Southwark Business Today June 22

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Blue in South Bermondsey has been its central a of commerce for over a century.

New Arts & Cultural Centre


High St features a wide variety of small ependent shops, with a new Arts & Cultural tre opening in 2023 courtesy of the Really Local up. The hub of the area is the Blue Market that recently undergone a major refurbishment.

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surrounding streets are home to hundreds of inesses located in railway arches, industrial ates and the Workspace owned Biscuit Factory mplex, which houses more than 300 SME's.

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name alludes to its former owners, the fabled k Freans, biscuit makers. Alongside its old rehouse buildings Grosvenor are currently eveloping the adjacent land into new homes d flexible business spaces.

Low Line is a local partnership initiative ported by the Arch Co, which is creating a new king route along the historic railway viaduct m Bankside to South Bermondsey.

s will complement the new generation of food ducers in the arches, including the many ependent craft breweries that have spawned celebrated Bermondsey ‘beer mile’.

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e Bermondsey BID is at the forefront of a ltitude of local initiatives with a long term on and ambition for a modern, diverse, lticultural, community with a thriving local iness economy at its core.


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• Remembering when... The Old Kent Road was one of the largest Industrial hubs in London. Page 28

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s I write, it is a beautifully warm and sunny morning, the country is still basking in the glory of the Queen’s Jubilee events and in central London the streets are busy, the tourists and commuters are back.

The team at Peckham Levels are also providing some fantastic events to entice locals into the Rye Lane area and enjoy new experiences, check out their website, they have all sorts of activities to suit everyone including pizza and wine pairing and indigo dyeing workshops to a Native Day Party that will take you on a musical journey through the West Indies! (

free expert business advisers through the London Business Hub Wayfinder’s scheme. ( wayfinder.) Furthermore, I am proud that London South Bank University Business School are supporting Business recovery through their Help to Grow Scheme, a 12 week programme that offers Business education, peer support, one to one mentoring and business plan development to boost your business and grow your potential. ( This is an incredibly popular programme, for which we have had excellent feedback and we are now delivering to our eighth full cohort in as many months, why don’t you have a look at the programme and see if it is for you! We would love to have you on board! There is lots going on and it is all for you, our Southwark business community. I look forward to seeing you at some of these amazing events.

Southwark Council have teamed up with the London Business Hub to support small businesses by providing them with the tools to thrive and recover offering

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Business should be booming; however, supply chain issues, inflation and staffing challenges are putting our economy and our communities under increasing pressures. The looming rail strikes will also take their toll, encouraging commuters to work from home and disincentivising tourists from enjoying our beautiful capital city. As the community of Southwark, we know we can override these challenges, but we must dig deep, pull together, and support each other. Shopping and trading with our local partners, within our neighbourhood, is an excellent first step and our businesses are being super creative to encourage you to do this, making shopping locally a pleasurable experience rather than just the weekly chore. Check out the monthly live music sessions at Bermondsey Street Market, you can simultaneously shop and be entertained! (


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Up Front

Ultrafast broadband is coming to the borough Residents and businesses in Rotherhithe and Bermondsey will be the first to enjoy gigabit-capable ultrafast, fibre-optic broadband thanks to a new agreement between Southwark Council and Openreach, which will see £20 million invested in the borough’s digital infrastructure. Over the next five years, this investment will deliver fibre-optic cables from local exchanges to the front doors of residents and businesses throughout Southwark. Replacing existing copper wires, fibre-to-the-premises technology (FTTP) or “full fibre”, can deliver speeds of up to one gigabit and beyond, ten times faster than average speeds today.

slow down, or “drop out” as existing broadband connections might.

To mark the start of this ambitious roll-out, Southwark Council leader, Cllr Kieron Williams, met with Theo Blackwell from the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Kieran Wines from Openreach at Astley House in Rowcross Street Road, Bermondsey, where full fibre broadband is being installed.

Cllr Kieron Williams said: “The future is digital and we’ve made it a priority to ensure Southwark’s residents and businesses are among the best connected in London. In the past, Southwark experienced the worst broadband speeds in London and is now the third most connected borough, and we’re on course to future-proof our digital infrastructure for the next 30 years.

The programme is part of the council’s successful digital infrastructure programme, which has helped to attract around £100 million of investment over the last four years. Openreach’s dedicated five-year investment will help to resolve the poor connectivity issues Southwark has faced for several years, with Rotherhithe currently identified as one of the worst connected areas in the borough. The project will also tackle connectivity not-spots in areas such as Peckham and Dulwich. The new fibre-optic cables aren’t affected by bad weather and are far less likely to

The council is keen to identify which areas need improvement and has developed its own Connectivity Heatmap, where residents can complete a survey to share their broadband speeds and mobile connectivity. More information at maps/connectivity-heatmap.

“Working with Openreach will bring much faster broadband speeds for everyone, whether they’re downloading music or films, accessing public services or running their own business. Better connectivity plays an important part in the long-term economic development of the borough as we bounce back from the pandemic. We’re also committed to tackling digital exclusion so everyone can enjoy the benefits of full fibre, such as lending out broadband routers at our libraries and digital skills events.”

Theo Blackwell, chief digital officer for London, said: “We know how important it is for people to be able to get online easily so they can learn new skills, work from home, access key services and keep in touch with friends and family. Thanks to this new agreement between Southwark Council and Openreach, Londoners in Rotherhithe and Bermondsey will be able to enjoy some of London’s fastest broadband speeds and more reliable internet connectivity.” Kieran Wines, Openreach’s partnership director for London, said: “Great connectivity has never been more important and Openreach is pleased to be investing in gold standard ultrafast full fibre across Southwark. Through our multimillion-pound investment, more than 35,000 homes and businesses across the borough can already order a gigabit-capable service on the Openreach network through a provider of their choice. It’s great that we’re making this technology available to more people through our partnership with Southwark Council.” A map of Openreach’s commercial plans in Southwark is available at www.openreach. com/fibre-broadband/fibre-first. To find out whether full fibre is available at your home or business, check your postcode at

9,432 food parcels handed out in Southwark in year following lockdown, according to Trussell Trust 9,432 food parcels were given out by the Trussell Trust to people in Southwark between April 2021 and March 2022, according to the charity’s end of year report. Over one third of these emergency supplies were given to children in the borough. In total, over 283,000 parcels were distributed across the capital during this period. Local London Assembly Member, Marina Ahmad AM, said that these figures are “heartwrenching” and made “even more worrying” by the fact that they “reflect the situation before the surge in energy bills and increase in National Insurance contributions”.

Ms Ahmad also took aim at the recent Queen’s Speech in which the Government failed to announce any immediate measures to tackle the growing cost of living crisis. The London Assembly Member is backing calls for the National Insurance increase to be shelved and for a windfall tax on gas and oil companies which would pay for more support for low-income families and households to deal with surging energy bills. She also wants to see the uplift in Universal Credit

to be restored and Local Housing Allowance unfrozen and increased so that it covers average rents in Southwark. The latest Government figures show that 38,219 people in the borough are being impacted by the £20 weekly cut to Universal Credit payments. Recent research published by the Food Foundation shows that last month, more than two million adults in the UK could not afford to eat every day.

