£1Million Business Fund Supports Improvements in Central Milton Keynes

    Thanks to businesses in Central Milton Keynes (CMK), a fund of £1m enables MyMiltonKeynes to deliver improvements to make the city centre safer, cleaner, better connected, smarter and more vibrant than ever before.

    It has also allowed it to provide additional support to the wider community and to adapt quickly to ever-changing demands during recent challenging times.

    MyMiltonKeynes has invested in many important improvements to the city centre during 2019/20, including £75,000 over 3 years of funding to furnish the YMCA Stage One Hostel, funding 4,000 hours of dedicated Thames Valley Police Officers and raising awareness and £3,000 so far for MK Homelessness Partnership, through nine ‘Tap & Donate’ devices across CMK.

    The Business Improvement District (BID) is also responsible for implementing a £10,000 revitalisation project to regenerate the areas surrounding the outdoor market, on behalf of MK Council, including pavement replacement and repainting street furniture. It has also managed pest control reduction and landscaping works within the city centre.

    There are now 8,000 users signed up to the MyMiltonKeynes app, which includes intelligent parking information covering 10,600 bays, regular MyBus updates, with the service seeing 60,000 user journeys to date, and more than 100 retail and leisure promotions via MyRewards.

    Last years’ events calendar also enabled the BID to host 6,000 visitors at the MyCinema events in Fred Roche Gardens, 3,000 guests at the City Centre Christmas Lights Switch On, as well as investing £18,000 to support local community and charity fundraising events in Milton Keynes.

    In celebration of this investment and the BIDs continued work to support improvements in CMK, MyMiltonKeynes picked up a Milton Keynes Business Achievement Award (MKBAA) 2020 for Business Impact in the Community, at awards in March.

    Melanie Beck, CEO of MyMiltonKeynes explains: “We are immensely proud of all that we have achieved for businesses, residents and the wider community over the past year.

    “During 20/21 we look to upscale our current work on safety and cleanliness, but at the heart of our plan will be to support our businesses to Reset, Restart and Recover in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, with an emphasis on Safety for All in CMK.”

    To keep up to date with all of the latest information from Your Business Improvement District follow @MyMiltonKeynes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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