Surbiton Highstreet to get £10,000 cash injection
By adam_leone | Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 13:54
Surbiton Highstreet is get a £10,000 cash injection after being picked be part of a national multi-million pound scheme.
Surbiton has been awarded Town Team partner status, designed to help attract more investment and boost local growth, business and jobs.
The community will be able to pick advice from retail experts to help boost the local economy aswell.
Housing Minister Mark Prisk announced Surbiton's success today after Kingston MP Ed Davey backed the bid supported by local businesses, the community and Kingston Council.
Plans include a pioneering Community card for Surbiton - the first of its kind in the borough - which could be used as a loyalty and discount card in local shops, businesses and services, as well as in schools and to help raise money for charities and community events.
The pilot Community Card would encourage people to use local shops and services and help to ensure that money in the local economy stays there and supports the neighbourhood.
Councillor Liz Green, Deputy Leader of Royal Kingston Borough Council and local ward councillor, said: "Those of us who regularly use Surbiton town centre know how good it is, only 20 minutes from London with lots of bespoke and different shops and eateries."
"We thank Ed Davey MP for helping us to secure this status, and the hard work of businesses, councillors and the local community has paid off – it's a real team effort."
"Being a Town Team partner lets us put our plans for improvement into action and start to shape the future."
Andy Bacon, Chair of Surbiton Business Community, said: "We all know that Surbiton is already a brilliant place to live, work and play but unfortunately it's a very well-kept secret! This funding will help us initiate a sustainable program that will permit local businesses to work together for tangible benefit to each other and our local community."