Diversity to shine in Southwark culture and events Southwark Council has published details of the many cultural organisations that will be awarded a share of a quarter of a million pounds in funding for a diverse programme of events, exhibitions and performances in the coming year. Through its Cultural Celebrations Fund, Culture Together Grants, and I Create sponsorship, an exciting range of local talent will be awarded funding to develop their creative ideas. The new funding pots replace previous cultural funding arrangements, taking on board feedback through the council’s anti-racism programme, Southwark Stands Together. Through a consultation with residents following the murder of George Floyd, residents said they wanted Southwark’s culture, art and events to better reflect the rich diversity of the borough. Cllr Alice Macdonald, cabinet member for equalities, neighbourhoods and leisure, said: “I’m delighted to announce that we plan to award funding to an incredibly diverse, representative, ambitious and exciting group of 25 local people and organisations, who between them will help provide residents and visitors with a rich and engaging cultural experience. From a Latin American film festival to a Day of Dance in Peckham Square, the funding will support events for everyone, including familiar favourites like Bermondsey Carnival. “Ten local theatres and galleries will use their funding to develop inclusive and ambitious programmes for local people, many focusing on engaging children and young people in the arts. I’m also really excited by our new I Create initiative, which will support up-and-coming talent to develop their ideas, with guidance from world-famous cultural institution like Tate Modern. “The significance of this new approach to funding arts and culture in our borough should not be underestimated. For too long our diverse populations, especially those from black and ethnic minority communities, have not seen themselves reflected in local events, productions and installations. We’ve committed to addressing that head on in Southwark.”


Up Front

Young Londoners to work on major film productions in US partnership Young Londoners from underrepresented communities have been given a chance to work on high-end film productions thanks to a unique partnership between The Mayor of London, Film London and NBCUniversal. The initiative was announced at Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles during the mayor’s first visit to a Hollywood studio in California. As a result of the agreement, young Londoners will work behind-thecamera on productions such as Universal’s Wicked and Fast X as part of NBCUniversal’s ‘Below-the-Line’ traineeship. Launched in California in 2021 by Universal’s global talent development & inclusion (GTDI) department, the traineeship provides on and off-the-job training and mentorship.

Mayor launches new international tourism campaign in New York The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a major international tourism campaign to attract global visitors back to London. Let’s Do London was launched in New York’s iconic Times Square. The mayor was joined by the cast of the hit British musical, SIX, which has received rave reviews since transferring from the West End to Broadway last autumn. The new campaign aims to inspire travellers to choose London for their next trip by shining a spotlight on the city’s unparalleled range of attractions, exhibitions and events. It is estimated to reach more than 43 million individuals in the US via several channels, including video on demand, YouTube, social media, display and out-of-home advertising. Meanwhile, a new promotional video celebrating London’s comeback from the pandemic and showcasing

some of the best the capital has to offer has also been released to promote London as a leading destination to live, work and visit: watch?v=GWmymUDBG2M Sadiq Khan said: “New York and London are global cities defined by our shared energy, innovation and constant evolution. I can think of nowhere better to launch this exciting campaign to encourage our American friends to discover London – particularly during our special platinum Jubilee year of celebration. “We know that visitors to our great city often go on to explore other parts of the UK, so when London succeeds in bringing back tourists it benefits the whole country.”

Laura Citron, CEO at London & Partners, which runs Visit London, said: “We’re excited to be launching our largest international tourism campaign in the US – one of our most important and valuable tourism markets. We’ve heard loud and clear from our partners in London that they’re open for business and ready to welcome back international visitors with open arms.” Prior to the pandemic, London was the third most visited city on the planet, with a thriving tourism sector accounting for as many as one in five jobs in London and contributing almost 12 per cent of the city’s gross domestic product.

The aim is to increase diversity, equity and inclusion within all areas of film production and careers within the creative industries. Funding for the scheme was made possible through Comcast NBCUniversal’s $100 million commitment to help address systemic racism and inequality. In 2021, film and high-end television production spend in the UK reached more than £5.6 billion, with much of the sector based in and around the capital – bringing unprecedented job opportunities to London boroughs. Two of Universal Pictures’ large-scale franchises, Wicked and Fast X, will be filmed in London and trainees pipelined from Film London’s Equal Access Network (EAN) have already started work on Fast X as part of the partnership. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Our capital’s booming film industry is helping to drive our economic recovery, but it’s vital that we ensure that Londoners from all backgrounds can benefit. “That’s why I’m so proud to announce this ground-breaking partnership with NBCUniversal and Film London. It will see young Londoners from diverse backgrounds earn a unique opportunity to start their careers in the film and TV industry.”

Jubilee night tube services return to support night-time economy Night tube services have returned to the Jubilee line, with the Northern and Piccadilly lines resuming later in the summer – providing a boost to London’s clubs, bars and restaurants. The move comes after all night tube services were suspended in March 2020 due to the pandemic. Services on the Jubilee line now run throughout the night on Fridays and Saturdays, joining the Central and Victoria lines, which resumed night tube services in November 2021. The return of the Jubilee line night service also provides an important interchange with night overground,


which operates between Highbury & Islington and New Cross Gate. The restoration of these services will help businesses such as bars, clubs and restaurants as London’s night-time economy returns to normal following the pandemic. It also provides further safe, quick travel options for all Londoners and visitors looking to make the most of all the capital has to offer in the evenings, and those who need to travel to or from work at night.

London had 1.6m people regularly working at night before the pandemic – a third of the city’s workforce. Nick Dent, London Underground’s director of customer operations, said: “London is a global destination and we’re proud to be doing our part to help people to safely and enjoyably benefit from the best of its worldleading night-time economy.”

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Destination Southwark

The borough of Southwark is bustling with activity. With its rich, diverse history and a strong sense of community spirit, it’s a fantastic destination of choice for residents, businesses and tourists alike.


aturally, Southwark benefits from being part of London, a global city and international destination for dozens of businesses across a wide range of sectors, including culture and the arts, hospitality and leisure. It is home to world-famous attractions including the Tate Modern, Borough Market, Tower Bridge and Dulwich Picture Gallery, as well the Shard which is considered by many to be an architectural jewel in London’s crown. Southwark has witnessed much regeneration over the last few years, with some of Europe’s most exciting and complex schemes happening in the borough. Projects such as the redevelopment of Elephant and Castle delivering new homes, parks,

Urban Elephant Festival coming to Elephant & Castle


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festival for the ages is coming to Elephant and Castle this summer, and you do not want to miss it. Urban Elephant will be a three-day celebration of the community, bringing together Castle Square, Elephant Park, Walworth Road, Bagshot Street, Sayer Street and London Road. The festival is being co-ordinated by a partnership of local businesses and organisations, brought together by the new Elephant & Castle business forum, and funded by Southwark council.

