Foreword: Alexander Jan, Chairman of the Hatton Garden BID
As we head towards the end of 2022, it is in some ways hard to recall just how challenging 2020/21 was for Hatton Garden and indeed so many of central London’s neighbourhoods and districts.
The economic, social and health impacts of Covid-19 are of course still with us. But for sure Hatton Garden is returning to being a hub of social and economic vibrancy. Last year we continued our efforts to make the area as safe and welcoming as possible. We introduced a better-resourced on-site community security presence and have upped our cleaning resourcing. Greening investment and more public bins have followed. It is essential we complement our partner Camden Council in getting these day-to-day activities right because without them it is harder for everyone to tackle more strategic challenges with any credibility.
With the advent of the Elizabeth line (which finally opened in 2022) we have also increased investment in our seasonal lights programme and co-ordinated them with our sister BID, the Central District Alliance. We also secured government investment to create a destination website for Hatton Garden. Both these initiatives are designed to help encourage visitors to the area and in doing so support Leather Lane market, our jewellery businesses, and many others. We continue to work in tandem with Camden Council, other business improvement districts, the Greater London Authority and central Government to promote Hatton Garden’s interests.
During 2021/2022, I have been supported by an excellent board and executive team. We said goodbye to both Denean Rowe from the Centre for London and Ryan Willis from NCP who stepped down from the Board as they pursued new careers in other parts of London. I would like to thank them for their hard work and wish them all the best in their new roles. I am delighted that David Kaiser, Head of Real Estate, UK, Ireland, Middle East and Africa at WeWork has joined the Board. We are thrilled to have David, and we feel that alongside our other directors, his knowledge and expertise will be of great benefit.
On behalf of Debbie Akehurst, our Chief Executive, and my fellow board members, thank you for your ongoing support for Hatton Garden BID. As always, if you have any ideas or suggestions as to where could be making further improvements please do get in touch.
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