Business regeneration and growth

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Our aim is to ‘keep, seed and grow’ businesses in the borough – with a targeted approach to specific sectors – to ensure Waltham Forest’s economy thrives and the borough’s overall productivity increases.

In 2015, Waltham Forest had the highest percentage growth in the number of businesses out of all the London boroughs (16.5 per cent).

To build on this, we will enhance our business offer and expand our business support service. We will also support sector growth in the creative, construction and urban services sectors.

Read our full Economic Growth Strategy 2016-20 (pdf 902KB)

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Our key actions for realising this strategy are:

  1. Launch the Waltham Forest Business Offer. This includes enhanced business support, better communications, ideas events and signposting to business services.
  2. Promote and invest in the growth sectors of creative industries, construction and urban services.
  3. Set up a forum for the borough’s top 20 companies to work on key issues facing business and explore how companies will promote growth.
  4. Set up the Waltham Forest Workspace Initiative with council sponsorship providing land and resources . The initiative will work with workspace providers to increase workspace provision in the borough.
  5. Promote the Blackhorse Lane Creative Partnership that supports the creative industries by providing business space, training and workspace brokerage.
  6. Promote the Walthamstow Hoe Street Corridor for creative, digital and high tech businesses.
  7. Open the Chestnuts Creative Enterprise Centre as a hub for business, training and community activities.
  8. Develop the Town Hall campus as a civic hub.
  9. Protect and enhance businesses in the Lea Bridge/Leyton area.
  10. Protect land for employment use through clear planning polices and master plans and encourage investment, re-purposing and regeneration of business space.
  11. Launch a campaign to support the smallest businesses in the borough, often located on the edge of the town centres and other local retail areas, to capture the opportunities of growth and modernisation.
  12. Work with businesses on their corporate responsibilities to their local communities including community activities and social investment.

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