We need to be ready with the skills and infrastructure to power a successful local economy
Economic uncertainty and continued austerity in the UK and changing retail habits mean that high streets across the country are struggling.
Croydon has lots of 1960s office blocks but businesses leave or don’t choose to come here because the space available is old fashioned and unsuitable. Croydon has fantastic public transport connections, however the bottleneck on the mainline at East Croydon train station resulting in daily delays due to congestion and overcrowding. Lower numbers of employment result in several negative outcomes, such as poor health, social isolation, homelessness and poverty.
What we’ve done so far
- For over three years, Croydon Works has provided a job brokerage service dedicated to supporting Croydon residents into sustainable employment and a free-to-user professional recruitment service working with businesses to find skilled and experiences candidates.
- As home to the South London Growth Home we support people starting or growing a business through funding and grants opportunities, networking events, help finding venues and accessing new markets. In particular, the Croydon Digital platorm and events programme is supporting growth and skills in our developing tech sector.
- In March 2019 we launched the Croydon Apprenticeship Academy, connecting businesses and training providers with people who are interested in starting an apprenticeship and our award-winning adult education provider CALAT (Croydon Adult Learning and Training), offers more than 500 part-time courses.
- Major infrastructure projects, funded by extra business rates for the Growth Zone, will boost growth in the town centre and we’re working with independent organisation, ‘Save the High Street’ to support our high street retailers to succeed.
- Created the Croydon Good Employer Charter to boost the local economy through support to the local supply chain, creation of job opportunities and ensuring employees are paid a fair wage.
- We are lobbying government for urgent improvements to the Brighton mainline in the East Croydon area, to create a new world-class train station, increase the number of trains into central London per hour and reduce over-crowding on services, and extensions to the tram network.
Have your say
A £5.25 billion regeneration of our town centre brings so much promise, but the growing pains in the process can be hard on the local business community and its patrons. At Croydon BID, we have a unique role to play ensuring our town centre continues to be a destination we can all enjoy. The experience of Croydon must be a positive one as we deal with the pressures of regeneration and growth, but how do we do this? Our ambassadors play a big part – in their bright pink uniforms, they offer the welcome smile, helpful information, advice and guidance
Croydon Works was set-up in 2016 to make sure Croydon residents can benefit from the jobs created in the borough, and to help local businesses find local talent. Delivered by Croydon Council in partnership with CALAT, Croydon College and DWP, our service is completely free to residents and businesses. With one of the biggest regeneration programmes seen in the UK, Croydon is undergoing major transformation. This is great news for Croydonians as it brings a whole host of opportunities. It’s not enough to make sure Croydon residents can apply for these jobs, we also need to make sure they have
Things will look very different in ten years’ time – globally, nationally and right here in Croydon. Of course, change brings both exciting opportunities and new challenges for all of us and we want your views to shape our future.