Category Archives: Business

‘It was extremely scary. I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights’

Croydon businesses tell MARY LITCHFIELD how they have struggled to survive through lockdown with their government-funded grant aid Croydon firms looking to get back to business after lockdown could apply to the council for grants of up to £10,000 under … Continue reading

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London resilience funds look for capital recovery by design

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wants the capital’s economic and social recovery from the covid-19 pandemic to be led by design and innovation. His £1million Resilience Fund, announced last year and with grants of up to £50,000 each, will … Continue reading

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Mayor Khan asks ‘heroic’ Londoners to stick to the covid rules

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, today urged all Londoners to continue to follow the lockdown rules in order to ensure that all restrictions in the capital can be lifted by June 21, as outlined last night by the Prime … Continue reading

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Council starts the biggest fire-sale ever seen in south London

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Last night’s cabinet meeting agreed to flog off 15 sites around the borough, as the council seeks to pay down its £1.5bn debt. But they will struggle to recoup the £35.7m paid for a hotel just three … Continue reading

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Developer digs in to keep planning consent for £500m tower

After already suffering a decade of development blight in the town centre because of the on-off-on-off-again aborted Westfield scheme, now a key site off Wellesley Road is about to be turned into a hole in the ground for an indefinite … Continue reading

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‘Disposable labour’: Amazon workers describe life at the depot

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Insecure terms, unpaid wages and cancelled shifts are among the problems facing some of the low-paid workers at Amazon’s Croydon depots, as CLARA MURRAY reports A nationwide investigation into working conditions at Amazon warehouses, including two in Croydon, … Continue reading

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Purrrrley Way store hands £2,000 over to Croydon cat charity

Cats Protection Croydon received a surprise donation of £2,000 over the weekend to help provide for pets in its care during the pandemic. The donation was made by Support Adoption For Pets – the UK’s largest grant-giving animal charity started … Continue reading

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Purley Station’s new artworks offer inspiration from history

Purley BID’s efforts to enhance their district centre has seen them commission three giant artworks for the local railway station. A collaboration of works by Dan Cimmermann and Morgan Davy, the project was supported by Southern Rail, with the art … Continue reading

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Purley’s 117-year-old fountain is back in working order

Purley BID has completed their restoration project for the water fountain located in the gardens of Purley Library. The fountain has been a Purley landmark for more than 100 years, and now it is back in full working order.

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Report: Incinerator is ‘as polluting as coal-fired power stations’

An investigation published by the Daily Telegraph reports that hundreds of millions of pounds of public money has been handed over to the incinerator industry based on false claims that burning waste generates cheap, green energy. The Telegraph investigation, published … Continue reading

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Developers of £180m towers deny delay is due to cladding

The owners of the world’s tallest block of prefabs have denied that prospective residents of 101 George Street’s towers have been stalled for more than six months because of issues with the buildings’ cladding. Inside Croydon revealed earlier this week … Continue reading

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Builders pay £56m to strip Grenfell cladding from Croydon flats

Barratt, the housing developers, took a £56million hit on its profits to fix fire safety and structural problems in “legacy properties”, the bulk of which was spent in removing flammable cladding from their Citiscape block in Croydon. The 95 flats … Continue reading

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Bellway reveals plan for 168 homes around lido diving board

A housing developer wants to build nearly 170 homes around a Grade II-listed Art Deco diving board. The site of the former Purley Way Lido has been disused since the end of 2018, after the garden centre that had been … Continue reading

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Royal Mail adds Croydon to list of covid-hit sorting offices

Post sorting offices in Croydon, South Croydon and Caterham, between them serving four different CR postcodes, have been added to the Royal Mail’s list of those areas worst-hit by the impact of covid-19. Like most postal deliveries recently, the Royal … Continue reading

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A pain in the neck: homeworking is turning us into LOSERS

Are you among the millions of “homeworking LOSERS” created during the covid-19 pandemic? According to research conducted on behalf of technology company, EIZO, the coronavirus lockdown is turning millions of workers into “Laptops On Sofas and Employment Rights Shelved” (geddit?), … Continue reading

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Hotels do their bit to give festive joy to borough’s homeless

Three of the larger hotels in the borough did their bit over the Christmas and New Year period to give a little festive joy by playing their part in distributing more than 1,000 care bags to homeless families and rough … Continue reading

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Internet provider closes digital divide with free broadband offer

Community Fibre, one of the country’s leading internet service providers and who operate a network in Croydon, has announced that it is supporting communities through the lockdown by providing a free full-fibre 50Mbps internet connection to vulnerable households, to ensure … Continue reading

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Conflicts of interest, incomplete contracts, unlawful payments – how the Fairfield Halls refurbishment cost Croydon £50m-plus

EXCLUSIVE: Council was warned in 2017 of problems with the management of works at the borough’s flagship arts centre. By STEVEN DOWNES A report by the council’s internal auditors has raised very serious concerns over the mismanagement of the multi-million-pound … Continue reading

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In-home care provider to recruit 50 new assistants this year

Bluebird Care will be recruiting around 50 new care assistants in Croydon this year, the company has announced. With offices on Brighton Road, Bluebird Care, a Best Employer in Care award-winner, already employ staff who provide care and support to … Continue reading

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Doggy day care centre to pamper pooches in Woodcote Green

The pampered pets of Croydon and Sutton are in for a new treat, with a new doggy day care centre opening at Woodcote Green. Bruce’s is due to open at the Dobbies Garden Centre on Woodmansterne Lane next month, when … Continue reading

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Schools and businesses deal with Croydon’s ‘digital divide’

As hundreds of families in the borough struggle with expensive broadband connections or are having to use shared laptops for homeschooling, community groups have rallied round to help. ELLA HOPKINS reports It was little more than a year ago that … Continue reading

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Binmageddon!: Council blunders again over garden waste

The serial incompetence of the propaganda department at Labour-run Croydon Council has managed to hand another (albeit minor) political victory to the Tory opposition, this time over the suspension of the borough’s garden waste service. As Inside Croydon was first … Continue reading

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Covid-hit Royal Mail is struggling to deliver in Croydon

Residents across the borough are becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of a regular service from their local postie – as Croydon and South Norwood sorting offices and their delivery staff have been hard-hit by coronavirus. There’s particular concern from … Continue reading

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Jenrick issues ‘strongly-worded’ warning over property deals

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Government minister targets bankrupt borough when he tells LGA conference ‘Councils shouldn’t make investments for which they are not well-equipped’. By WALTER CRONXITE It seems increasingly likely that Whitehall will insist on Croydon flogging off many of … Continue reading

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Addiscombe-based pet food business expands into Sainsbury’s

At least one locally-based business has been thriving despite covid-19 lockdowns. Scrumbles, the ethical pet food brand, grew four-fold over the past year and after picking up an industry award is now set for further expansion as supermarket chain Sainsbury’s … Continue reading

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