Name and job title: Sara Homer, Brackmills Industrial Estate Business Improvement District Chair
Company: Brackmills Industrial Estate Business Improvement District (BID)
Category sponsored: Achiever of the Year
Your business: In a few words, can you tell us what your company does?
Brackmills Industrial Estate BID is an active, business-led partnership with a clear business plan that was voted for by businesses on the estate. The BID works with local and regional stakeholders to define quality services and standards throughout the industrial estate, and to undertake additional activities and services to complement those provided by partners, such as the Police and Borough/County councils.
We organise, run and lead a host of initiatives and events that will benefit resident businesses, including a focus on crime and security, ensuring access on and off the estate, such as additional winter gritting, a new and improved bus service and extensive road improvements.
Brackmills Industrial Estate is home to a range of logistics and distribution companies but also to manufacturing, SMEs, printers, food and drink outlets and many more.
Why have you chosen this particular category to sponsor and what aligns your business to the Northamptonshire Logistics Awards?
Brackmills Industrial Estate BID covers one of the most prominent locations for logistics and distribution in the country. It is also home to a wide variety of important manufacturing, service and trading companies which all make valuable contributions to the local economy in Northamptonshire. We chose the Achiever of the Year category as one of our objectives is to encourage and support relationships and schemes between businesses and organisations which seek to develop skills and have a positive impact upon their current business performance and future business development. Our category enables us to celebrate and recognise a diverse range of talented individuals working in thriving and innovative companies. We would urge businesses from across the county to really think about the talented staff they employ – and don’t forget you make more than one nomination.
What major challenges do you think the logistics sector faces?
Our driving workforce are in reality getting older and we need to recruit sufficiently skilled younger people into the logistics sector, which is too frequently not appreciated for the phenomenal sector it is and the range of job opportunities it provides. We also need to think about suitable sites for business operations.
And how will your company tackle these challenges?
We work with Brackmills businesses of all shapes and sizes and also with organisations such as The University of Northampton, Armed Forces, Northampton College and South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) to highlight the sector and signpost opportunities for recruitment and training.
We talk to, listen to and respond to the needs of Brackmills businesses and we encourage businesses to get involved in the range of forums, working groups, events and initiatives we run.
Can you share an unknown fact about your company?
Brackmills Industrial Estate is 720 acres and home to 180 businesses. It won Campaigner of the Year at the ATCM Awards in 2016.
What country, other than the UK, is your business most closely aligned to?
Businesses on the estate have bases throughout the world including Canada, China and India, as well as closer European neighbours such as Belgium, France and Germany.
We want to encourage as many businesses in the logistics sector to enter these awards – what words of encouragement can you share with us? Why do you think these awards are so important?
Celebrating success and good practice in Northamptonshire logistics will help promote the sector, attract new and growing businesses and generate more jobs for local people. Let’s also not forget that entering, being shortlisted and winning an award is a superb way to fly the flag for your business, get great PR and celebrate your excellence to a wider audience.
What advice or words of wisdom do you have for a successful career and business?
To have a good work ethic, good environment and infrastructure around you, and to be working with a good team.
As chair of the BID I would also urge businesses to find out more about their local Business Improvement District or consider contacting us for more information – you may be able to set up and be part of this innovative movement yourselves and the benefits are huge.
In three words what does Northamptonshire mean to you?
Growth, opportunity, success.
The Brackmills Industrial Estate business improvement district covers one of the most prominent locations for logistics and distribution in the country.
It is also home to a wide variety of important manufacturing, service and trading companies which all make valuable contributions to the local economy in Northamptonshire.
Brackmills Industrial Estate, Northampton, comprises of some 3.9 Sq Km of business premises such as industrial, warehousing and office space and is located on the south eastern side of Northampton. The Brackmills Industrial Estate, Northampton, is home to over 140 companies many key not just to Northampton and the county, but further afield. There are currently in excess of 11000 people employed on Brackmills Industrial Estate, Northampton, and neighbouring Northampton Business Park.
Brackmills Industrial Estate, Northampton, has been built by a number of developers over the years, rather than one developer, ensuring a plethora of different size and style buildings throughout the estate.