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Celebrating Excellence in Croydon


This month Croydon sees the launch of the Croydon Business Excellence Awards 2019.

With 14 catagories it is now inviting entries to celebrate their successes and achievements by entering themselves for one or more of the following; ENTERPRISING YOUNG PERSON of the year, COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY, Best NEW START UP, BEST SME, The CULTURAL IMPACT Award, ENTREPRENEUR of the year, BEST CHARITY or Social Enterprise, Best Business for DIGITAL, DATA & TECHNOLOGY, NIGHT TIME ECONOMY Award, Love your LOCAL TRADER, WOMEN IN BUSINESS, Best Business for CUSTOMER SERVICE, APPRENTICE EMPLOYER of the year & BEST EMPLOYER.

The Croydon Awards is in it’s 5th year and celebrates the successes and achievements of the borough’s booming business community.

If you want to learn more and hear their ‘7 Top tips for entering’ then you can do so on the following link https://croydonawards.co.uk/

 

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Croydon secures first partner in vision to become global centre of learning


Croydon secures first partner in vision to become global centre of learning

London South Bank University (LSBU) has become the first partner to support Croydon Council’s aspiration to become a global centre of learning. This is the next step in Croydon’s rapid progress, using housing, cultural, placemaking and retail development to transform the city into one of London’s most desirable places to live, work, learn and play. By integrating new opportunities for learning, Croydon will not only increase its growing appeal, but also its capacity to respond with greater resilience and creativity to the many challenges modern cities face.

LSBU, which has already positioned itself as a strong link between entrepreneurship and tertiary education, is an ideal partner to navigate these challenges. The University’s business incubation facility houses 90 businesses and is ranked among the top 15 university-run incubators in the world, while its employer-supported learning framework has made it a leading UK university for graduate employment, with nearly 89 per cent of graduates in professional graduate-level jobs or further study six months after graduation.

“LSBU is excited about the opportunity to work in partnership with Croydon Council to provide the high quality higher education the people and employers of the area deserve. We believe that a new Croydon university centre offer would make a vibrant and vital contribution to local learners and employers, and provide an exciting model for education in the UK,” Vice Chancellor of London South Bank University Professor Dave Phoenix.

Current challenges include changing work and retail patterns, and a skills crunch with the number of job vacancies in the UK at a record high. Croydon’s Creative Campus, as an urban model that integrates culture, learning, digital, leisure, retail, residential and commercial spaces able to flex as urban living styles and needs change, offers opportunity to grow new solutions.

“I’m very proud we are partnering with LSBU as the first step in developing Croydon’s Creative Campus. This is fantastic news for Croydon’s future – as our borough grows and regenerates, we want our centres to develop as a rich mix of business, learning, creativity and tech. Croydon’s regeneration is already delivering a wealth of opportunities for our residents, with new jobs, homes and facilities. This partnership is another, incredibly important step, as it will improve access to further education for residents of all ages, but especially our 93,000 young people, significantly boosting their skills and economic prospects,” says leader of Croydon Council Tony Newman.

Investing heavily in improving public spaces, pedestrian permeability, transportation and championing some of London’s most innovative new architecture, including the world’s tallest modular towers currently under construction, creates a culture of creativity and innovation. Croydon’s integrated digital learning network will also link schools, colleges, businesses, libraries and community centres, creating an opportunity for learning to follow people around the city, providing unique opportunities to investors eager to be at the cutting edge of the learning economy.

Embracing the learning economy is part of Croydon’s £5.25bn regeneration plan, which includes London’s first Creative Enterprise Zone and the Fairfield Halls, soon-to-be opened after a multi-million-pound refurbishment Fairfield Halls. Croydon’s creative assets are well illustrated by being the launchpad of UK Music – winning 23 Grammy and 13 Brit Awards. Creative sector jobs have also seen a 93% increase in the last five years.

All going to plan, by 2030, Croydon will become known as the place for lifelong learning globally, where learning touches all aspects of life. This aspiration is not only about tapping into the increasingly important knowledge economy, but ensuring Croydon remains a city able to sustainability deliver growth as needs change.

Councillor Newman said: “Croydon is a 21st century sustainable city and the creative campus vision enables us to not only adapt and develop over time, but to establish Croydon as London’s centre of knowledge, creativity and innovation by 2030. We hope this is the first in a number of new announcements as we seek partners from the UK and further afield in developing our creative campus.”

As Croydon develops spaces for ideas and investments to thrive, more new partners will take advantage of being co-located in one of the UK’s best-connected urban areas.

 

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Lord Sugar’s beauty brand takes 25,000 sq. ft. in Croydon


Tropic Skincare, the beauty company co-owned by Lord Sugar and former The Apprentice contestant Susie Ma, has signed up for 25,000 sq. ft. at Beddington Lane Industrial Estate in Croydon.

The two recently-refurbished units, owned by LaSalle Investment Management, will house Tropic Skincare’s growing team and production operation, as well as providing space for the company to grow. SHW Business Space and JLL were joint agents on the deal. Availability for warehouse and logistics space in Croydon is sub-3%, according to data from SHW.

