West End group seeks an expanded business improvement district

Map of BID.

The business group which represents the largest retail and leisure companies in the Oxford Street and Regent Street area is holding a ballot on an expanded business improvement district (BID). The New West End Company works in a public-private partnership with Westminster Council and provides business services and lobbies on behalf of its members. It …

Fitzrovia’s biggest business occupiers revealed in list of BID voters

Fitzrovia BID street list.

A list of around 200 of the largest business occupiers in the Camden part of Fitzrovia has been revealed among documents published by The Fitzrovia Partnership business improvement district as part of its five year plan to intensify commercial activity in the neighbourhood. The Fitzrovia 200 list identifies the largest non-domestic ratepayers which will finance …

Fitzrovia Partnership drops plans for cross-boundary business improvement district

Fitzrovia BID map 2017-2022.

The Fitzrovia Partnership has abandoned plans for a cross-boundary business improvement district (BID) but will instead seek to renew its five-year mandate and expand its estate in the Camden part of Fitzrovia this summer. The business group did explore the feasibility of a cross-boundary BID with neighbouring Westminster Council as part of its renewal strategy …

Fitzrovia BID considers ‘tidying up’ its boundaries ahead of renewal vote

Man riding cargo bike.

The Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District is currently reviewing the size of its estate and considering expanding across the borough boundary from Camden into Westminster. The Fitzrovia Partnership BID was established in 2012 in the Camden part of Fitzrovia after 72 businesses voted in favour of it, and despite the resistance from local residents. Members of the BID in premises with …

Derwent London is turning a little oasis into dystopia

CCTV in operation 24-7.

"Someone described the area as a little oasis in Fitzrovia, and we would not want to change that. We are a property company with sensitivities. We want to get rid of the idea that we will come in and knock everything down.” -- Simon Silver of Derwent London (interview with property press, November 2009). A building …

Business group says homeless choose to sleep rough on London’s streets

Front of building on Fitzroy Street.

A business group in Fitzrovia has told its members that there is enough accommodation on offer for homeless people and that the vast majority of rough sleepers choose to stay on the streets, an investigation by Fitzrovia News has found. The claim by the business group comes after government statistics released in February showed a huge increase …

Fitzrovia BID embarrassed by wrong event date in Camden Magazine

The Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District has once again proved itself incapable of promoting events for the benefit of local businesses despite its vast marketing budget. This time the Fitzrovia BID, which is supposed to be working in a public-private partnership with Camden Council, published the wrong date for its Christmas market and the mistake was …

Rates, BID levy and Crossrail are killing electronics shops, not the internet

Front of electronic shop.

The electronic retailers at the southern end of Tottenham Court Road complain their businesses are suffering not from competition from online sales but by a combination of high business rates and the Crossrail works. And the InMidtown business improvement district which is taking thousands of pounds in a mandatory levy on the traders is giving nothing in return …

One neighbourhood under a sandwich

Pret a Manger on corner of street.

Last Friday our friends -- I use the term loosely --  at the Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) were tweeting away about the latest chain sandwich shop to open. "Who's heading to @Pret!? That's right - it's opening today! What a Friday treat!" they gushed full of excitement. What they probably didn't do was count how …

Derwent London announces grant funding but controversy is never far away

Map of properties.

Derwent London have today announced its second round of community grants with £75,000 of funding shared between seven organisations in Fitzrovia. Three community groups have been awarded grants of approximately £15,000 each: Fitzrovia Noir for an art project, Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association for women's health and exercise, and Upbeat Music to deliver a series of music …

Don’t trust The Fitzrovia Partnership for mother’s day advice

Newsletter.

I can imagine nothing worse than hauling my mother into central London with the promise of fine dining and a glass of wine only to find the restaurant closed. But that's what would happen if I was dumb enough to heed the advice from Fitzrovia's so-called business improvement district. The Fitzrovia BID's latest newsletter  -- decorated in pink …

Fitzrovia BID acting like clowns on Twitter

Twitter screen shot.

When the London Evening Standard's Homes & Property editors called on locals to respond with their tips for great places in Fitzrovia to enjoy, a number of attractive suggestions were made. But the one suggestion made on Twitter which stood out head and shoulders above the rest was the recommendation put forward by the Fitzrovia …

BID installs footfall cameras ahead of Fitzrovia economic report

By News Reporters Pedestrian movements in Fitzrovia are to be monitored, measured and analysed this Christmas, and two new reports looking at the local economy and the impact of Crossrail on visitor numbers will be published, say the Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District.  The Fitzrovia BID, which was set up in August 2012, is installing …

Plans by Fitzrovia BID to install lights in trees causes concern

By News Reporters Plans by the Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) to install electrical cables and lights in mature trees in Fitzrovia have been criticised by some residents. The Fitzrovia BID have announced plans for Christmas lighting in Tottenham Court Road, Charlotte Street, Goodge Street, Percy Street, Howland Street and Fitzroy Street. There are plans …

What’s in store? The Fitzrovia Partnership BID one year on

By Linus Rees In August 2012 the Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) was formed after a ballot of large businesses on the Camden side of Fitzrovia voted for it. The BID will last for five years and raise through a levy on business rates around £1,000,000 every year to market Fitzrovia as a destination of …

Derwent London offer grant aid to community groups in Fitzrovia business improvement district

By News Reporters Something must have pricked Derwent London's corporate conscience, for the real estate investment trust have announced a financial package of £250,000 towards community projects in Fitzrovia, an area where they hold a large amount of property. The announcement this week comes ahead of the start of one of their most controversial construction …

Fitzrovia BID to include representatives from residents and small businesses

By News Reporters The Fitzrovia Partnership has announced that it will include representatives from residents and small businesses in the newly created Fitzrovia Business Improvement District (BID). The move comes after a meeting in the summer with the BID company, residents representatives and Camden Council where including the wider community was discussed. At a public meeting in …

Residents and small businesses must be represented in business improvement district

By News Reporters At a packed out meeting at the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre last night (Tuesday 25 September) residents and small business owners agreed that their views should be properly represented on the board of the new Fitzrovia business improvement district (BID). The public meeting was attended by people from all over the neighbourhood who …

Camden admits failures over business improvement district

By News Reporters Camden Council have admitted that residents should have been consulted about the proposal to create a business improvement district (BID) in Fitzrovia. The BID which came into effect in August is being led by landowner and developer Derwent London and the international firm of engineers Arup. The admission came after Fitzrovia News …

Camden Council should not let Arup and Derwent London run loose in Fitzrovia

By News Reporters Somebody in Camden Town Hall must have said: "Now -- between the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics -- would be a good time to sneak this out and hope nobody notices." To the north of the Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia neighbourhoods is Euston Station. Its proposed development as an HS2 terminal …