Category Archives: Croydon BID

Croydon BID’s new chair says town centre to reopen on June 1

Croydon BID, the town centre business “improvement” organisation, has appointed a former personnel manager for Gatwick Airport as its latest chair. In his first statement as chair of Croydon BID, Darren Hockaday announced that his organisation and Croydon Council want … Continue reading

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Council keeps bakers shops waiting six weeks for their dough

One of the borough’s best-known food retailers, Coughlans the bakers, are demanding to know what Croydon Council has done with their dough. Coughlans is the family-run chain of shops which has its head office in Thornton Heath. All its shops … Continue reading

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Revealed: Council’s plan for town centre is 95th-best university

GENE BRODIE, education correspondent, on the increasingly desperate-looking moves to salvage anything from the town centre regeneration Croydon Council’s “cunning plan” to dig the town centre out of the hole created for it by the Whitgift Foundation and Westfield is … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Croydon BID, Croydon College, Croydon Council, Education, Jo Negrini, Planning, Sussex Innovation Centre, Tony Newman, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Two-thirds of businesses yet to receive emergency grants

£40million in grants from a government-funded scheme to help businesses through the covid-19 emergency remain to be distributed by Croydon Council, as our business correspondent, MT WALLETTE, reports Croydon Council has managed to distribute just one-third of the £60million it … Continue reading

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Free money! But Croydon Council can’t even give it away

Our business correspondent, MT WALLETTE, reports on how Croydon Council can’t even manage to hand-out millions of pounds of free money from the government A Croydon Council Labour cabinet member last night pretty much admitted that her strategy for helping … Continue reading

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Three months late, BID hires headhunters to recruit chair

Croydon BID, the organisation made up of some of the town centre’s biggest businesses, has gone into the covid-19 crisis while looking for someone to chair the organisation. As predicted by Inside Croydon, the departure from the Fairfield Halls of … Continue reading

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Council promises to pay business virus grants in seven days

Stung into action following Inside Croydon’s report on its detail-lite, vacuous announcement intended to “help” the borough’s businesses, the council last night issued a new press statement about the business aid available in the coronavirus emergency. And this time they … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Croydon BID, Croydon FSB, Manju Shahul Hameed, Pubs, Purley BID, Restaurants | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Town Hall’s empty promises to business misses out vital grants

There’s a lot more help available out there for businesses hit by the pandemic emergency than the council is letting on, reports KEN LEE Businesses seeking support from Croydon Council during the covid-19 pandemic will find the Town Hall shelves … Continue reading

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Fairfield Halls director quits less than six months after opening

EXCLUSIVE: A £42.6m white elephant without its mahout? Our arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, reports on the most dramatic of exits from the Fairfield Halls Neil Chandler has left the building. The Fairfield Halls’ venue and artistic director has left his … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Ashcroft Theatre, BH Live, Croydon BID, Fairfield Halls, London Mozart Players, Neil Chandler, Talawa Theatre Company, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Council assisted £80,000 sponsorship for bankrupted art dealer

Having traded for years on his association with street artist Banksy, a gallery owner landed tens of thousands of pounds in public money for an arts festival promoting his business – even as he was being declared bankrupt by the … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Business, Croydon BID, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Paula Murray, Rise Gallery, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Adonis joins Croydon MP’s 5-year-old campaign for Zone 4

Former Labour transport minister Andrew Adonis has backed calls from a Croydon MP and local businesses to re-zone East Croydon and West Croydon Stations, to make it cheaper to travel between the city centre and the south London borough. Lord … Continue reading

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How wait for Westfield is turning North End into Hooky Street

Serious doubts exist over Westfield’s plans to redevelop in the town centre. Yet while the council does its best to close down legitimate high street businesses, or mismanages one of the country’s oldest traditional street markets and drives away stall-holders, … Continue reading

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Croydon BID pays for extra cleaning in ‘neglected’ town centre

Some parts of Croydon are being given a deep-clean – at least, those parts of the borough where traders pay extra for special treatment, as an influential business group has described parts of the town centre as having been “seriously … Continue reading

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Sleep Out raises £45,000, but rough sleepers were not welcome

STEVEN DOWNES spent Sunday night speaking to the rough sleepers in the town centre who did not have a roof over the heads It is 10.45pm, and a cold, wintry wind whips along George Street as a handful of people … Continue reading

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£30,000 raised for homelessness ahead of Croydon Sleep Out

Croydon’s Labour MPs will be roughing it on Sunday night, as Steve Reed OBE and Sarah Jones take part in Croydon’s first Sleep Out. They will be joined by councillor Alison Butler, as they give up their beds for the … Continue reading

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Negrini jets off to Cannes as Brick by Brick cover-up continues

WALTER CRONXITE dons his Panama hat, khaki shorts and espadrilles to track down the council’s £200,000 CEO on her annual spring break to the South of France, all funded by Croydon Council Tax-payers With Westfield delayed indefinitely, Fairfield Halls at … Continue reading

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The Big Sleep Out, Croydon town centre, Mar 24

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Met Police rejects funds because it can’t recruit enough officers

The Metropolitan Police has told a local authority in south London not to put up extra funding for additional officers – because they can’t recruit to fill the positions that already exist. The development should be a worry for other … Continue reading

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BRIT School is going live with town centre dance and drama

The BRIT School will be providing the entertainment for town centre shoppers with a series of pop performances this month. BRIT Presents begins later this month, a programme of outdoor showcases in public spaces, which will run through to Christmas … Continue reading

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Unexploded WWII bomb disrupts Croydon business awards

The annual festival of back-slapping, the Croydon Business Awards, came close to being cancelled last night. With the awards due to be held in the Grand Sapphire Hotel, off the Purley Way, organisers and guests were evacuated just two hours … Continue reading

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‘Hostile environment’ charity part of clampdown on beggars

A charity which has handed over details of its homeless clients to the Home Office, as part of Theresa May’s “hostile environment” deportation policy, is one of the agencies being used by Croydon Council in its “campaign” to clear the … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Charity, Croydon BID, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Housing | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

New Fairfield Halls chief finds time to chair business group

Croydon BID, the town centre business group, has appointed Neil Chandler, recently hired as the venue director of the Fairfield Halls, as its new chairman. That could be bad news for the Fairfield Halls, which was supposed to re-open after … Continue reading

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Business, police and council unite for knife crime events

The schools’ half-term break will see the start of a three-week programme to raise awareness of knife crime and the impact it has on the community. The council’s youth engagement team joins forces with Croydon Business Improvement District (BID), Croydon … Continue reading

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Festive Lights Street Feast, North End, Nov 16

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Croydon BID cancels election hustings after Manchester bomb

An election debate for Croydon Central, due to be staged tonight by the town centre’s Business Improvement District, has been cancelled following last night’s horrific bombing in Manchester. At least 22 were killed, including several children, and another 50 were … Continue reading

Posted in 2017 General Election, Croydon BID, Croydon Central, Gavin Barwell, Sarah Jones MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment