Argos has launched a new digital store on Tottenham Court Road in London, which it hopes will provide a more efficient customer experience.
EVENT – JUNE 26: Are you a small to medium sized business who employs fewer than 250 employees? Would you like 12 hours of completely free fully funded one-to-one environmental support from nationally renowned environmental consultants?
The BID has commissioned Arup to conduct a Green Infrastructure Audit (GIA) this summer.
Lazzaro Pietragnoli (Lab) has been nominated as the new Mayor for Camden, with Council Leader Sarah Hayward announcing her new cabinet.
The refurbishment of two escalators at London Underground’s Euston station will start from Thursday 10 July, ensuring more reliable service for customers in coming years as the Tube carries ever more passengers.
Crossrail 2 is a proposed new rail line between south west and north east London which would ease commuter overcrowding and stimulate new development opportunities along the route. Transport for London (TfL) has today (June 9) formally launched a consultation into Crossrail 2.
Camden Council remains a Labour stronghold. View the list of who’s in and out, here.
Public consultation on the West End project will take place from Monday 9 June 2014 until Friday 18 July 2014. Book your place today!
The government have today announced that they will consult on proposals for a smaller planning use class containing betting shops. This smaller use class will mean that in future where it is proposed to convert a bank, building society or estate agents into a betting shop it would require a planning application.
The London May Day Organising Committee (LMDOC) are holding their annual march from Clerkenwell Green to Trafalgar Square. This will take place from 1200 – 1800 and anticipated attendance is approximately 5,000 people.
TFL are currently operating Tube services on all 11 London Underground lines, more than yesterday at this time, and they are nearly all serving zone 1 stations. The exception is the Piccadilly Line which remains closed and will be reviewed later today. WARREN STREET REMAINS CLOSED.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced three further strike dates next week.
Two strikes have been called, one 48 hours and one 72 hours, at London Underground which will affect services from:
21:0hrs on Monday 28 April and throughout the whole of Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 April
21:00hrs on Monday 5 May and throughout the whole of Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 May.
Following a year long Government backed pilot scheme, Camden council has approved plans to permanently close Warren Street to traffic.
In early April, The Fitzrovia Partnership undertook a consultation exercise with local traders and residents to determine whether or not the street should be unnavigable to permanent traffic.
Reduce The Strength was set up to encourage local off-licences and supermarkets to stop selling low cost, super strength lager, cider, and beer’s with an alcohol volume of 6.5% or more.
With high levels of pollution hitting the headlines in recent weeks, The Fitzrovia Partnership is working hard to lower the levels of pollution in the area.
During the past month, our Clean Air Ambassador, Keith Cotton, has visited a 23 BID members in order to inform you on the current issues that are facing Fitzrovia and London, and to capture your thoughts on what you would like to see happen to change the situation.
The Fitzrovia Partnership showcased London’s Capital of Homeware, Tottenham Court Road at this year’s Ideal Home Show, as we highlighted in previous editions.
A big thank you goes to all of the BID retailers who took part and donated prizes- BoConcept, Dreams, Dwell, Hammonds, Heal & Son, Highly Sprung, Lombok, Multiyork, Paolo Marchetti Interiors, Currys/PC World, and West Elm.
Earlier this month, The Fitzrovia Partnership hosted a visit from eight representatives from The Norwegian Association of Town Centre Management (NSU), and representatives of the Norwegian Government.
During 2013-2014, the Fitzrovia Partnership supported Fitzrovia Youth in Action’s (FYA) Insight programme in delivering high quality, valuable work experience placements and mentoring to young people in Camden. The Partnership provided £15,000 funding to support 20 young people to develop their employability skills through work placements and employability skills workshops.
The Fitzrovia Partnership are providing a number of training courses for all members to take part in for FREE. These will vary from Counter Terrorist training sessions (Project Argus) and workshops to to healthy lifestyle opportunities. BOOK NOW.
As the UK’s music industry continues to grow and develop licensing revenues, music licensing company PPL has introduced two Business Relationship Executives (BREs) to the region – Kirsty Tavakoly and Tracey-Anne Baskerville – to raise awareness of the numerous benefits that playing recorded music can bring to London and Fitzrovia’s businesses.
Air quality in Fitzrovia is amongst the worst in London and has a significant impact on the health of those working, visiting and living in the area. Whereas in the 60s, the smog was visible, today it is invisible – misleading us all into thinking there is no problem, or not being aware at all. So we’ve now got a new Clean Air Ambassador to help us change things.
Following on from the Business Crime Survey that was completed in September 2013, which saw 40% of respondents suggest that more crime prevention advice and workshops would reduce crime levels in Fitzrovia, the Partnership have been discussing issues with business on a regular basis, both at the Crime Partnership meeting and on a 1-2-1 basis.
Following constructive talks at ACAS earlier today, we can confirm the suspension of this week’s Tube strike planned by the RMT and TSSA unions.
Talks are continuing at ACAS this morning with the RMT and TSSA unions to avert the planned strike action and we will let you know outcome of the negotiations as soon as possible. Click on the link above to access the latest Tube news from The Fitzrovia Partnership.
All stations in Fitzrovia are now open once more. There is likely to be some delays to services, but all lines are now back up and running. Please allow plenty of time to travel home today.
Shanta Bhagwandin joins the team from Kingston First BID, where as Events Manager, she was responsible for writing and delivering a creative events and marketing strategy that was able to increase footfall that delivered a positive profile of the Town Centre.
