Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Whitton shops to benefit from Uplift

Sixteen shops in Whitton are set to receive improvements or ‘facelifts’ as part of the Council’s Uplift programme.
Further works on the High Street will begin next week to improve the shop facades. This will include new lighting, signage and work to restore architectural features.
The work is part of the Council’s Uplift programme, which aims to rejuvenate the Whitton, Hampton North, Barnes, Mortlake and Ham areas of the borough.
Whitton has already benefited from the programme, seeing over £325, 000 being spent on upgrading shop fronts, replacing all lamp columns in the High Street with 1930s style columns, installing new high quality signage to replace damaged signs to direct people around the town centre and into car parks.
As part of the next stage, a further £1.5m is being spent on regeneration activities for the area. Improvements include: more shop fronts improvements, resurfacing the carriageway, new pavements, the amount of street furniture and signs will be reduced and new trees will be planted.
Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor, said:
"This Conservative administration continues to demonstrate its prioritisation of our Village within its development plans. Based on the requests of residents we are spending a further £1.5m to build on the works already undertaken. Once finished Whitton will be the place to be!"
Cllr Virginia Morris, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“Since the All in One survey, where residents told us they wanted to see improvements to Whitton High Street, we have worked hard to restore the character of the local area and make it a place people enjoy shopping in.
“Whitton has a beautiful High Street, with many independent traders. With our help we hope to support them in this difficult economic climate by making it a real destination for people living here and in surrounding areas.
“A few years ago residents told us that Whitton was the forgotten part of the borough. No longer. Once again we have already made a huge investment in the High Street, with a number of the shops already benefiting. But we always said that this was just the start and that we had a programme of activity to improve life for businesses and residents alike.
“Already Whitton High Street has been transformed and I hope that when the work has been completed, the businesses and residents will really notice the difference.”

Monday, 15 April 2013

Budding Social Entrepreneurs - Take the next step to £10,000

Budding local social entrepreneurs are being reminded to enter a competition with a £10,000 prize pot for the winner. There is still one month left to take part in the easy-to-enter Richmond’s Den.
Building on last year’s successful programme, Richmond’s Den 2013 will provide entrants with direct support, training and advice - and potentially a cash injection to kick-start the business. ‘The Den’ is a joint venture from Richmond Council, Richmond Social Enterprise Partnership and commercial sponsors,
Initial entry takes only 500 words to outline your business opportunity. Judging criteria include business viability, sustainability and social purpose. Entrants that are shortlisted will be supported to develop their ideas further and will have the opportunity to present their ideas to a supportive expert panel. All entrants will be offered advice and support through workshops later this year.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Communities, Business and Culture, said:
“This is an exciting competition and a truly golden opportunity for our entrepreneurial residents to make their mark on the local economy. If entrants get no further than taking the ideas they have and turning them into 500 words, then they are still taking that critical first step towards enterprise.
“We have received a number of innovative proposals already but hope many more people enter to really give us something to think about. The winners will receive a fantastic package of assistance to help them get started and fulfil their potential.”
Confirmed sponsors so far are St Mary’s University, BAA Heathrow, Rugby Football Union, The Best of Richmond, Veolia Environmental Services, Richmond Housing Partnership. Delivery partners include Richmond Council of Voluntary Services, Richmond Adult Community College, Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Social Enterprise Richmond and ROCBaSE – a new business support organisation in the borough.
Deadline for entries is 9a.m. on 7th May 2012. For more information go to: or follow us at
Potential entrants can also come to discuss their entry at the upcoming Richmond Business Expo on 26 April at Twickenham Stadium. Find out more at stand 27 - Richmond Council.
To enter contestants need to outline their idea in just 500 words and the successful entries will be invited to pitch their proposal to a panel of top business and industry judges.