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Businesses encouraged to pitch for part of £2m Omicron fund

The council is distributing more than £2million in government grants as financial support to local businesses which face uncertainty due to covid-19. Unlike the borough’s hard-pressed food banks and voluntary groups, the council is at least giving owners of hospitality … Continue reading

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Coast to Capital business grant sessions: July 4

Coast to Capital is offering grants to Croydon businesses that can be worth up to £250,000, and is staging a session to advise local entrepreneurs how they can access this money at Croydon Park Hotel on July 4. Coast to … Continue reading

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Same old same old that adds up to good business for someone

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Industry awards have a reputation for self-congratulatory bun-fights. At £120 a ticket at this year’s Croydon event, DAVID CALLAM’s happy to give it a miss. He’s seen it all before, anyway It’s that time again. The Croydon Business … Continue reading

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Airport House business takes off with its Feast Express

A tech start-up company based at Airport House on the Purley Way has launched a smartphone app that they claim will “revolutionise” the way we order our takeaways and book restaurant tables. Mathew Gomes, the co-founder of Feast Express, said, … Continue reading

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Council snubs local tech companies over smart phone app

The contract for Croydon Council’s latest innovation, the My Croydon smart phone app, was never put out to competitive tender. Instead, the deal – estimated to be worth a low five-figure sum – was awarded to a company which did … Continue reading

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Croydon’s rubbish policy lays waste across the borough

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Rubbish on our streets and fly tipping is a borough-wide issue that is being ignored by Croydon Council, says CHARLOTTE DAVIES, the chair of the South Croydon Community Association At any meeting of residents across the borough, fly … Continue reading

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Stop the Incinerator legal challenge fundraiser: June 28

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Shabden Park Farm’s open day: June 9

Shabden Park Farm, down the Chipstead Valley Road from Coulsdon, is playing its part in Open Farm Sunday this weekend, from 10am to 4pm on June 9. There will be sheep shearing demonstrations, with working sheep dogs being used to … Continue reading

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Steve Reed MP: Cameron must honour promises to riot victims

Most of the victims of the Croydon riots are still waiting for the help they were promised by David Cameron and Boris Johnson. STEVE REED MP, right, says it is long overdue to put this right It’s almost two years … Continue reading

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That’s Oddie: HSBC takes dislike to questions from a Goodie

Wonder whatever happened to Bill Oddie? Was he lost in the undergrowth at Springwatch? Did he get eaten by a giant kitten? Neither. He’s been out stalking bankers. The resulting short film report does not make for pretty viewing, and … Continue reading

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Adult education chief Sloman in abrupt departure from CALAT

Rosemary Sloman, the head of adult learning and skills at the council, in charge of Croydon Adult Learning and Training, or CALAT, left her office for the final time last night, as the cuts now bite into the adult retraining … Continue reading

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Tune-in for business advice in Global Enterprise Week

You might not have noticed, but it is Global Entrepreneurship Week, this year with a focus on passing on practical help for start-ups and those thinking about launching into business. Croydon Radio is playing its part on Sunday with a … Continue reading

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Starbucks offers barista apprenticeships in Croydon

Although one branch of Starbucks in central Croydon is set for closure, the company is recruiting apprentice baristas in the area. Apprentices will have paid employment, training in an artisan skill and customer service while gaining Level 2 qualifications in … Continue reading

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Job vacancy: Strategy, Commissioning… [etc, ad nauseum]

After more than two years of some extreme cuts to public service jobs, even to front-line areas, Croydon Council continues to hire highly paid consultants. And some of these are employed in areas which are, frankly, inexplicable. Our loyal reader … Continue reading

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London Road traders going bust over riot insurance delays

Business owners from London Road – probably the area worst affected by the riots in Croydon last August – took to the streets on Thursday with their brooms and spray guns. More than 50 local traders were joined by residents, … Continue reading

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Allders chief blames council for lack of help since August riots

Croydon Council “has not done what they should have done” for local businesses since last August’s riots, according to the fashion entrepreneur who has a major share-holding in Allders, the town’s 150-year-old department store which could be just days away … Continue reading

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Sprint to the finish, not floored by break-in or cash crunch

Last month, SAIF BONAR told of how he started in his quest to find premises in Croydon for a digital economy, post-riots new business. Here, he picks up the story of Matthews Yard, of budget short-falls and attempted break-ins – … Continue reading

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How the riots inspired me to set up business in Croydon

Never worked on a building project before? Never run a food outlet before? Got little or no working capital for a deposit or set-up costs? SAIF BONAR ticked all the wrong boxes when he decided six months ago to try … Continue reading

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Matthews Yard offers thousands in discounts ahead of opening

Matthews Yard, a new business venture off Surrey Street which combines a cafe with “co-working space“, has set its launch date of April 21. Matthews (note how they’ve abandoned the pesky apostrophe… how very Waterstones) Yard is sited between Surrey … Continue reading

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£4m “secret” treasure found under Croydon’s riot-hit streets

The Financial Times reports today that £4 million of gold and jewellery has just been recovered from the ruins of a Croydon pawnbrokers that was destroyed in the riots on August 8. Involving a secret police operation to foil conniving … Continue reading

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Digital hub planned for Surrey St that points to future

The recovery, from the banker-induced recession as well as August’s riots, and the rebuilding process in Croydon will need development from more than just multi-national businesses and millionaire property speculators, and at least one local resident, Saif Bonar, is doing … Continue reading

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Now Tamils question Croydon riot panel’s independence

Croydon’s Tamil community, many of whom had their businesses along London Road devastated by the 8/8 riots, are claiming that the borough’s fact-finding panel is not independent and has failed to gather their views. “Croydon Council put together a panel … Continue reading

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London Road stories: Okay Niyazi’s dry cleaning business

The first of a series of interviews with those left to pick through the wreckage of Croydon’s 8/8, features Okay Niyazi, whose family business was burnt to the ground “I watched on television as my business, which has been in … Continue reading

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