Foreword: Gary Williams, Chairman of the Hatton Garden BID
As we head towards the end of 2019, I am delighted to report that Hatton Garden continues to be a vibrant and eclectic mix of businesses and with the stewarding of the BID Board, there is now a much stronger sense of community. This year we have made great strides forward in delivering the key objectives for Hatton Garden, which the levy paying businesses voted for and we continue to welcome new, diverse and creative businesses into the footprint to sit alongside the long established jewellery industry, in this historic and world famous area.
There have been a number of tangible improvements this year. The signage installation at the Farringdon Station end of Greville Street, which informs travellers that just across the road is London’s Jewellery district, has been a great success and the historic area milestones depicted on it have proved of great interest. We will therefore be installing similar signage at other main entry points to the area in the coming year. The flowers pots and railing boxes were a big hit throughout the summer and will be extended next year. The summer ‘Pop Up Park’ was enjoyed by so many visitors to the area, as well as business employees and local residents. Not only did we receive universal praise for the excellent event but numerous requests to do something for Christmas, which we are happy to announce is already in planning, alongside extending the Christmas lights.
I am delighted to report that business engagement with the BID has increased significantly, with more attendees at our information and networking gettogethers translating into more awareness and appreciation of the work the BID team are doing. I believe that in part this is due to the excellent work of local business, Crest Communications, who have raised the profile of both the Hatton Garden community and the work of the BID. Our first-rate street ambassador Glen, enhanced street cleaning and extra picnic tables in leather lane, are just a few other areas where the BID has made subtle but significant improvements in the area.
On your behalf and in order to represent your interests, we still attend many meetings with local stakeholders and various authorities including TFL, Crossrail and Camden Council. Of course I must thank my BID team, who work tirelessly to deliver the Hatton Garden Business Plan and this year, due to their efforts, have enjoyed increased cross sector support and numerous compliments on the BID’s achievements. I will take this opportunity to specifically thank James, our BID manager, for his skilful management of the BID team and the business plan and to wish him every success in his new role with the Northbank BID. This is a very exciting time for the area and if you would like to be more involved, represent your sector or would just like more information on our future plans to bring more benefits to the businesses, staff and residents in Hatton Garden, please let me or the team know.
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