Destination Southwark leisure facilities and transport links, the future regeneration of the Old Kent Road, Aylesbury, Canada Water and London Bridge Quarter, are all being delivered in the borough, bringing thousands of new homes and jobs. In addition, the extension of the Bakerloo Line is designed to improve transport links and highquality public spaces, building a sustainable future and again creating more jobs for local residents. Southwark Council sums up the feeling of positivity in the borough in the following statement on its website: “Southwark represents a place of huge excitement and opportunity with a vibrant spirit pushing to achieve more for residents. It is a place of growth, development and opportunity. A borough with a rich and proud history, strong sense of community and a great ability to transform and renew, sometimes very much against the odds. Southwark possibly more than most typifies the changes, challenges and opportunities of being part of London as a global premier city and international destination of choice for business, enterprise, entertainment and the arts.” There will also be a busy programme of events in Southwark this summer. This is highlighted by two business improvement districts (BIDS), Better Bankside and Blue Bermondsey, later in this feature. They’re both keen to stress the importance of Southwark’s arts, culture and events offering. They and other BIDs across the borough are doing their level best to drive footfall to the area, support local businesses and promote Southwark as a truly world-leading cultural destination.

Running from 29 – 31 July 2022, the festival will include street theatre, dance, circus, and art, with the aim of getting our highstreets buzzing to celebrate the diversity of the area and encouraging people to explore new pathways and connectivity in our community. There is no better way to bring our community together than with the arts, something which connects all of us regardless of language or culture. Get Living, part of the Elephant and Castle Town Centre team, are supporting the Urban Elephant festival, alongside Notting Hill Genesis and Lendlease.

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Something new to London’s culinary tapestry The name Antillean, derived from the beautiful islands of the Antilles, is a Pan-Caribbean Restaurant and Bar that oozes cultural diversity.


or Chef Patron, Michael Hanbury, and his team, it is an opportunity to bring together and celebrate a rich and diverse community through food, drink, music, art and culture.

Hailing from many different regions of the islands, the menu will reflect the French, African, Spanish, Indian, Dutch, and Chinese influences on the Caribbean with lots of seafood, tapas-style dishes. Chef Patron, Michael Hanbury, and culinary Director Baziz Rachedi aim to bring something new to London’s culinary tapestry. Serving delightful and colourful Pan-Caribbean food seven days a week. The rich flavour in each dish is complimented by the extensive selection of rum from around the world and host of exotic cocktails. The bar offers over 100 distinctive types of rum to choose from, you will definitely be spoilt for choice. The ethos is to bring people together in a space that offers high-end casual dining, where they can relax and have fun in a community-based environment! Antillean offers amazing space for business lunch, corporate & team building events, Christmas parties and much more.

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PECKHAM LEVELS keeping locality at the heart of the business perfect place for students, freelancers and workers to grab a spot while they work. The cafe will also provide unlimited filter coffee refills, making the working day just that little bit easier. Plus, the space is child friendly, with the Ramp Play Area nearby making it the perfect space for a coffee morning or catching up with friends.


eckham Levels has announced the opening of its new daytime cafe, Percolate.

Located on the 6th floor of Peckham

Levels, the cafe provides a comfortable, bright space for locals and members to enjoy coffee, food, work or catch-up with friends. With free unlimited wifi and plenty of plug sockets, Percolate is the


Open from 9:30am to 5pm, it is the space people in the Peckham community have been looking for. Keeping locality at the heart of the business, the coffee at Percolate is roasted just down the road by the social enterprise Old Spike. They provide sustainably grown and produced coffee, planting a tree for every bag of coffee they create, whilst also striving to reduce homelessness through training and providing employment to the community and donating to worthwhile causes. As well as this, Peckham Levels has also announced it has become part of Really Local Group, the regeneration

group that restores cultural infrastructure by ‘putting the heart back into the high street’. One of the only regeneration groups to ensure each new venue has facilities such as a multi-screen cinema, live music & comedy programme, community spaces, coffee shop & bar, and ‘pop up’ stalls for local food vendors. Really Local Group is committed to providing accessible, affordable community hubs for locals to enjoy. The group has invested £10 million in projects to date, with plans to open a total of 10 sites by early 2024 and ambitions for a further 30 by 2027. Earlier this month, Really Local Group announced the launch of its Seedrs crowdfunding campaign in a bid to seek £4 million from investors, with the money being invested back into local communities via projects such as Peckham Levels. More information can be found at
















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Awaken the sleeping giant! “Southwark Park Road and surrounding areas of Bermondsey are one of London’s best kept secrets. We’re a sleeping giant – people who haven’t been here don’t know about the place and all that it has to offer.” has his own premises and is doing really well. There’s also a delicatessen that brings a taste of Turkey to Bermondsey.” The BID’s work has been helped in no small measure by funds secured to make vital improvements to infrastructure in the area. This included a £2 million grant from the GLA, Good Growth Fund which was used to revamp the market square. “We spent some of the money on creating eye-catching shop facias for existing businesses,” says Jack. “As a result of this, businesses have seen greater footfall and, in many cases, an increase in their turnover. We’ve also organised festivals and other community events, and attracted artists to the area to showcase their work. One of our aims is to get businesses involved in the community, engaging with people who could ultimately become their customers.”


hose are the words of Jack Shah, chairman of Blue Bermondsey Business Improvement District (BID). They convey a brutal honesty about the challenges facing the BID and its key partners as they seek to drive footfall to the area and promote it as a world-leading cultural destination. “People who live here, or those who’ve already visited, already know the appeal of the place,” says Jack. “The challenge we have is to broaden this appeal, bring more people into Bermondsey and keep them coming back.” This work has already started in earnest; indeed, it has been ongoing for many years. The BID is playing a significant role in helping to improve the look and feel

of the area, and raising the area’s profile to encourage further investment, positive perceptions and improvements. Jack says: “We’ve transformed Southwark Park Road into a vintage, retro-style destination, one that has a distinctive character and has something for everybody. We wanted to create a high street that had something different to a typical high street in the UK. Essentially, we wanted people to feel in tune with their history and heritage when they came here. “I’ve visited many high streets and everything seems a bit samey – the same type of companies selling the same type of brands. In Southwark Park Road there are lots of independent businesses. We’ve got bakery shops, coffee shops, retro-style hairdressers and Simon the butcher, who started off on the market stall and now


Jack knows the Bermondsey area inside out, having run a clothing company there since 2006. “I used to work for a retailer in the area but then decided to go my own way,” he recalls. “I launched Blu1 sixteen years ago and things have generally gone well. We sell quality men’s clothing at affordable prices and we’re different to many retailers in that we don’t sell online. I prefer the personal touch and want people to come into our store. “I send pictures of next season’s garments to my regular customers to get a feel for what they like. This makes our customers feel engaged and is great market research for us. It enables us to plan and forwardbuy more effectively. “The current climate is challenging for all of us but I’m confident that, as a community of small, agile independents, we can weather the storm.”

The Blue in South Bermondsey has been its central area of commerce for over a century.

