In 2004 a local group of business people formed an effective network to alert each other to suspicious activity and incidents in the area. In 2009 the group formed a company, Witham Industrial Watch Ltd, and were successful in achieving Business Improvement District (BID) status for Witham’s industrial estates from 2009 to 2014.

    In 2014 businesses on the estates voted in favour of another five year BID term, from 2014-2019, operated by Witham Industrial Watch. BID 2014-2019 saw the continuation of the great improvements already in place, plus some new, exciting projects such as the installation of 8 defibrillators and training for 100+ people to use them.

    In 2019 once again businesses on the estates voted overwhelmingly in favour of another five year BID term, from 2019-2024. During this BID period CCTV and ANPR cameras will be replaced as necessary with newer technology and additional cameras added; signage on the estates will be reviewed and efforts will continue with regards to traffic flow and parking frustrations on the estates.

    2024 now brings a new ballot where businesses will decide on a 4th BID term, with a proposal for Witham Industrial Watch to continue operating it for the next 5 years, on behalf of the 350+ businesses it serves in the area.  Everything has been put in place for the 2024 BID Ballot and voting by the businesses across the estates takes place throughout July 2024.  The results will be announced in early August.

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    Left to right: Neil Jesse, Kate Carling, Philip Lawrence, Valerie Pattenden, Chris Dale

  • Witham Industrial Watch employs a full-time BID Manager and part-time Office Administrator. We support  businesses based in Witham's industrial estates by implementing and managing commitments to the area's BID status.

    Among other things, our aim is the improvement of security, signage safety and estate surroundings to facilitate a better business community. To this end, we have installed cameras (both ANPR & CCTV) together with defibrillators, we have erected signage on the estates and ensured sufficient salting/gritting of estate roads to allow businesses to continue to operate during sub-zero winter weather. We also continue to make representations to local councils to try to improve parking and traffic flow issues on the estates.

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