The Ferndown and Uddens estate is occupied by businesses which set high standards of reputation for their own operating environments and services to customers. The estate environment and infrastructure should also reflect those standards.
The Ferndown and Uddens Estate
Many businesses on an estate will make significant investments in extending and refurbishing their premises and it is essential that this investment is not undermined by an environment beyond their businesses which may be unsafe, dilapidated and impact negatively upon visitor and client perception and effective business operation.
The improvements made by a BID are determined by businesses and can include core services such as additional cleansing and security or more wide-ranging projects such as recycling, business support, improved infrastructure, area branding and promotion. BIDs work closely with their local partners to achieve the improvements that businesses desire for an area.
Technology (e.g. Hi-speed Broadband)
Business support is vital to any BID with better information technology and more sophisticated broadband networks essential for many operations. Feedback has already indicated that this is a number one priority for businesses on the Ferndown and Uddens Estates. The availability, cost and access to high speed broadband are top of the BID’s list of actions and with broad support for the BID more can be done to make our voices heard.
Area Branding and Promotion
An attractive branded estate is a welcoming place to work and grow your business in and can be a key issue in the formation of a BID. Tired, older estates often mean safety and security is compromised and the environment has not been well looked after. Promotion of the estate can also allow new businesses to investigate potential new premises and encourage existing businesses to stay put.
Improved Infrastructure, Transport Access and Circulation Control
Good transport links are fundamental in the successful operation of the businesses on the estate and score highly in improvement issues in BIDs across the UK. Poor road safety, irresponsible parking and access on and off estates are also issues effecting businesses.
Employment and Stable Workforce
The importance of an estate bringing employment to the area is paramount to create a stable workforce. Other issues can be tackled, such as safety and security and improved transport links to help encourage employees to stay on the estate.
Recycling and Environment
Street cleanliness and the state of the landscaping of an estate are some of the worst issues faced by an estate. Improved facilities for recycling and rubbish collection can improve the environment ten immensely. A clean, well looked after natural environment is important for business communities also.
Safety and Security
This is almost always the most important factor effecting business performance. Most companies on estates have established security however those parts of estates and businesses which do not have secure perimeters are often targets for break-ins, and theft from anything left outside. Theft of vehicles and their loads are an all too frequent occurrence on estates, with even low value loads being targeted as easy pickings for well organised gangs. Safety and security during evenings, night time and weekends can give the biggest rise for concern.