Manor Royal Know Your Neighbour Opening

Manor Royal Business District is celebrating the success of two major Expo’s that took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Crawley on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th May. The annual ‘Know your Neighbour’ event, exclusive to Manor Royal companies, welcomed a record number of exhibitors and businesses.  This was complemented by the inaugural ‘Manor Royal Careers Expo’ the following day, which provided free work and training advice to local residents.  Over 110 companies reached out to more than 580 people over the two days.

Now in its sixth year, the ‘Know your Neighbour’ event provided a valuable opportunity for Manor Royal based organisations to improve their business networks and promote their products and services.  72 companies exhibited on the day including Tesla, Fastsigns, Varian and Heyland & Whittle, who won ‘Best Stand in Show’ and a microwave oven, kindly donated by Avensys Ltd.  As well as the exhibition, guests had an opportunity to hear about the latest BID projects and participate in a lively session of Business Bingo!

The next day, more than 350 local people attended the ‘Manor Royal Careers Expo’, to meet 42 companies from the business district, who collectively had c200 job vacancies on offer.  Virgin Atlantic, Elekta, Thales, TradeSkills4U, Deloitte, Crawley College and Avensys were some of those highlighting the careers available on Manor Royal Business District.  The event, held by the Manor Royal BID, was sponsored by the B&CE Group and created by Prowse & Co. Ltd.   Seminars were also popular, providing free training and advice for job seekers.

Trevor Williams, Director of Thales and Chairman of Manor Royal BID said: “Year-on-year, the success of Manor Royal BID events demonstrates the value of bringing together people and businesses from Manor Royal and I would like to thank everyone who participated. Manor Royal BID is looking forward to delivering our next five-year BID term from 2018-2022 as we continue to build on the energy and diversity of our growing business community.”

Zoe Wright, Group Director of People at B&CE, said: “We were proud to be able to sponsor the first Manor Royal Careers Expo. As a thriving business area, the Manor Royal Business District provides over 30,000 jobs locally and B&CE is always looking for great local talent to join our team. We saw some great people at the Expo and fingers crossed will be making some job offers soon!”

Steve Sawyer, Executive Director of Manor Royal BID added: “We were delighted to extend our popular ‘Know Your Neighbour’ event this year, by reaching out to the wider community and providing an opportunity for local people to discover more about the companies and work opportunities located on their doorstep via the Careers Expo.  There was strong support from businesses and we were delighted to see so many people attend.”

For more information about Manor Royal Business District and the job vacancies on offer from Manor Royal companies visit

Steve Sawyer (MR BID) Zoe Wright (B&CE) & Joanne Rogers (Prowse & Co)

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