A HAPPY and prosperous New Year for all - that's the message from the Brackmills Business Improvement District (BID) team who have exciting plans afoot for 2020.
Last June, the Northampton industrial estate renewed its status as a BID, meaning that more than £2m is being pooled, with every penny set to be invested on the estate.
Plans afoot include a return of the popular business breakfasts, drop in employee catch-up sessions and a new awards scheme for businesses on the estate.
The estate's commitment to safety and security will continue to ramp up. Crime has been at an all-time low for the last few years, whereas pre-BID crime and anti-social behaviour was rife and there were issues with travellers and encampments. £628,000 has been earmarked specifically for crime prevention and safety over the next five years.
In addition, £735,000 is set to be spent on infrastructure, £215,000 on the estate's environment and £194,000 on business growth and investment.
Sara Homer, promoted from BID Chair to CEO of Brackmills BID last year, said: "We would like to wish all our Brackmills businesses as well as organisations throughout the county a very happy New Year. What an exciting year we have ahead of us.
"Achieving the Yes vote for a renewal of our BID status has secured a bright future for the estate. We have funds to invest, a committed board of voluntary directors and more than 14,000 businesses calling Brackmills their home."
Other BID plans include a new focus on community and environmental projects.
Sara said: "So many of our businesses do incredible things for charity, for the wellbeing of their staff, for the estate's environment. We have designed a new Giving Back portal on a website to promote just this and to celebrate all the unsung heroes on our estate as well as all the excellent causes they support."
On Friday, 31 January Brackmills is hosting two events, in conjunction with The University of Northampton. Both will be held at Northampton's Nene Whitewater Rafting Centre.
* Counter Terrorism Briefing and Clandestine Lorry Drops, 9.15am registration to 12.30pm
* Anti-Counter Terrorism Document Awareness Session, 1.30pm to 4.30pm.