New Arts & Cultural Centre

The High St features a wide variety of small independent shops, with a new Arts & Cultural centre opening in 2023 courtesy of the Really Local Group. The hub of the area is the Blue Market that has recently undergone a major refurbishment. The surrounding streets are home to hundreds of businesses located in railway arches, industrial estates and the Workspace owned Biscuit Factory complex, which houses more than 300 SME's. The name alludes to its former owners, the fabled Peek Freans, biscuit makers. Alongside its old warehouse buildings Grosvenor are currently redeveloping the adjacent land into new homes and flexible business spaces. The Low Line is a local partnership initiative supported by the Arch Co, which is creating a new walking route along the historic railway viaduct from Bankside to South Bermondsey. This will complement the new generation of food producers in the arches, including the many independent craft breweries that have spawned the celebrated Bermondsey ‘beer mile’. Blue Bermondsey BID is at the forefront of a multitude of local initiatives with a long term vision and ambition for a modern, diverse, multicultural, community with a thriving local business economy at its core. Visit:

POSTMODERN PAINTING. Stella alternately paints in oil and watercolor

“The Blue Bermondsey is a great location for your business”

Are you keeping your bike safe? If you cycle to work in Bankside, why not register for a spot at our new Secure Cycle Park. By using the park, you can reduce the risk of theft and keep your bike safe and dry. Where is it? Arch 58 Ewer Street, SE1 0NR (a secure arch along the Low Line in Bankside, next to the Crossfit Central London Gym).

Opening hours: 24-hour digital access and open Monday to Friday.

To register, visit:

Bankside’s bold spirit helps local businesses

Destination Southwark

Nicole Gordon, CEO of Better Bankside Business Improvement District (BID), explains how Bankside’s bold and independent spirit is helping businesses in the area to thrive… Workforce wellbeing is a big priority for our members and we’ve invested in mental health first aid training and other wellbeing activities to complement our professional development training sessions.

Nicole Gordon (second from right), CEO of Better Bankside, meeting member businesses at their last Ballot launch

Why is Southwark such a brilliant arts, culture and hospitality destination? Arts and culture are in Bankside’s DNA. It’s a place where people have come for experience and entertainment for more than 1,000 years. Layers of history are hidden in plain sight; there’s so much to explore. As Bankside originally fell outside the city’s jurisdiction, it was free to allow practices outlawed elsewhere and was known for its brothels, bearbaiting and gaming dens. Today, the area still holds that bold and independent spirit. Take a walk through Bankside and you’ll find a diverse mix of cultural places and spaces, food and drink and hotels, plus amazing views of the city’s greatest landmarks. Bankside is home to cultural institutions such as Shakespeare’s Globe and Tate Modern, as well as unique and special places and spaces with the likes of Omeara and Union Theatre. It’s this mix of old and new which is testament to our roots and reinvention.

Borough Market is our local market, offering fresh produce from artisanal producers. Food is a reason to visit with a range of high-end restaurants, independent concepts and delicious street food.

What is the BID doing to help local businesses in the area? We’re committed to providing a vital support service to our businesses and members, and making Bankside a place where people are proud to work. Our programme of services and projects has been co-created with local businesses and the wider community. On an environment level, we aim to reduce freight through the area and make deliveries cleaner by offering a zero-emission cargo bike deliveries service and a last mile green logistics centre. Our subsidised recycling scheme is available for every member business, saving them money. We also have our responsive cleaning team who wash and sweep the streets, removing graffiti, fly posting and gum.

Our strength is in our network and active local participation is key. Businesses and community stakeholders have the opportunity to shape our programme, feedback on ideas, share expertise and experiences and meet other Bankside businesses through our governance structure including various theme groups. Looking ahead to 2025, we’ve developed strategies to continue to drive economic growth, energise our community into climate action and allow everyone to shape a happy neighbourhood.

How is the BID helping to drive footfall into the area to boost the local economy? This is an exciting time for the organisation and the area as workers come back to the office, and we’ve been preparing for key summer celebrations such as Jubilee and Pride. We work closely with established events such as London Design Festival to put Bankside on the map and support local talent. We’re particularly looking forward to our activities for Christmas!

Bankside is characterised by the mighty Victorian viaducts that criss-cross the neighbourhood and the Low Line is emerging as a new urban park for London. It will draw footfall along the base of the viaducts through Bankside and beyond, encouraging exploration and creating new opportunities for economic growth and social connection.

What challenges does the Southwark business community face in the post-pandemic era? The impact of hybrid working continues to be felt by the hospitality sector. Through our marketing, we champion and rally support for local businesses to help drive footfall. Recruitment is a big challenge. We’ve launched our Bankside Recruitment Pioneers, giving businesses the opportunity to widen their talent pool and de-bias their recruitment processes. The way we live, work and interact has been transformed by the pandemic. We’ve had to adapt and will continue to flex to respond to new business challenges as they emerge.

The importance of open spaces has heightened in the past couple of years. Access to green space is a top priority for businesses in the area and through our Bankside Urban Forest initiative we’ve delivered new green spaces and parklets and public art in the streets across Bankside, creating new vibrant and welcoming areas to enjoy.


Weddings AT THE DIXON EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCES AT THE DIXON Licensed to hold civil ceremonies and partnerships as well as wedding receptions and vow renewals, The Dixon Hotel offers a beautiful and intimate space to create a truly memorable and special occasion. Steeped in history, The Dixon is a fine example of 19th Century architecture. A former magistrates court and police station the venue is the perfect setting for a London Bridge or Tower Bridge wedding, fusing subtle references to our heritage with beautiful modern decor. The Grade II listed building is a truly stunning London Bridge wedding venue with a plethora of original details and features located within the heart of SE1, just minutes’ walk away from Tower Bridge - creating a perfect backdrop for all of your photographs.

THE MASTER SUITE Experience timeless elegance and relax before your big day by booking our Orwell Suite for pre-wedding preparations or as an early honeymoon retreat. Enjoy 678 square feet of bespoke luxury furnishings, king-size opulence and views of The Shard during your special Tower Bridge wedding. A sizeable lounge area to get ready with your bridal party and a large bathroom to soak up the glamour of the stunning surroundings.

A BESPOKE WEDDING TAILORED FOR YOU Your tailor-made wedding allows the couple pure freedom to design their own special day; it’s all about personal choice with our unique offering. Our custom-made wedding may include the following: • Dedicated wedding planner • Personalised wedding menu • Reception drinks • Selection of Canapes • Five-course wedding breakfast • Half a bottle of house wine per guest

• Champagne toast • Tea/coffee and petit fours • Sparkling and still mineral water • Menu and wine tasting for 2 people • Complimentary bridal suite for the night of the wedding

Our Complete Wedding Packages start from £149 inc VAT per person *Minimum numbers apply


OPENING July 2022 ... a hotel unlike any other Lost Property means finding a place to lose yourself in the moment - an escapism. With a plethora of curiosities around every corner, Lost Property uncovers and celebrates the lost moments, activities and art of London’s rich past and present with an eccentric twist. Lost recipes, art, craftsmanship, stations, trades, fashions, conversations and more.

Stay with us In one of our 145 design-led, elegant bedrooms including 7 junior suites laid out over six floors, blending classic features with high-quality furniture and a clean, crisp finish, giving the hotel a unique personality and character emphasised with bespoke artwork inspired by London’s lost stories in history.

