Projects

Listening to your needs and improving the trading environment.

The BID Board has listened to the needs of businesses on the Penrith Business Parks and is committed to helping shape and improve our shared business environment.

That’s why the BID is commissioning several major projects in 2019, each designed to make a real difference to our business community. These initiatives will tackle the most common priorities and challenges identified by businesses on the Penrith Business Parks.

All the BID’s projects will help improve the trading environment for everyone and contribute to a prosperous and sustainable future.

Improving access

The BID will work to make the most of a great location. Improved signage will aim to boost the Penrith Business Parks’ presence in surrounding areas – reminding locals about the hundreds of great businesses right on their doorstep, while making it easier for drivers to find Penrith Business Parks.

The BID will also work with local authorities and land owners to make it easy for people to get to and from the Penrith Business Parks. This includes improving pedestrian walkways and cycleways so staff will have a choice to leave their cars at home.

New signage

Most businesses have asked for improved signage to highlight our great placement and boost our local presence. We’re looking at installing new signs across the Penrith Business Parks, with much clearer directions and a fresh new look. This will raise the profiles of businesses and make it easier for both locals and visitors to find them.

Improving walkways & cycle paths

There are so many benefits to walking or riding to work. We’re working to improve walkways and cycleways to make a better impression on locals and visitors and take advantage of our location close to Penrith town centre.

A clean environment

The BID is working to promote a clean and appealing environment across the Penrith Business Parks. Damage to property and goods, loss of amenity, constant cleaning and safety issues create their own ongoing costs. The BID will take a smart, coordinated approach to helping maintain an ideal place to work and do business. It’s about making a great impression on customers and visitors alike.

Pest control

Seagulls and rodents damage offices and stock and create ongoing cleaning and repair costs. They pose a risk to health and reduce the appeal of the location. The BID is currently seeking advice from several specialists on how best to manage pests across the Penrith Business Parks.

Clean Estates Campaign

We’ll run a Clean Estates Campaign to help businesses find smart solutions to manage their waste. Negotiating together, we’re in a strong position to ensure council services meet our needs and we’re also in talks to try to increase the number of waste bins available on the Penrith Business Parks.

Working together

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 new Business Improvement District arrangements, the local council must provide an explicit Baseline Services Agreement setting out the services the council currently provides. This covers things like street cleaning, waste collection and ground management. The BID will scrutinise these and speak with one voice to address shortfalls and make sure businesses’ needs are being met.

Joint provisioning of services

Some much-needed services are above and beyond what the local council provides as part of the Service Agreement. Together, businesses are in a great position to negotiate with service providers to provide additional services; with the small contribution the BID receives from each business achieving big results.

New campaigns

Bringing businesses together creates the chance to coordinate information campaigns and act as a catalyst for networking. The BID will spark cooperation between businesses and find smart new ways to improve the Penrith Business Parks for everyone.

Safety & security

Full of valuable goods and often empty at night – business parks can be a magnet for criminals.

As well as bearing the cost of property damage and insurance premiums – crime and safety issues also harm the image of the Penrith Business Parks, lower staff morale and waste time. Everyone should feel safe to walk to their car or lock up the building and leave for the night.

The BID has begun talks with Eden District Council and Cumbria Constabulary to address crime across the Penrith Business Parks. The aim is to help authorities prevent and deter crimes rather than react after the damage is done.

New ANPR Cameras

Security cameras are a great deterrent against crime and antisocial behaviour, but they can’t stop crimes as they’re occurring. The BID is aiming to install Automated Number Plate Recognition cameras at the entrance to all three business parks. This means authorities will know if a stolen or suspect vehicle appears, reacting to tackle crimes in a timely manner.

New street lighting, parking and traffic management

The BID will work with local authorities to help bring about improvements in these key areas – contributing to a safer trading environment for businesses, staff and visitors.

Want to get involved?

We’re looking for local businesses to help us deliver these fantastic projects. If you’d like to find out more simply fill out our contact form and tell us what you’re thinking.

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Improving our image

The BID has created a bright, modern identity for Penrith Industrial Estates. The new, unified brand will help to raise the profile of every business on the three estates that make up the Penrith Business Parks – and create a strong platform for businesses to market themselves. This brand will be a valuable resource for future projects and collaborations and make it easy to explain what the Penrith Business Parks are and what they do.

The Penrith Business Parks website will provide a comprehensive platform for businesses to promote their services and a valuable resource hub for information and new opportunities. The website will encourage collaboration and innovation and showcase the Penrith Business Parks as a great place to work and do business.

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