January 31, 2012 Enfield Council
Enfield Council has outlined plans to establish a new street market near the entrance to Ponders End Park in the Spring.
The market, which will open once the £1 million redevelopment of the park is completed, will complement the high street shops and encourage visitors to the area. It is one of a wide range of Council schemes designed to breathe life into businesses in Enfield which is backed with GLA funding.
It is just one of a number of projects which have been launched or are due to be launched by Enfield Council to support businesses during the current difficult financial period.
Schemes have included investing in new festive lights to boost town centre trade over the Christmas period, and providing training to retailers along the A1010 road in how to market and merchandise their products more effectively.
The appearance of shopping parades along the A1010 is being enhanced by projects to upgrade shopfronts and bring vacant shops back into use. The first reoccupied property in Ponders End now houses an art gallery.
The projects taking place will be supported by the award of £1.9m from the London Mayor to revitalise Ponders End Town Centre.
Other initiatives include the signing of the Enfield Business Accord this month, which sets out how companies and the Council will work better together, and ensure the voice of business in the borough is acknowledged when decisions affecting them are made.
Enfield Council has also increased funding to the Chamber of Commerce this year to establish stronger partnerships with businesses. This will enable the chamber to establish sector groups to represent businesses in high growth sectors. An ambassadors group of high profile business based in the borough will also be established to lobby government and promote further investment in the borough.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration, Cllr Del Goddard, said: “We are doing a tremendous amount in Enfield to support business and help them be as competitive and efficient as possible because it is in the best interest of everyone to have a healthy and thriving economy.
“We want to work in partnership with business to create jobs and prosperity, and we are doing that by providing training and investment to ensure they are competitive during this difficult financial period and really thrive when the UK and European economies start to pick up again.”
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