All our rooms are warm and inviting, they combine chic parquet flooring with carpet that features an original Edwardian pattern in the foreground, linking with the history of the building. Bedding styles include King, Twin and Accessible rooms. Lost Property, St Paul’s is placed in a premium location, less than 100 meters away St Paul’s Cathedral and Found Restaurant+ Bar concept, serving breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, and our premium Tattle Coffee house serving premium Monmouth Coffee beans. We look forward to welcoming you soon. Lost Property, St Paul’s 3-5 Ludgate Hill, St Paul’s, London +44 (0) 204 553 0555

EAT, DRINK AND INDULGE Where culinary provenance meets timeliness grandeur. When it comes to inspiring dining and drinking experiences, there are few cities to match London. We’ve added to this rich tapestry with two outstanding venues - Provisioners restaurant and our Courtroom bar. The menu at Provisioners reflects its surroundings, combining timeless classics with modern flavours revolving around a Pizza, Pasta & Prosecco theme. At the Courtroom bar you’ll find a fantastic selection of delicious cocktails, to be sipped in an atmosphere of wood-panelled heritage. The Dixon, Tower Bridge 211 Tooley Street, London +44 (0) 203 959 2900


Big Interview

The energetic entrepreneur! There’s not much that Ricky van der Linde hasn’t done. The South African-born entrepreneur has tried his hand at everything from selling ice-cream in Hyde Park to managing commercial property portfolios in Waterloo.


ow he’s running two very different businesses: London Water Delivery and London Spit Roast. The former specialises in the supply and delivery of water coolers, bottled water and water packs for home, office and warehouse use. Meanwhile, the latter has developed into one of the capital’s premier diners and provides loin spit roasts, hog roasts, lamb roasts and barbeques for private parties, weddings and corporate events. Ricky says: “We opened London Spit Roast in 2014 and bought Big Roast in 2019, which was a great year for us. Things were going so well but then the pandemic hit and we went from hero to zero. By then I was already dabbing in the water business; I had registered it in 2018 but initially didn’t have that much time for it because we were so busy dealing with London Spit Roast. In 2020, we had more time on our hands; the barbecue business had to close temporarily and we got a huge influx of people asking for water deliveries. About 95% of these customers were people working from home and then, as things began to open up again in 2021, we got more enquiries from businesses. “As orders increased rapidly, I hired two drivers to help with deliveries. In December 2019 we were delivering 20 bottles a week;

now that figure has risen to 500 per week. I’m confident that we’re going to exceed the 2019 turnover figure this year.” The fact that both businesses are doing so well is testament to Ricky’s energy, drive and commitment to achieving success in the corporate world. He arrived in the UK from South Africa at the tender age of 18 because he wanted to “explore another part of the world to see what it had to offer”. “I actually came for a working holiday”, he says. “I’d never even been on a plane before. I’d enjoyed growing up in South Africa but the world is a big place. I thought: let’s get out there and explore it. “I found everything easier in the UK than in South Africa. I did bits and bobs of everything; I sold ice-cream in Hyde Park and worked at the retailer H&M for a short while. “Then got my first proper job at Bourne Capital, a property development company. They wanted me to work on their commercial properties in Waterloo. I was ambitious – I started as a facilities manager and worked my way up to become operations manager.” Having stayed at the company for almost eight years, Ricky moved on to serviced office provider Regus but the move didn’t work out.


“I wasn’t keen so I decided to leave after four months,” he says. “At that point, I decided I didn’t want to work for anyone else anymore.” He hasn’t needed to ever since. The last two years have been challenging, particularly for London Spit Roast, but with the worst of the pandemic behind us, Ricky is confident about the future prospects for both of his businesses. “In June 2021 we reopened London Spit Roast and we were busy quite quickly. I employed someone in the office to take bookings and we were operating at about 80% of pre-pandemic levels of business. Now we’re hoping to exceed 2019 levels – we’ve taken a lot of forward bookings.

Big Interview

“The London business scene is good,” he says. “If you want to make money, you should start a venture here. It’s the place to be; it’s so diverse. You could sell anything here - even snow or gravel - and you’ll find someone who’ll buy it.”

The Inside Track Favourite food? Steak Favourite tipple? Rum and coke Favourite holiday? Maldives Describe your family life. Not without its challenges How do you spend your downtime? Watching sport and playing golf “The water business kept us afloat during the pandemic and now it’s very strong. Orders are coming in thick and fast and there are no limits to its potential.” Having lived in the UK for most of his adult life, Ricky feels at home in London. “The London business scene is good,” he says. “If you want to make money, you should start a venture here. It’s the place to be; it’s so diverse. You could sell anything here – even snow or gravel – and you’ll find someone who’ll buy it.” Now an experienced entrepreneur, Ricky knows what it takes to succeed in business. So, what’s his advice for any young aspiring entrepreneur?

What are your key strengths as a manager? Continual learning

“Have energy and stick to your guns. If you have an idea, see it through. Like anything, you might go through hard times but if you know your product and your market, you’ll come through the tough times.

And your limitations? Coming to terms with delegating responsibility

“Also, don’t stretch yourself too thin. I’ve seen people try to diversify too quickly and neglect the good products they had when they started their business. Keep it simple, focus on your core product and make sure that it’s selling well before you diversify into other areas.” For more information visit and

Best thing about doing business in the borough? Access to a diverse, skilled workforce Famous person you’d most like to spend dinner with? Richard Branson Most interesting fact about yourself? I came to the UK with £200 in my pocket and grasped the opportunities presented by London with both hands. I’m also very passionate about rhino conservation.


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We deliver Water We deliver Water Coolers, Bottled Water Coolers, Bottled Water and Water packs to and Water packsand to homes, offices homes, offices and warehouses warehouses

New community venue in London Bridge: available to book from August 2022 The London Bridge Hive will soon reopen at a new address, 2 minutes from London Bridge Station. Affordable and adaptable our multi-functional space will accommodate up to 50 people for your meetings, workshops, rehearsals or exhibitions. 8 Holyrood Street, London SE1 2EL

See Our booking line will open from August. Please check on our website for updates. 2022/23 prices will be available soon.



ways to make HR more strategic By Achim Krausert With the ‘Great Resignation’ well underway HR has an opportunity to prove its worth as businesses realise the need to attract, engage and retain staff. It could finally open the door for HR to become involved in more strategic areas. Here are five lessons drawing on Fred Goodwin’s introduction of HR analytics to RBS in the 2000s, which saw staff turnover fall from as high as 60% in some units to 12% globally, and Chinese restaurant chain Haidilao’s use of staff initiatives and mentoring to build excellent customer service.

1. Get the CEO onside If the CEO is not a supporter of HR like Goodwin and the founder of Haidilao, ensuring HR is involved in strategic workforce planning will help raise awareness of its value. This is where HR is integrated in the business planning team and can help forecast scenarios for the longer term, pointing out any potential interdependencies between strategies and people.