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Compulsory Purchase Orders served to secure remaining Whitgift land and interests


A further step towards the commencement of Croydon’s £1.4billion retail development has been achieved following the delivery of formal notices to affected premises under the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO).

This week Croydon Council issued notices to landowners and other affected parties that the CPO process was to begin, which enables the land acquisition process to complete and secures the rights needed for construction of the new development.  This then allows the Croydon Partnership, the joint venture between Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and Hammerson which is developing the project, to take possession of the site during 2019. The anticipated centre opening is 2023.

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Pocket Living enters shared ownership sector with Optivo collaboration


Affordable housing developer Pocket Living has teamed up housing association Optivo to enter the shared ownership sector by sharing accommodation within its Addiscombe Grove scheme in East Croydon.

The 21-storey tower, which contains 100% affordable housing and is located near East Croydon train station, will now contain 112 one-bedroom apartments delivered by Pocket and 41 shared ownership apartments delivered by Optivo. The scheme is set to complete in March 2020 after Croydon Council’s planning committee gave the development unanimous consent in November 2017 following an increase in the affordable housing offer from 12% to 100%.

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Council decision moves Croydon’s £1.4 billion retail development another step closer


Croydon’s £1.4 billion retail development moved another step closer last night as a council decision gave the green light for Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) to acquire the remaining land for the development.

Cabinet members approved a report which paves the way for the developers, a joint venture between Unbail-Rodamco-Westfield and Hammerson known as The Croydon Partnership, to purchase the remaining land needed to build the new world-class shopping centre in the heart of Croydon. With over 300 shops, including a brand new John Lewis department store with a Waitrose supermarket and a brand new M&S; restaurants, cafés; leisure facilities and a multi-screen cinema complex, this ambitious development will form a key part of Croydon’s overall £5.25 billionn regeneration . It will also create around 1,000 new homes and 7,000 new jobs in Croydon’s town centre.

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Brick by Brick gets go-ahead for 25-storey Croydon resi-led scheme


Croydon Council’s development company Brick by Brick has secured planning permission for a 25-storey mixed-use scheme that will deliver 128 homes above flexible office, retail and leisure space in Croydon town centre.

The residential-led regeneration scheme of one to three-bedroom homes, 50% of which will be either affordable rent or shared ownership, will be built on the site of the council-owned Wandle Road car park next to the Croydon Flyover. Commercial space on the lower floors will accommodate publicly-accessible facilities such a café and gym. The development also includes provision for 10 disabled car parking spaces, as well as secure storage space for 214 bikes. For the residents, a communal roof garden on the 22nd floor will provide amenity space.

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Croydon welcomes John Lewis to town centre as part of £1.4 billion retail development


Croydon Council has welcomed a commitment by the John Lewis Partnership to be an anchor in the £1.4 billionn redevelopment of The Whitgift Shopping Centre.

The retail giant today (31 May) confirmed that they will open a new 165,000 sq. ft., four-level John Lewis department store with a Waitrose supermarket on the ground floor in Croydon’s new world-class retail and leisure centre. Work is set to start on this exciting project – a joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson known as The Croydon Partnership – in 2019, transforming Croydon’s town centre with over 300 shops, including a brand new M&S; restaurants, cafés; leisure facilities and a multi-screen cinema complex, while creating up to 7,000 jobs for local people and 1,000 new homes. (more…)

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Work is now under way on the Taberner House site to bring hundreds of affordable homes to Croydon’s town centre


Construction work is now under way at the former Taberner House site, bringing closer to reality a stunning new development which will provide hundreds of new homes in Croydon’s town centre.

Formerly home to the council offices, the site will provide 513 homes within four buildings ranging from 13-35 storeys, with a mix of affordable, for sale and rental units, as well as new public realm, a children’s play space and a new café. At least 40 per cent of the units will be designated as affordable. Croydon Council leader Tony Newman was on site to break ground as construction work began on this major regeneration project. He was joined by Steve Sanham, managing director of residential developer HUB, who are delivering the scheme in collaboration with social impact investor Bridges Fund Management. The buildings have been designed by Stirling Prize winning architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, with Grant Associates working on the landscaping.

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Ground-breaking ceremony for Croydon’s £6.5 million state-of-the-art youth zone


A ground-breaking ceremony today marked the start of building work for Croydon’s new £6.5 million state-of-the-art Legacy youth zone.

The Leader of Croydon Council joined other project funders at the Selhurst site this afternoon to witness a giant 10-foot spade kick-starting the development. They were also joined by members of the Legacy young people’s development group who have played an important role in planning the new youth zone. The zone, which is being developed by charity OnSide with a £3.25 million contribution from Croydon Council towards construction costs, will offer a fantastic range of activities for young people aged to 18 (or up to 25 with additional needs) in first-class facilities. They will include a four-court sports hall, 3G kick-pitch, fitness suite and martial arts area, as well as art, music, drama, cookery, enterprise and employability opportunities. Membership will cost just £5 a year and 50p a session.

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