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"The Witham Industrial Watch BID has had ten years of success bringing businesses of all sizes together for the greater good to champion our industrial estates. I have been incredibly impressed at how the Witham Industrial Watch BID has facilitated a relentless focus on delivering and implementing positive changes in a way that no other authority or agency can. I have been pleased to work closely with the team to promote the businesses on the industrial estates, including to support them in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour and campaigning for improvements to infrastructure. The benefits of the Witham Industrial Watch BID are clear and their presence helps local firms to grow from strength-to -strength and to support local employment. As we look ahead to the next five years and the challenges that our Town and industrial estates face, I feel confident that we will be best-placed to overcome those pressures by giving the Witham Industrial Watch BID a renewed mandate. Witham needs its thriving industrial estates and the Witham Industrial Watch BID is instrumental to their success and to our attractiveness as a town."

Rt Hon Priti Patel MP

"We want businesses in our district to thrive and that is only possible when we all work together. Witham Industrial Watch is a real force for good and shows what can be achieved when businesses pull together to make the district a great place to do business."

Cllr Graham Butland - Leader of Braintree District council

"We have found WIW to be an invaluable part of the support structure for businesses on the estate since it was established.  Crime levels have significantly declined and the warning emails sent out when anyone has a problem have definitely helped avoid many issues.  No matter how big or small a problem WIW go out of their way to help if they can and it is a resource that we feel is vital in keeping the estates safer and a better place to work.  Huge credit to Dave and Ann for all they have done and are doing, it is greatly appreciated."

Nicola Copsey – Peter Copsey

"WIW have been a great asset to the estate and have supported our business with many different enquiries throughout the years. From fast and effective communication to any problems on the estate to ensuring the roads were cleared of snow last year, they have been a great help. Thanks."

Steve Gracie - Dental Directory

"Since being here, no problem has ever been too much for WIW. We were welcome from the 1st time we moved to Eastways into our unit 5 years ago. The care and attention still remains the same.  Being a part of the WIW, we have been a part of a community of businesses that look out for each other day to day.  I would thank the WIW team in believing in what they do, and letting us know that we matter to them.  Informative news letters, emails and visits, always willing to listen and take action.  Thank you to all concerned in making Eastways a great place to work."

Neal Fairclough - The Wiltshire Farm Foods Witham Team

"Ann and David make working in Witham feel really community spirited.  Us members are all likeminded; looking out for one another and sharing information to help keep ourselves and our neighbours safe and knowledgable about all matter of things happening in and around our estates.  Personally, I have benefited from the defibrillator/CPR training course arranged by Witham Industrial Watch, which has given me a great sense of pride that I can take anywhere.  Ann and David do a fabulous job nurturing Witham Industrial Watch and keeping us all connected."

Clare Cracknell – Red Recruit

"I think your support is great, you think of everything I was especially impressed with you contacting the highways agency with respect to the muddy walk in to the estate now they have finished the bridge. You go above and beyond and always keep everyone up to date with what is going on."

Rachel Nickels - Technology Business Services

"The actions of WIW are hugely beneficial to us as a business based on Eastways. Continuous updates from David and Ann enable us to be aware of activities within the area, whilst notifications of any suspicious activities enable us to analyse our own security measures and warn our staff of any potential risks, The installation and training for the defibrillators has also helped to make the estates a safer place to work. We are appreciative of the efforts of the WIW which are a valuable resource to all businesses based on the industrial estates of Witham."

Les Hall – Velta Group

"Witham Industrial Watch provides valuable security support at a time when there have been increasing thefts / break-in’s in the local area. Also, it is very useful to have the links with other local businesses."

Liz Lown - Operations Director

"On behalf of Witham Town Council I am absolutely delighted that WIW has another 5 year mandate so they can continue their great work for the period 2019-2024."

Witham Town Mayor, Cllr. Clare Lager

"WIW has formed a close and valued working relationship with the Local Community Policing Team. They have worked tirelessly to provide members with real-time crime information and crime prevention advice. WIW provides a key link between businesses and local officers. We look forward to further enhancing our links with WIW in the coming years."

Chief Inspector Janette Rawlingson

"Witham is a vibrant town, with business at the heart of its community. My vision for Essex is that safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build success and wellbeing for all and this initiative complements this. I'm delighted to support the BID and look forward to seeing its work develop in the future."

Roger Hirst, Police - Fire & Crime Commissioner for Essex

"Measures put in place by the directors and staff of WIW during the 2014 - 2019 BID period have mitigated crime risks whilst providing a better working environment for all."

Stephen Armson-Smith - Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor

"We want more jobs and opportunities for everyone who lives and works in our district and Witham Industrial Watch is a great example of partnership working positively impacting on businesses and the wider community. The better businesses perform, the more jobs they provide and the better the effect on our economy."

Cllr. Tom Cunningham - Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Braintree District Council

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