The Croydon Labour party is committed to supporting our district centres and small businesses, so we are pleased to announce that local firms in Thornton Heath will now benefit from free business support thanks to a share of the £2.7m being invested in the area by this Labour Council.
Almost £150,000 of Croydon’s New Homes Bonus grant from central government has been earmarked to ensure Thornton Heath’s businesses have the skills and expertise they need to expand and succeed.
The project in Thornton Heath will also see shops smartened up, better signage put in place, and public art introduced into the area. These are just some of the many improvements designed to make the High Street and neighbouring roads a more welcoming and inviting place to visit and shop.
On a recent visit to Thornton Heath Councillor Mark Watson, Labour’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and Economy, spent time listening to the views of local business owners. He said:
“I’m delighted to announce the introduction of this exciting new package of tailored business support for Thornton Heath.
“We’re using physical improvements to shop fronts and the public realm as a springboard to help revitalise the area. But what’s critical is the changes aren’t just on the surface. Businesses need to step up to the challenge and offer a wider range of better quality goods and services to meet growing local demand. By working together we can really make things happen.”
Firms who sign up to BESTH will receive one-to-one support or training in a range of areas including company registration, in-store merchandising, food safety, marketing, website development, tax returns, business planning, accessing finance, and recruitment practice – including how to take on work placements or apprenticeships.