With over 150 businesses speaking as one, the Business Improvement District’s advocacy carries real weight. This puts businesses in a great negotiating position to tackle issues too big to take on alone. Together, businesses on the Penrith Business Parks have more buying power and fewer roadblocks when tackling priority issues.
Liaising with local authorities
As part of the Business Improvement District arrangements, the local council provide an explicit Baseline Services Agreement setting out the services provided by the council. This covers things like street cleaning, waste collection and ground management. The BID has worked hard with EDC to review and agree a Service Level Agreement which will provide a high level of service for levy payers.
Joint provisioning of services
The BID partnership with Cumbria Chamber of Commerce provides training, support, subsidy grants and much more to each business within Penrith Business Parks. The BID is commissioning training courses for First Aid and Health and Safety, which will be free of charge to levy payers.
Bringing businesses together creates the chance to coordinate information campaigns and act as a catalyst for networking, which can hopefully be reintroduced towards the end of 2021. The BID will spark cooperation between businesses and find smart new ways to improve the Penrith Business Parks for everyone.