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Quarterly newsletter 2 I May 2015


Cultural Award Winners

With almost £400million investment being pumped into the town centre, Sutton is staking its claim as a place to do business

We are thrilled to have won a prestigious Sutton Cultural Award for our popular guided history tours. The annual awards, run by Sutton Council, honour the individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the borough. Ross Feeney, Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to win an award for our historical walks. Sutton town centre has a fascinating history. We want these guided walks to help people learn about the town and see all that it has to offer today.” The historic walks cover the origins and development of the town, from the Domesday Book to the present day, as well as stories of bygone times and features of some of Sutton’s historic as well as modern buildings. Successful Sutton was one of eight award winners honoured at a ceremony at Carshalton’s Honeywood Museum last month. Our award-winning series of free guided history walks return this month. The walks, led by tour guide Chas Bailey, will take place on Thursdays at 3pm and 5.30pm until August 27. Meet at the top of the High Street, by the crossroads just outside Barclays Bank and Caffé Nero. New this year is a series of Sunday strolls taking in Sutton’s history, architecture and church walks. They will take place on June 14, July 26 and August 16. No booking is required but places are limited.

“The town centre is beginning to see the results of investment in new developments. Such investment would not be taking place if there wasn’t confidence in Sutton’s future.”

Sutton is open for business. That’s the message to investors and developers as the town embarks on an ambitious transformation.

Best Breakfast Winner -

Peckish Cafe You need to head off the beaten track to find Sutton’s best breakfast venue.

The family-run Peckish Cafe is tucked away from the high street but it has built a loyal customer base over the past 21 years thanks to its friendly service and home cooked food. Gail Bailey, who runs the cafe in Manor Place with daughters Tracy-Jane and Charlotte, said: “My daughters were the original Saturday girls when they were at school. They gave up their jobs to come and help me run the business.” Having been presented with the Best Breakfast Award by celebrity chef Ed Baines, Mrs Bailey said: “I’m absolutely amazed. I think this is good as it is nice to promote the smaller businesses, the independents like us that sometimes fall into the background.”

The full English fry up is the most popular breakfast choice at Peckish, while traditional dishes like liver and bacon and cottage pie, all cooked from scratch, are lunchtime favourites.

The Finalists Highly commended: Holiday Inn General manager Greg Stuart said: “This is great, it’s a beautiful award.” Commended: Tim’s Palace Mannie Dhillan, who runs the cafe with her mum Rani, said: “We are very pleased. My mum and I work very hard.” Finalist: Riva Bingo Laura Lynch and Donna Martin said: “We are really happy that we are finalists. We would like to thank our customers and amazing staff.” Finalist: Poppins Restaurant Yavuz Karapinar said: “It’s nice to know that people appreciate what we do.”

A series of key projects, due to be completed in the next five years, will create thousands of new homes and jobs as well as deliver major improvements to transport infrastructure and public spaces.

Other high-profile projects include CNM Estates’ development of Sutton Point, in Sutton Court Road, into a 22-storey building, with two new buildings connected to it that will provide a mix of housing, shops, restaurants and a 130-bed hotel.

Opportunity Sutton, the council’s investment arm, has secured £328 million of private and public funding in the past two years, paving the way for Sutton’s regeneration.

And supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is the anchor store at the redevelopment of the former gas holders site to the north of the High Street. Developer LXB Retail Properties plans to build 186 apartments, restaurants, leisure and retail outlets as well as a public plaza.

The scale of investment has bolstered business confidence with big name chains names including Sainsbury’s, Premier Inn and TK Maxx choosing to move to the town centre. While Subsea 7, a leading global contractor in seabed-to-surface engineering and one of the borough’s largest employers, is also expanding its operations in the town. Construction work has started on its new offices in Brighton Road, which will be home to up to 780 staff, jobs that have been retained in the borough as a result of a proactive approach to planning and a further sign that businesses are recognising Sutton’s potential. Recently voted as one of the top five places to live in London, Sutton has direct train links to central London, high performing schools and a wealth of green spaces.

It also has low unemployment and a thriving commercial sector with 1,118 new businesses opening in 2014. With high prices in central London leading many businesses to look at outer boroughs, Sutton has never been better placed to attract investment. Ross Feeney, chief executive of Successful Sutton, said: “The case for Sutton is compelling. As a business destination it offers affordable office space, good transport links, a skilled workforce and a number of designated development sites.

On a recent visit, London Mayor Boris Johnson said Sutton’s regeneration would enable it to compete with neighbouring business districts. He said: “London is going to be a multi-polar world with centres of economic focus and interest and Sutton is definitely going to be one of them.” He added that the proposed Tramlink extension between Wimbledon and Sutton, which has the support of the council and the majority of businesses, would improve accessibility and could spur wider economic growth.

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