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 …

Rates hike will squeeze Fitzrovia’s small businesses and creative industries

Businesses in Fitzrovia will be hit with a huge increase in bills next year after the government confirmed an increase of business rates in its autumn Statement. Although land values are lower than most of London’s other West End districts, the cost of premises in Fitzrovia has increased at a greater rate and will squeeze …

Business group sends cyclists the wrong way along one way streets

Cover of cycling guide.

The Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District is to recall and scrap its guide to cycling in Fitzrovia after realising that it was directing cyclists to ride the wrong way down one way streets. The local cycling guide, which was distributed to businesses in and around Tottenham Court Road and made available at Kings Cross and Euston …

Rubbish business improvement district cleans up its act

Man riding cargo bike.

The Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District has taken a step to clean up its act and improve its public image... if they could get things to fit properly. A new initiative by the Fitzrovia BID is a cleaning service -- additional to Camden Council's street cleaning -- with a dedicated team member employed to tackle fly-tipping and rubbish …

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 …

Homelessness is not a ‘lifestyle choice’

A man under a blanket on a park bench.

“When one has consorted with them, and found that they are ordinary human beings, one cannot help being struck by the curious attitude that society takes towards them,” wrote George Orwell about the homeless in his 1933 memoir, Down and Out in Paris and London. What would Orwell, who championed clarity and transparency in writing, …

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 …

Festive lights, winter market, and a message from your local BID manager

Lee Lyons Christmas message.

Christmas lights will be switched on this Thursday (13 November) and there will be a winter street market held later in the month, the Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District has announced. The festive lights will be turned on in Tottenham Court Road, Charlotte Street, Goodge Street and Maple Street at an event taking place at 5pm …

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 …

Phone apps to guide punters to food, drink and shops in Fitzrovia

Wheel of Om Nom -- Fitzrovia food and drink app, by Leagas Delaney London; iPhone. Love Fitzrovia -- Food, drink and shopping, loyalty app, by Apps4 Ltd; iPhone and Android. Spoilt for choice in where to eat and drink in Fitzrovia? Stuck in a rut going to the same place day after day and eating the same thing …

Evening Standard lost in time and space with Saatchi feature

Press cutting from Evening Standard with picture of Norman Cook.

The Evening Standard has got both geography and history mixed up with its article on Saatchi & Saatchi's forthcoming departure from Charlotte Street. In a feature on its business pages today Fitzrovia's most famous advertising agency is reported as about "to move east from Soho to a new landmark office on the former site of …

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 …

Camden Council and Fitzrovia BID drunk in charge of food and drink quarter

Cans of beer on supermarket shelf.

Readers of the Evening Standard and the Camden New Journal may have seen articles last week about an initiative by Camden Council to stop sales of super strength lager and cider in off-licenses in south Camden. Someone in the Town Hall is busy running a public relations campaign this festive season. "A pilot scheme will …

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 …