Interdirect were delighted to hear overnight that Milton Keynes has been awarded official city status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Milton Keynes is truly unique. Created during the early years of the Queen’s reign, it was one of the most famous new towns in the post war era, playing a vital role in the history of the United Kingdom despite being only 55 years old.
It was with great honour that our Managing Director, Nicholas Mann, who is also Chair of the Milton Keynes Business Leaders Partnership, took up a vice-chair position, supporting John Moffoot MBE, MK Council, and a group of more than 50 individuals and organisations, to develop the Application for City Status. And it was of course befitting of Milton Keynes’ technological prowess that this bid commenced its journey to Her Majesty via a Starship Robot.
From all corners of communities across Milton Keynes, the wealth of public support for the bid was phenomenal. As Mayor of Milton Keynes at the time, Cllr Mohammed Khan noted, if city status was granted based on the strength of feeling that people have for their home, then Milton Keynes would be in no doubt of being named a city.
This week it was also announced that the successor of Cllr Mohammed Kahn to take up the position of Mayor of Milton Keynes was Cllr Amanda Marlow. Not only does Amanda become the 50th Mayor of Milton Keynes and the first female Mayor in the borough for a decade, but she also becomes the first Mayor of Milton Keynes as an official city. This followed the news that Debbie Brock DL, had been appointed the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire in April, and Interdirect would like to congratulate both on their appointments.
Achieving city status will of course bring international recognition and benefit the thriving economy of Milton Keynes, but it also recognises the very essence of what makes the city great – from its celebrated green spaces and heritage sites to our diversity and commitment to its people and environment.
Interdirect are extremely proud to be an organisation at the heart of such a great city and to play a role in supporting the business within Milton Keynes.