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Small Croydon firms invited to meet construction and facilities management buyers

Small Croydon firms are being invited to ‘meet the buyers’ from large businesses working in the borough.

The council has set up the networking event, which is open to all small business based in Croydon, as part of its ‘Value Croydon’ programme. Value Croydon is the council’s approach to driving growth in the local economy through its spending decisions. It focuses on how the council uses its buying power and influence to drive ‘social value’ by addressing social, economic and environmental issues, and promoting local sustainability, equality and diversity.


East Croydon bus station to reopen after improvement works

East Croydon bus station reopens to the public today (Friday) after the final phase of improvement works come to an end.

New shelters and signposts, better lighting, new public seating, improved pedestrian access and tree planting are among the improvements made to the bus station on Addiscombe Road, which dated back to the late 1990s. The improvements around the interchange, which also includes new paving, aim to ensure easier connections for people moving between buses, trains and trams at East Croydon station, with better links between eastbound and westbound bus stops.


New Cycle Fest to hit the streets of Croydon this May

Croydon is to stage its first cycling festival, as the Tour Series men’s and Matrix Fitness women’s professional racing returns to the town centre on 18 May.

The Croydon Cycle Fest will kick off at 11am, with children’s and charity races taking place on the street circuit in central Croydon from noon. In addition there will be opportunities to experience demonstrations of cargo, electric and other bicycles. One of the aims of the event is to get people to consider cycling for local journeys instead of using the car. Visitors can also enjoy cycle-related entertainment and promotional exhibitions in North End, and within The Queen’s Gardens, where street food will be on offer from the stalls recently relocated there whilst Surrey Street is under refurbishment. During the day dance company Bicycle Ballet will be performing at locations in the town centre, including at Boxpark. There will also be music from a cycling pianist and pedal-powered smoothie making to keep you entertained. Free bike checks will also be available. The professional races start from 5.30pm.


Nightlife ideas could become reality thanks to Good Evening Croydon

Local organisations could see their ideas to boost Croydon’s nightlife become a reality thanks to a new council project.

Good Evening Croydon is seeking creative concepts that will rejuvenate and energise the night-time economy, as part of the ongoing regeneration in the borough. Proposals should highlight Croydon’s diversity and undiscovered potential as a location for a good night out. Culture must be at the heart of all ideas and entries could be anything, ranging from holding special events, to ideas for lighting schemes and unique night-time programming at new or existing venues. Or, it could be something entirely different, which hasn’t been seen in Croydon before. Up to five of the best ideas will be shortlisted and these groups will then be supported by the council to begin developing their idea to assess viability, before some or all of the proposals are fully developed for the people of Croydon to enjoy.


Council makes first business rates relief award under new scheme

The council has made its first award of business rates relief under a new scheme set up to help support Croydon businesses.

MyPTStudio based in St George’s Walk, is the first business in Croydon to successfully apply for business rates relief after applications for the scheme opened earlier this year. The rates relief scheme aims to boost Croydon’s economic growth by supporting local businesses and enabling them to create and safeguard jobs. Helping businesses locate into the area and supporting them through difficult periods not only helps them to become sustainable in the longer term, but also supports businesses to bring empty spaces back into use.


Croydon apprenticeships celebrated at council event

Apprentices working across the council were celebrated at a special event held in recognition of National Apprenticeship Week.

Keen to ensure learning-on-the-job opportunities are made available to local job seekers, Croydon not only offer apprenticeships within the council itself, but has ensured its contractor partners also reap the benefits of taking on young learners.


Surrey Street improvement works set to begin

Improvement works to the street scene layout on Surrey Street are set to begin on Monday 27 March.

The works will include new improved surface materials, a more levelled carriageway, new street lighting and the creation of a more pedestrian-friendly environment, to improve the street scene and create a vibrant, flexible market space.


Council shortlisted for three Small Business Friendly Borough Awards

Croydon Council has been shortlisted in three categories at the Small Business Friendly Borough Awards.

Organised by the Federation of Small Businesses and London Councils, the awards recognise local council support for small businesses. Croydon is in the running for awards in the Best All Round Small Business Friendly Borough and Best Small Business Friendly Procurement to Support Local Trade categories and Councillor Mark Watson, Cabinet Member for Economy and Jobs, has been shortlisted for the Best Small Business Champion award. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 30 March.


Croydon named country’s most in demand location for office space

In 2016, Croydon was the most in demand location for office space in the country.

The borough topped CoStar 50’s 2016 Occupier Index, scoring eight points more than second place Uxbridge and 12 points more than Central London, which was in tenth place. The index, which captures occupier and investment activity across the 50 largest office markets in the UK, scores towns and cities based on a number of measures. The ranking system measures demand and liquidity by comparing net absorption – the amount occupied at the end of a period minus the amount occupied at the beginning of the period – and investment volume in each area over the last 12 months, relative to its stock size.


Council to launch interactive tech design competition with architects’ journal

Croydon Council is to launch a competition to find an innovative piece of new technology that will enhance the experience of those visiting the town centre.

The council has partnered with the Architects’ Journal for the Croydon i-Street competition, which will invite talented designers to submit an interactive, tech-led concept that will help people find their way around Croydon and provide information about events that are happening around the borough. As well as being a useful wayfinding tool for visitors circumnavigating the area, the innovative piece of tech also needs to be interactive and easily adaptable to accommodate Croydon’s ever changing streetscape.