Recognising the importance of building strong partnerships with businesses and commercial landlords, in order to strengthen local economies and ensure a strong and robust recovery, the Council has launched its Invest in Richmond Upon Thames Programme, including the Invest in Whitton website.
Cllr Nicholas True, Leader of Richmond Council, who was once a business owner in the borough, said: “It is the private sector that is going to drag the country out of the hole it has got into and I am extremely conscious that councils can do many things to help business but they can also get in the way. If there are silly rules that exist which hinder businesses, they will disappear."
“We are keen to help our smaller businesses and we very much welcome our larger firms that are already here, and those we look forward to bringing in through this investment programme. Here in Richmond, we have a cabinet member dedicated to supporting firms and shops and a Council that is pro-business, surely there is nothing that can stop us? We believe in business, welcome business and are open for business. I am looking forward to working towards a prosperous future for all in this borough.”
A comprehensive inward investment information pack and website at www.richmond.gov.uk/invest will be used as reference materials for commercial agents, chambers of commerce, traders networks and investment agencies like Think London, which specialise in attracting new businesses, as well as individual firms.
Cllr Gareth Elliott said: “Private enterprise is crucial to economic recovery and the Invest in Whitton and Richmond programme offers current and potential businesses a clear point of contact and a commitment from the Council to review policies to make life easier for businesses. This is great news.”