WARREN STREET AND GREAT PORTLAND STREET STATIONS REMAIN CLOSED. WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED THAT GOODGE STREET IS OPEN, BUT MAY CLOSE AGAIN LATER IN THE MORNING. TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD IS NOW UNAFFECTED.
TfL are currently operating train services on 8 out of 11 London Underground lines despite the strike action called by the leaderships of the RMT and TSSA unions. This, along with a range of other transport options, is keeping London moving and open for business today. WARREN STREET, GOODGE STREET, and BAKERLOO line ARE ALL CLOSED.
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Should the RMT and TSSA strike action go ahead, London Underground will keep as many stations open and run as many trains as possible. Services will be affected from 21:30hrs on Tuesday 4 February (TONIGHT) so customers are asked to try to complete journeys as early as possible this evening. If your Oyster card needs topping up, it may help to do this in advance of the industrial action starting. Please visit this page and TFL’s official website for updated information.
Crossrail may handle a quarter of a billion visitors in Central London every year by 2026, according to the latest research conducted by world-leading engineering firm Arup.
The report, entitled ‘The impact of Crossrail on visitor numbers in Central London’, has identified that Crossrail could well deliver significantly more passengers to the heart of the capital than previously estimated.
Reduce the Strength is a pilot initiative for the south of Camden which involves all licence holders of Supermarkets and Off Licences voluntarily removing the opportunity to sell super strength lagers and ciders in Fitzrovia and surrounding areas.
The Metropolitan Police, NHS Foundation Trust, Camden Council, and The Fitzrovia Partnership are working together in an effort to end the sale of this kind of alcohol, which has serious effects on consumers and communities.
Air quality in Fitzrovia is amongst the worst in London and has a significant impact on the health of those working, visiting and living in the area. Whereas in the 60s, the smog was visible, today it is much worse and is invisible – misleading us all into thinking there is no problem, or not being aware at all.
As a levy paying business, you have the opportunity to have your existing energy contracts reviewed by your Fitzrovia Partnership BID savings team.
They will ensure that you are on the right contract and obtaining the very best market rates. If you are not, then your BID savings team will do all the work for you to ensure that everything is in place to counter the effect of the UK wide energy price increases. To date, Members have saved over £137,000.
This month, the BID’s Fitzrovia Business Crime Partnership, which has been established for local businesses to identify and share information and pictures of known criminals operating in the area, is now hosting its latest steering group meeting next month.
The initiative, with the support of the Ambassadors, Neighbourhood Policing Team and Camden Business Against Crime,will begin with a steering group that will meet on a monthly basis to discuss issues and see where resources would be best used.
The Close the Door campaign works to stop shops wasting energy by keeping their doors open when using heating or air-conditioning. It is a business-friendly, non-profit organisation who’s admin staff and campaigners work on a voluntary basis. The campaign is active in cities around the country and works nationally with head offices of the chains.
Camden has been in discussions with the Close the Door Campaign and plans to work with them to undertake an audit of the incidence of doors being left open by retailers on some of our more polluted streets and areas. The audit will also include some initial engagement to ascertain levels of interest in the Campaign.
The festive period may now be a distant memory, but our Christmas @Fitzrovia promotion will certainly carry a long legacy.
The well received Christmas @Fitzrovia newspaper was packed full of fantastic gifts, offers and festive ideas available across the area, including Tottenham Court Road, such as at the street’s flagship store Heal’s and Paperchase. In our Eat @Fitzrovia section, BID Members such as Pied a Terre and Pescatori showcased some of the more unusual Christmas dinners that were on offer at the world renowned Charlotte Street. Our 30,000 copies were snapped up before the end of the campaign, with a record number finding their way into local offices, homes and eager visitors.
The Fitzrovia Partnership has an innovative and FREE Recycling service for our Members.
Together with our partners Paper Round, and as part of our commitment to an ethical collection service, we will come and collect your used Christmas tree – whether from your office, retail unit, or restaurant – free of charge in January(terms and conditions apply*).
Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the Christmas @Fitzrovia newspaper!
You can read about some of the fantastic gifts, offers and festive ideas available at Tottenham Court Road, such as at the street’s flagship store Heal’s (pictured here with Director James Thompson and our newspaper) and at the world renowned Charlotte Street. So, there is no need to panic if you have left everything to the last minute!
Following on from the successful Christmas lights switch-on for Fitzrovia, The Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District and University College London Hospital (UCLH) are today launching a gift appeal and calling on local businesses and the community to make a difference this Christmas by spreading some festive cheer, raising a smile and ensuring that the many children who are receiving treatment at the UCLH over the festive period, don’t miss out.
Fitzrovia, welcomes its first ever set of Christmas lights and decorations to its vibrant streets thanks to local businesses and The Fitzrovia Partnership.
Last week the decorations were officially unveiled and for the next six weeks the public will be able to enjoy a host of festive decorations, which will include a dazzling display of white chandelier style lights, winter themed decoration and two full sized Christmas trees at Whitfield Gardens and the corner of UCLH, decorated in bright and warm baubles and tinsel.
On Thursday 21 November, local traders and residents welcomed the BID’s first ever set of Christmas lights and decorations to our vibrant streets thanks to The Fitzrovia Partnership and you, our Members.
The Fitzrovia Partnership works on behalf of all the businesses to promote Fitzrovia as the Homeware Capital for London and the West End’s Food & Drink Quarter.