Pomegranate Involved In Kensington Business Improvement District Bid
We all know how important maintaining our high streets is, in terms of providing shops and services to local people and employment opportunities but they also have real social value too.
Having a stroll into town to meet friends for a spot of shopping followed by brunch at a local coffee shop can help keep people connected, supporting wellbeing and leading to a greater sense of community.
A thriving high street then is not only important to support local businesses owners and the people who work in them, but they can help to bring people and communities together too.
As a keen champion supporting the UK high street and a passionate independent business owner herself, Katie at Pomegranate has recently been involved in the BID proposal for High Street Kensington and its surrounding streets.
A group of local businesses has been working with Kensington and Chelsea Council and local residents to develop a Business Improvement District (BID), named 'Opportunity Kensington', centred around Kensington High Street that can promote recovery and embrace change.
The BID will secure at least £5 million worth of investment into Kensington High Street and the surrounding area, creating a thriving destination, welcoming public spaces and a connected and supported business community.
It’s well known that high street are facing perhaps their biggest challenge ever, accelerated by the impact of COVID-19. Ongoing drops in footfall, stiff online competition as well as the various challenges brought about by the pandemic have all played a part, making it more important than ever that local high streets do all they can to remain as appealing as possible to potential shoppers.
It is hoped that a shared vision and stronger, more cohesive identify could help make the area more attractive as a cultural and retail destination. Thiis would help to ensure that the area remains an attractive place for people to visit, live, work and invest in, keeping the local community and the businesses within it, thriving.
The bid is due to be voted on in February of 2022 and if successful, would help secure crucial funding for businesses in the area and would help deliver a raft of improvements and ensure Kensington’s reputation for retail and culture is enhanced.
To see the full BID proposal and learn more about the proposal, please visit: https://www.visitkensington.co.uk/opportunitykensingtonbid
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