mike Punter said: “We were very pleased with the meeting, which attracted a record attendance.

“Things are looking really positive and the BID has excellent community spirit, with many businesses coming together to support it.”

Guests at the event included East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton and the leaders of Adur and West Sussex County Council.

A talk was also given by Brighton and Hove Albion business development manager Paul Rogers, who updated the guests on the progress of the new training ground, to be located nearby, off Mash Barn Lane.

The event was also an opportunity for the businesses to speak to the police about travellers, who recently caused problems by settling in a car park on the business park.

Mr Punter said: “The police explained their position on the traveller situation and what was happening in West Sussex in terms of building a traveller camp for them.

“They explained how this would give them more powers to intervene in the future.”

Mr Punter said the park was currently enjoying a strong period, with the BID, which has now been running over five years, helping to unite firms.

He said: “People are doing lots of things for each other. Tonnes of waste paper and card have been recycled thanks to the work of the BID, and free health and safety checks for employees across the park have also been secured.”

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