Penge for Business

When it comes to shopping, dining and drinking, Penge is a town of surprises. With higher than average levels of independent businesses, Penge provides a traditional, friendly high street experience, with an urban twist. From fashion to funeral directors, from plectrums to pest control – Penge has a surprising range of interesting local businesses, providing good value, convenience and service to residents and visitors alike.  Penge also has a burgeoning and well-patronised food and drink sector – with both national chains and independent watering holes and eating places being represented.

Shop Local in Penge SE20

The directory of local businesses provided on these pages represents the heart of the Penge SE20 website.  Every business within Penge town centre has at least a basic entry in the directory with enough information to help customers find what they need and to get in touch.

Penge SE20 Business Membership

However, you will also see a number of mini web pages for businesses who have paid a modest annual fee for Membership of the website, to ensure that much more information is viewable by potential customers.  This includes a full profile, location map, opening hours, pictures and special offer vouchers.  Each of the Member mini web pages are also selected randomly to feature in a Highlight on the homepage or on the relevant category landing page – to give each Member business even more valuable exposure.  If you own or manage a business in Penge town centre, contact us now to find out how you can give your business the advantage of Penge SE20 website Membership.

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Penge Traders Association

Given its growing status as an affordable and desirable suburb, with excellent transport links to central London and the rest of the South East, Penge is a great place to start and run a business.  However, owning or running a business in today’s economic climate can be very tough which is why it is important to link up with other businesses to find ways to cooperate and grow together.  Just such opportunities are provided by Penge Traders Association – which has existed to serve and connect local businesses for over 10 years.  The Penge Traders Association holds regular traders meetings and supports initiatives such as Penge Christmas lights and special town centre events.  The PTA is also an active member of the Penge Town Centre Team – and through this Team represents the views of businesses to the wider community and to Bromley Council.

 

Penge Traders Association LogoTo find out more about the Penge Traders Association contact:
Judy Barrington,  Designer Drapes
Email:  enquiries@designerdrapes.co
Tel: 020 8778 2114

Business Improvement District (BID) 

The London Borough of Bromley is investigating the potential for a Business Improvement District (BID) for Penge.  Extensive research has been undertaken over the past 12 months, receiving a response rate of 50% from business rate payers, split between the full range of business sectors present in Penge. As a result of this research, the Penge steering group is pleased to present its business plan to you. Please scroll down to find this.  There has been a 28-day postal ballot period which commenced on 2nd February 2018 and closed at 5pm on 1st March 2018.

What is a BID?

A BID is a business led and business funded organisation. With over 260 BIDs across the UK, they are an effective method of delivering town and city centre management in your location.

How do I found out more?

To find out more about the proposed plans for the Penge BID, please click on the links below for additional information.

https://www.pengebid.co.uk/assets/pdfs/PENGE_BUSINESS_PLAN_D14_WEB.pdf

https://www.pengebid.co.uk/assets/pdfs/Street_List_for_Penge_BID_December_2017.pdf

https://www.pengebid.co.uk/assets/pdfs/DRAFT_Penge_Operating_Agreement_LM_amends_05.12.17.pdf

What have other BIDs delivered around the UK?

Talgarth Road Green Corridor project – Hammersmith BID

The Talgarth Road Green Corridor has transformed a neglected, run-down area of Hammersmith into a flourishing green corridor. Situated next to the Hammersmith Flyover, the project involved creating a new cycle lane and installing new planting, trees and a gully system to help attenuate rain water, reduce carbon and attract new wildlife. Air quality monitoring stations have also been installed.  The BID developed the idea after it carried out a green survey of the Hammersmith area and highlighted this route as a key area for improvement.  Improving air quality has become an important issue for local businesses with the BID committing to implementing projects and initiatives, such as the Green Corridor, in its third-term business plan. Under the BID’s influence, the Green Corridor became a multi-partnership project with Hammersmith & Fulham Council, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority all working together and investing into this pilot project, which now can be replicated elsewhere across the capital. The BID invested £15,000 which leveraged a further £175,000 from the other parties involved.

Orpington

The Orpington 1st BID was established in 2013 and was the first BID established in the London Borough of Bromley.
Last year Orpington 1st generated £132,775 of extra income on top of their levy to invest directly into the trading environment for their businesses Orpington town centre. They also successfully negotiated with the London Borough of Bromley council to secure free parking in loading bays after 6;30pm.  One of the many services designed to improve the trading environment for businesses in their area that Orpington 1st provide is a joint procurement service that cuts costs for local businesses.  The BID teamed up with procurement specialists to secure the best prices for businesses, finding the most appropriate service, managing all the contracts when they are up for renewal and switching businesses to the right deal. The Orpington 1st joint procurement service is free to all BID levy payers and is already making substantial savings for businesses in the scheme. No commission is earned on the service; all financial savings are passed on to the businesses. Businesses within the Orpington 1st BID can get savings through the service on utilities like electricity, water, telecoms and waste removal, as well as on business essentials like stationery, IT support, card payment services and even pest control and maintenance contracts.

Street Rangers

Ipswich Central provide a team of Police Accredited Street Rangers, who work with the businesses, police and partner agencies to tackle low level crime within the town centre. The Street Rangers are often the first response for issues within the town centre. The rangers also help to administer a town centre wide banning order scheme, which prohibits persistent offenders from entering town centre businesses.

 

For more information on BIDs click here

Sign up for today updates from the Penge BID steering Group. We are looking for High Street business owners who are passionate about Penge to get involved in the Steering Group. Email hello@pengebid.co.uk if you are interested.

Penge votes YES in town centre BID ballot

This is a press release on the latest info regarding the BID and can be found at http://pengese20.co.uk/news/penge-votes-yes-in-town-centre-bid-ballot/

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