2. Focus on employee engagement Both organisations put a high value on engaging employees, with Haidilao even offering housing for its staff and boarding school provision for their children. This is the principle of ‘mutual investment’, where both parties go above and beyond to look after the needs of each other. It’s important to speak to employees to see what they want and to monitor the impact of any measures put in place on engagement, productivity and retention. This will filter through into bottom-line improvements.

3. Make low employee turnover a priority Reducing the number of people who want to leave is central to developing a mutual investment approach, as can be seen in the case of RBS, and can provide a tangible impact of the value of HR. Research suggests that embedding people in the organisation and allowing them to develop is more effective than trying to replace staff. Ensuring work is meaningful and workers have an impact on the business – just like Haidilao using staff suggestions as new initiatives – will help ensure they stay with the business.

4. Evidence the value of HR Being able to demonstrate the impact HR is vital when making the case for HR to be involved in strategic discussions. Set up a dedicated HR analytics team, but avoid only monitoring easy-tomeasure metrics such as the ‘cost of recruitment’ or the ‘time taken to fill vacancies’. Instead focus on the number of people who become high-performers or who are still with the business after a year. Also, seek feedback from the wider business on the value of HR and the benefit it brings.

5. Differentiate your HR value proposition Identify where in your business people could make a real difference to its overall success. For example, at Haidilao this was in the delivery and differentiation of customer service. Identify the skills and behaviours that are essential for respective roles and develop HR practices to build these. Make sure the impact of this is measured on key business metrics, and that the wider business is aware of HR’s role in this.

This article was written by Dr Achim Krauserts and originally appeared on the Warwick Business School (WBS) website. For more information on WBS at The Shard, please visit


Skils Skills Skills

INVEST IN YOURSELF with in-demand skills Every business is only as good as its employees. Since the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the job market, many employers have reassessed the skills and expertise they seek in their staff. As business goals evolve to ensure both short- and long-term success, so does the staff skillset needed to align with the new organisational vision. This has driven many people to upskill, retrain, or fast-track their learning to keep up with an ever-changing environment.


ondon South Bank University (LSBU) are proud to offer accelerated degree programmes at their new Croydon campus, shaped by leading academics to meet employer demands, and enable professionals to earn a degree in just two years, pay lower fees and launch their career sooner. Now more than ever, is the time for professionals to invest in themselves with the expertise that will make them stand out in the job market.

So what expertise do employers value today? We will explore the emerging in-demand skills and evaluate LSBU’s commitment to developing high-calibre graduates who are ready to meet the changing needs of the business world.


Data literacy

Businesses have seen unprecedented change and have come to realise the importance of getting to grips with their data, in order to have a better view of their organisation and make informed decisions. This has led to analytical skills becoming a sought-after attribute in new employees. Whether businesses need to identify risks or investigate a problem, professionals who can interpret data, identify trends and integrate new information are increasingly valuable. LSBU supports students in meeting this employer demand, particularly with modules which cover the use for data in decisionmaking, such as Data for Decision Making or Professional and Digital Skills. The teaching explores the range of ways of handling, analysing and presenting data. The goal is to enable storytelling, drawing key insights from data and using this to drive informed business decisions.


Soft skill success

Whilst proficiency in the technical side of finance or business management remains vital to organisations, there is also a rising need for professionals who possess soft skills, such as persuading and influencing stakeholders and colleagues. Finance professionals especially are moving away from simply reporting, and are now shifting focus to providing advice to facilitate growth. LSBU ensures their students are equipped with a toolkit of soft and hard skills to succeed in their careers. Both the finance and business accelerated degrees are shaped to include management modules, which explore the complexities of organisations and key management, organisational behaviour and people management strategies.


Aptitude for technology

Today’s fast-moving world requires businesses to effectively utilise technology, and the right kind of technology, in order to keep up with change. The pandemic has fast-tracked digital transformation in many organisations and it’s an asset to have the skills to use the latest digital trends and apply the most relevant to their business goals. Exploiting these technologies helps organisations remain agile and resilient to future environmental changes. The rich learning content in LSBU’s accelerated degrees explores digital skills, finance in a digital world and digital transformation in organisations. That ensures graduates enter the job market ready to apply the theory, concepts and practices to support business change.


Critical thinking

Another skill that is essential to businesses is critical thinking. Since the start of the pandemic, effective critical thinking is more important than ever in making business decisions due to the vast quantity of

information circulating in the world, especially as much of it changes on a daily basis. This makes business planning difficult so the ability to think ahead and evaluate the most reliable information, for the long-term, is vital. The learning environment and programme structure at LSBU nurtures critical thinking, innovation, creativity and enterprise. The application of theory to practice, in order to develop and implement appropriate business strategies, consolidates the use of these skills in a real business environment.


Autonomous working

An increasingly common hiring trend by HR managers is skills-based hiring, of which the ability to work independently is highly sought after. As remote working practices thrive, employers seek employees who can work proactively and autonomously to ensure their role is a success, irrespective of working location. LSBU aims to enhance the skills needed for independent learning, in order to ensure that students are prepared to take responsibility for their own personal development during the course of their degree programme and in their future careers. Self-managed study supplements and complements classroombased learning, building up knowledge with a mix of learning activities that are supported by the virtual learning environment. London South Bank University’s strong links to professional bodies, industry specialists and former students, keep it at the forefront of a changing business world. This market intelligence feeds into maintaining first class business courses for its students, especially those studying the Accounting and Finance or Business Management accelerated degree programmes who want to retrain sooner and enter the workforce with highly competitive skills.

Find out more To learn more about how you can fast-track your career with LSBU’s accelerated degrees, visit


Canada Water: Bringing the site to life At British Land, we are continuing to move ahead with construction of a new town centre in Canada Water, which we’re bringing forward in partnership with Southwark Council. Construction of the first buildings started last year, with the whole development taking around 10 to 13 years to build. The next phase includes what’s known as Zone G, which will bring new affordable homes to the borough, along with a brand new Tesco. We are also excited to bring you news of Canada Water’s new Wallball courts and Sunday market, as our commitment to develop wellbeing and help build a community that people want to be part of comes to life.

Zone G – new homes, new Tesco Following consultations with local stakeholders, we will submit a Reserved Matters Application (RMA) to Southwark Council later this year, seeking approval for the detailed design, proposed appearance, layout, use, scale and landscaping of Zone G. Zone G is located across what is now a portion of Surrey Quays Leisure Park, comprising the Odeon Cinema, Buzz Bingo, Pizza Hut, Frankie & Benny’s, affordable workspace Thrive, and some car parking spaces. The proposed development will provide a brand-new Tesco Extra supermarket with a belowground car park. The current Tesco Extra will not close until the new one is ready to open. There will also be space for other new shops, as well as c.420 homes, 30% of which will be social rent homes, with an additional 34% as intermediate affordable. Future building residents will also have new green spaces to use. Illustrative view of the new Tesco

Canada Water Market brings new flavours to Sundays

Play Wallball at Canada Water’s new courts

Joy’s Caribbean Fusion serves up tasty treats

London’s newest and most exciting weekly food market launched in April. Canada Water Market takes place at Deal Porter Square every Sunday, featuring fresh and sustainable food from local producers and talented artisans. The market is run by local operator Will Cutteridge, founder of Wapping Docklands Market. He has been working with low-cost work and maker space Thrive, operated by Tree Shepherd, to introduce local businesses and new stallholders to the market. If you run a small business or stall and would like to find out more, please contact Will directly on 07769 191101.

