The Brackmills Industrial Estate comprises of 730 acres of industrial, warehousing and office space and is located on the south eastern side of Northampton. The estate is home to 150 companies, many key not to just Northampton and the county, but also nationally and internationally. In excess of 18,000 people are employed on the estate.
In October 2005 Northamptonshire Enterprise Ltd brought businesses together to form the Brackmills Estate Group to discuss issues raised by companies on the Industrial Estate.
By 2007 Brackmills estate had seen a general decline in standards and had more vacant premises than any other industrial estate within the county. The Brackmills Industrial Estate had been built by a number of different developers over the years, rather than a developer taking overall control and consequently there was no over-all management regime in place. This made the tackling of issues very difficult.
Northamptonshire Enterprise Ltd commissioned BRM Solutions Ltd to undertake a, Business Crime Research & Solutions Feasibility Study aimed at providing information and guidance necessary for decision makers at all levels to make informed and “future proofed” choices for the Brackmills Industrial Estate.
The project had 4 objectives –
Discussions between businesses on the estate, Northampton Enterprise Ltd and the Northampton Borough Council reached a point where they considered that the way to address these issues on a sustainable basis was to develop the area into a Business Improvement District.
In 2008 Northampton Borough Council commissioned Partnerships for Better Business Ltd (pfbb) to scope and develop Brackmills Industrial Estate into a Business Improvement District. At this time Northamptonshire Enterprise Ltd was working with Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton Borough Council to put together a funding application to install ANPR on the access roads and CCTV cameras onto roads to monitor lorry parking areas. In order to secure the funding, pfbb worked with the businesses as part of the BID development work, to secure the commitment to fund the maintenance and monitoring of the ANPR and CCTV cameras. This enabled the installation of the cameras and the maintenance and monitoring of the cameras was built into the BID plan along with tackling other issues identified as concerns by the businesses on the estate.
In 2009 Brackmills Industrial Estate became a Business Improvement District with 90% of businesses by number and 94% by value voting in favour of the BID plan and pfbb was awarded the contract to provide a dedicated Estate Manger and Project and Contract management services to the BID company.
The BID is working in partnership with the above organisations
Brackmills Industrial Estate Limited
c/o John Lewis Partnership
1 – 2 Mercury Drive
Brackmills Industrial Estate
Telephone: 07875 275688
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