Business owners, retailers, residents and workers of Richmond came together for the launch of the town’s newly-formed Business Improvement District (BID).
About 100 members of the business community celebrated the official opening of Be Richmond, a business-led partnership set up to improve and enhance Richmond Town Centre.
Held at the Bingham Hotel on Thursday, September 14, the event showcased some of the ambitious plans set out by Be Richmond for the next five years.
Be Richmond chairman and Bingham Hotel general manager Erik Kervaon spoke at the event, and told the audience about some of the flagship projects the BID will deliver under the theme “Live, Work, Explore”.
He highlighted a free recycling scheme, procurement services, additional street cleaning and the funding of a new online crime reporting system, “Facewatch”, as examples of what the BID had already achieved before its official launch.
Also speaking at the event, Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith told the audience it was vital the town had “a strong lobbying body” in order to compete with neighbouring retail centres such as Kingston and Twickenham.
“As local MP I fully support the BID,” he said.
“I have already seen at first hand the power of this collective. Only this week we have discussed additional security initiatives with the Met Police, measures that businesses said that they wanted when the BID balloted in 2016.
“I will work with the BID to lobby hard on the issues such as policing and transport to ensure that needs of business within Richmond are addressed.” Be Richmond director Austin Casey said: “The launch event was a tremendous success and we were delighted at how many people came to hear more about Be Richmond.
“There was such a diverse range of businesses represented, it really reflected the unique mix of leisure, retail and professional services on offer in Richmond.”
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Erick Kervaon, Chairman of Richmond BID
Zac Goldsmith, MP
Guests at launch event