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Canada Water’s new Wallball courts take the local landscape as their design inspiration

Fancy trying a new sport? Canada Water’s new outdoor Wallball centre is now open for all to use. The courts help people who live, work and spend time locally to get physically active outdoors in a fun new way. Wallball involves hitting a ball against a wall with your hands – a bit like squash without a racquet. The eye-catching courts, filled with geometric graphics celebrating the area’s rich local history, are next to Surrey Quays Shopping Centre. It’s free to play, and if you need a ball you can buy one for £2 from a vending machine next to the courts. To find out more about this fun sport, visit UK Wallball’s website at

0800 470 4593 (freephone)


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SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS LONDON as a hub for tech start-up ventures More than 18,000 new tech start-ups were launched in London last year - a 94% rise from 2020.


igures from audit, tax and consulting firm RSM UK revealed that London accounted for the highest number of tech incorporations in 2021 (18,549), almost double the 9,572 recorded for the previous year. A total of 38,240 tech businesses were incorporated in the UK in 2021 according to RSM UK’s analysis of data held by Companies House, up from 23,579 in 2020. All regions in the UK saw an increase in tech incorporations. London recorded the highest percentage increase, followed by the West Midlands at 61 per cent; theNorth East at 59 per cent; Northern Ireland at 44 per cent and the North West at 43 per cent. The UK tech sector this year became only the third economy, alongside the US and China, to reach $1 trillion in value after a surge in growth throughout the pandemic. The UK’s digital industry is now worth more than double Germany’s equivalent, its closest European rival.

RSM’s latest analysis further evidences the UK’s key role in supporting entrepreneurs and encouraging innovation. David Blacher, partner and head of media and technology at RSM UK, commented on the findings: “Our analysis shows an unprecedented level of tech incorporations. As expected, London saw the biggest take-up, but the regions aren’t getting left behind. To be seeing incorporations increasing by between 40-60 per cent in regions throughout the UK is very encouraging and it is clear to see that the tech sector has thrived in conditions where other industries have either slowed or declined. “COVID-19 has encouraged more businesses to embrace technology, both to operate successfully during periods of disruption and to adapt to shifting consumer demands. The rollout of 5G and experimentation with new ideas such as the metaverse and crypto has led to more companies perceiving themselves as a tech business, which wouldn’t have been the case in the past.”

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We are proud to announce that this year marked the 10th year anniversary celebration’s of JT Clarke London, a premier independent estate agency based in Southwark, located on the Queens Road of Peckham. When the office opened back in 2012, Queens Road really didn’t have too much going on in terms of commercial trade and so there was not much of a footfall apart from those darting to catch their train from Queens Road station. However, with the improvements made to this prominent line, including the addition of the East London line extension coupled with the agencies vision to bring to change to the strip upon which they were now based they took on the task of sparking a much needed regeneration of this part of Peckham.

Providing comprehensive services for both the residential sales, lettings and commercial markets, we began to bring other reputable traders into the empty shops that lined its streets, says Jason Morris, the company’s managing director. We secured commercial leases for a variety of new eateries, bars and even another estate agency! People thought I was crazy for bringing the competition so close to our own doors but I was fed up of seeing empty derelict shops, and earnestly wanted to see change for the better in the area, so I kept my eye on the bigger picture! With 20 years experience in the industry, these transactions coupled with the warm reception we received to the area allowed us to get off the mark quickly selling and letting homes in the local area. There is no doubt, that we began to see a demographical change in the area with Peckham becoming a named ‘Hotspot’ and sought after area for homeowners and first time buyers.

Serving our area and community for over 10 years now has been a real privilege, with our agency competing amongst the best of the bigger brands. We have established ourselves as an agent of choice which I’m pleased to report has allowed us to expand operations yet further with the opening of our Brixton office in March this year! The culture and mantra of our company remains this he says, PEOPLE. PROPERTY. PASSION. PERFORMANCE. The People we serve come first as do their objectives. Property is the product we handle demonstrating expertise and knowledge for those we serve. Passion - we love what we do and do it refreshingly with an energy, enthusiasm and warmth that gets our customers telling their friends and family about us and PERFORMANCE, well he says we simply get it done for our clients and customers! After all it’s all about the results.


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Voice from Westminster


Supporting local people and businesses in Southwark


upporting local people and businesses in Southwark has shown me that Brexit is still creating huge challenges. A recent study by the London School of Economics also shows that the reason for the increases in costs at our supermarkets is ‘straightforward’ and that ‘additional barriers at the border such as checks, increased waiting times, and additional paperwork are costly for producers‘. A recent poll also shows that as many as 7 in 10 people blame Brexit for an increase in living costs in the UK. The truth is not hard to find, but the Government still seems very reluctant to acknowledge the difficulties its policy has caused, nor do Ministers seem keen to work with British businesses to address some of the difficulties they have created. Until they are prepared to face reality, British employers and British consumers will suffer needlessly, sadly. France (an EU member) capped energy price rises at 4%. Boris Johnson promised that leaving the EU would mean cheaper energy prices in the UK. This has not happened. But then, Johnson also claimed not to have broken any lockdown restrictions, yet now

we know he lives in the most fined address in the country for covid lawbreaking. The Government’s belated Emergency Budget (in all but name) and windfall tax (also in all but name) came after months of pressure from Labour and after the Chancellor claimed that it would be “silly” to intervene to help people. The measures they have announced late are mostly one-off and do not address the next huge rise in energy costs expected in the autumn. Instead, the Government raised tax on working people and businesses with an increase in National Insurance from April. The UK now has the highest taxes since World War II to pay for Tory failures, like allowing billions in fraud and wasting billions on the dismal test and trace system which simply did not work but lined the pockets of Tory friends. The Tory tax hike in April means people in Southwark paying an extra £37 million more to the Treasury each year in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis. In contrast, Labour have been re-elected to run Southwark Council with an increased majority and have been working to support the local economy. Policies in partnership with businesses and residents have helped

5,500 local people into jobs; distributed over £250m to employers impacted by the pandemic, including £18.3m discretionary grants for firms not covered by national schemes; set up an additional £2m Business Hardship Fund; supported 160 new businesses to start up; and supported high street projects with grants totalling £263,000 encouraging footfall to support local businesses. Southwark’s Labour council also have ambitious plans to support business over the next four years. These include: creating a ‘Thriving High Streets’ fund to allocate money to help local businesses recover from the pandemic; creating 2,000 apprenticeships and 3,000 training opportunities, building on the 4,000 apprenticeships already achieved – the most of any London borough; and keeping wealth in our community with a renewed pledge to support schemes to ‘buy local’. I am proud to serve alongside a council trying to work closely with so many local businesses to create mutual opportunities and benefits, but get in touch if you’d like more information on any of the positive approaches above!

