Marchmont Association
Bloomsbury London WC1

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Enhancing the Trading Environment by Staff

  Enhancing the Trading Environment


Enhancing the Trading Environment

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Our early efforts to improve the trading environment were centred on Marchmont Street, for which we pursued various initiatives to enhance the prospects of our predominantly independent local businesses, which included: publishing our iconic "SHOP MARCHMONT STREET" poster (2006) and a directory of independent businesses within our wider area of benefit (2007); the 'Love your local high street' campaign, in partnership with Camden Council (2009), featuring banners on lamp posts and a 'Golden Santa' event with Steel Band and stilt walker (see photo).

We also persuaded Camden Council and the owners of the Brunswick to install new direction signs pointing to Marchmont Street shops and a new street name plate at the south entrance to Marchmont Street, providing instant recognition for visitors emerging from the station. We also lobbied Camden/TfL to roll out their innovative 'Legible London' street signage scheme, which has since been adopted wider afield. Two 'pop-up' shops, installed in empty Council premises at our request, were quickly let to excellent tenants. However, we have not been able to persuade the Council to install festive lights along our shopping streets, as they do in other local 'high streets', although, with the help of a lottery grant, we installed a Christmas tree and ran a mini-Carol festival with 3 local choirs next to the Marchmont Community Garden in 2011.

We persuaded Camden Council to install many new cycle stands adjacent to independent retail premises, which has encouraged cyclists to shop locally. Our annual Shop Front Awards continue to improve the appearance of our Neighbourhood Shopping Centre, which enjoys the lowest vacancy rate in the borough. In 2013 we asked the Council to look at giving Leigh Street the 'Marchmont Street treatment', to improve the street environment for the benefit of businesses and residents. This eventually led to the footways in Leigh Street being upgraded, following the completion of the Cartwright Gardens student halls development.

Finally, we aim to promote local businesses with this web site, which provides a free listing for every local, independent business in our area of benefit, with details of their products and services. If your business isn't listed, please contact us using the link in any of the 'Get Involved' boxes on this web site.


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