The UK now has the highest taxes since World War II to pay for Tory failures, like allowing billions in fraud and wasting billions on the dismal test and trace system which simply did not work but lined the pockets of Tory friends.


Remembering when...

Remembering when... The Old Kent Road and the surrounding area was one of the largest Industrial hubs in London By Ken Hayes Executive Member


he Old Kent Road has a long history of working-class life in London and is now about to enter the next phase in its long history, with plans to develop the area and extend the Bakerloo Under Ground Line to Lewisham.

Canterbury to the grave of St.Thomasa-Beckett, as featured in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and was called Kent Street Road, as it led to Kent Street, now called Tabard Street. It became the Old Kent Road when New Kent Road was constructed in 1751.

When the Romans invaded Britain in AD 49 they built Paved Roads for the movement of troops and supplies to the cities they built and one of the these was Watling Street which connected Dover to London. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, it later was the route of pilgrimage to

From the 1840’s the biggest employer at that time was the South Metropolitan Gas Works which was run by Thomas Livesey and later by his son George who, was a philanthropist. He set up a Children’s Museum which eventually closed in 2008.


Remembering when...

• The London and Greenwich Railway, 1837

“Due to the plentiful work in the area, it became one of the most densely populated in London. Music Hall, (Variety Theatre), was the main source of entertainment and the famous song, (Knocked ‘em in the Old Kent Road), was written by Albert Chevalier.”

Due to the plentiful work in the area, it became one of the most densely populated in London. Music Hall, (Variety Theatre), was the main source of entertainment and the famous song, (Knocked ‘em in the Old Kent Road), was written by Albert Chevalier. This area was heavily bombed during WW II, due to its large industrial area, and it was regenerated in the 1960’s. New housing estates were built and the North Peckham Civic Centre was built at 600-608 Old Kent Road.

The Exterior of the building has a marvellous ceramic mural created by Adam Kossowski, a Polish Refugee, which has now been Grade II listed. The City of London who owned the freehold of much of the land had a Toll Gate near the Thomas -a-Beckett pub, where the Boxer Henry Cooper trained for his Heavy Weight fights in the 1060’s. Burgess Park was opened up at this time on war damaged land and is a much-used park nowadays. Retail Parks were built to replace the smaller independent shops.

“The further backwards we look, the further forward we can see”

Winston Churchill



Inflation hits 40-year high

Prices are rising at their fastest rate for four decades on the back of higher energy bills and food prices.


“Soaring inflation means that a June interest rate rise is inevitable. However, higher interest rates will do little to address the global factors driving this inflationary surge a nd risks undermining confidence and aggravating the financial squeeze on consumers and businesses.”

K inflation rose to 9% in the year to April 2022, a significant increase on the 7% recorded in March.

businesses through this difficult period. This should include reversing the rise in national insurance contributions and cutting VAT on business energy bills to 5%.”

Suren Thiru, head of economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The jump in UK inflation in April is eye-watering and underscores the growing cost-of-living crisis facing households and the damaging squeeze on firms’ ability to invest and operate at full capacity.

The BCC also said businesses were facing a perilous hiring crunch amid record numbers of job vacancies in May.

“The marked acceleration in the headline rate in April reflected the continued upward pressure on prices from surging energy and commodity costs as well as the energy price cap rise and the reversal of the VAT reduction for hospitality in the month. “The scale at which inflation is damaging key drivers of UK output, including consumer spending and business investment, is unprecedented and means there is a real chance the UK will be in recession by the third quarter of the year. “While inflation may moderate a little over the summer, April’s inflationary surge is likely be surpassed in October as the expected energy price cap rise in the month lifts inflation above 10%. “Soaring inflation means that a June interest rate rise is inevitable. However, higher interest rates will do little to address the global factors driving this inflationary surge and risks undermining confidence and aggravating the financial squeeze on consumers and businesses. “Although surging global energy and commodity prices aren’t typically something in the UK government’s direct control, more needs to be done to help consumers and


Suren Thiru said: “Although payroll employment continues to rise and the unemployment rate is falling, the headline figures more reflect several distorting factors, including rising economic inactivity, rather than the reality on the ground. “Record jobs vacancies highlight the perilous hiring crunch facing businesses. With rising economic inactivity confirming that the UK workforce is shrinking, labour shortages are likely to persistently drag on UK growth by stifling firms’ ability to operate at full capacity. “Although total earnings growth rose sharply, the robust headline figure more reflects strong bonus payments than a meaningful improvement in underlying wage growth. “Despite recruitment difficulties, the damage to firm’s finances from soaring inflation and rising national insurance will limit the extent to which wages can continue rising. “While demand for workers is currently strong, the squeeze on firms’ finances from soaring energy bills, surging inflation and the increase in national insurance is likely to weaken recruitment intentions and weaken wage growth in the near term. “An emergency budget is urgently needed to give firms the breathing space to recruit and retain staff, including reversing the recently introduced national insurance increase until at least the next financial year.”

Health and Wellbeing

BCC urges long-term contingency plan for pandemic response The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is urging government to provide a clear framework for businesses on living with COVID as high levels of absence rates and infections continue to disrupt firms.


ow that free testing in England has been removed, businesses are still reporting absence rates of up 20% and say advice on how to protect vulnerable staff and customers, including pregnant women, is still far too vague.

causes several other colleagues to become ill and need time off work.

Hannah Essex, co-executive director of the BCC, said: “Research by our Chamber Network has found that many firms are still struggling to get to grips with the way ahead.

“If the government is not prepared to provide tests for the workplace, then it must at least look to secure low-cost options for hardpressed firms that are already facing a rising costs crisis.

“Business leaders are keen to get back to prepandemic trading conditions and full capacity in the workplace, but they are worried about their legal responsibilities and liabilities once the working safely guidance is removed and replaced with general public health guidance. “Businesses need crystal clear guidance, especially smaller firms who don’t have their own HR departments to help them manage these sorts of issues. “For many firms, living with COVID really means living with disruption. One positive COVID case in a workplace has the potential to be hugely disruptive if it

Companies have been hit by soaring energy bills as the war in Ukraine intensifies, as well as higher raw material costs in some cases. They have also had to cope with a rise in employer national insurance contributions, from 13.8% to 15.05%. Research conducted by the BCC shows that more than four out of five employers (81%) say they have been impacted by the increase in national insurance contributions.

“Firms are also concerned about how to protect their vulnerable members of staff when the removal of free testing means either not being able to identify COVID cases or incurring additional costs for tests that they can ill-afford in the current climate.

“For many firms, living

“Businesses also need to understand how the government will respond to further variants of concern – or any future pandemic – and what support would be put in place if new guidance or mandatory restrictions are introduced that have a negative impact on the economy. “Firms will only truly be able to live with COVID when they are confident that a plan is in place for future outbreaks. Otherwise, uncertainty will put a brake on investment and the shadow of the pandemic could continue to loom over our economy for months to come.”

with COVID really means living with disruption. One positive COVID case in a workplace has the potential to be hugely disruptive if it causes several other colleagues to become ill and need time off work.”



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