Thursday, December 20, 2007

Purchase your Christmas DVD at Barkingside Home Hardware for only £3. The money raised will help the Business Partnership in the future.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Rating News

The Government has recently announced the provisional multipliers in England for 2008/09 as follows:

Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier 0.462

Small Business Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier 0.458

Full details are available from the CLG website by clicking here or call our Property Helpline.

Retail Scene

BRC Sales Monitor reported very subdued sales in November with like-for-like increases of only 1.2% compared with November 2006 and 1.8% uplift in sales for the 3 months to November when compared with the previous year. Discussions with members indicate that Christmas trading to date has been generally disappointing and the ‘rush’ is still awaited. It is reported that large retailers are to ask the Government to extend opening by four hours on the last Sunday prior to Christmas, in an attempt to overcome the current poor trading situation. There is concern that most people will be travelling or concentrating on food shopping on Christmas Eve.


ASOS, the on-line fashion retailer has reported phenomenal sales in recent weeks and this reflects the continuing boom in internet sales generally, where sales are anticipated to reach £15bn for the Xmas quarter, up 60% on 2006. John Lewis was also bucking the trend reporting a 7% uplift in sales for the third week in November to £71m.


On the downside Moss Bros issued a profit warning after losing £800k in the first half of the year, it reported total sales falling 3.7% in the last 18 weeks. Sofa specialist ScS also reported like for like sales down 16% in a recent trading update.


Tesco has launched the first 15 stores of its new Fresh & Easy concept on the US west coast to great acclaim and plans to increase the number to 200 by February 2009.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The debate has begun

Barkingside does not need the pedestrion crossing moved 15 yards outside Somerfields, it does not need the boundary for craven car park moved to give a bigger pavement outside the carpark when it was moved 5 years ago what is this all about.? we as a Partnership have been trying to improve the High Street and when you have schemes that do not improve parking in the Street but seem to annoy our potential customers with the rents increasing due to unlicense premises paying over the top rents which effect the whole high street and the Council allowing them to trade. Come on people wake up, our local councillors seem more content in arguing amongst themselves than supporting the high street and unless we make our achievments so far into a legacy for barkingside we will be defeated by red tape and personal goals.

So why this debate is going on lets not forget our local councillors who have been elected by our local community, in all our aims i have not heard one of them speak up for Barkingside they seem more interested in what is happening in there own backsides.

Barkingside can be a example to other high Street we have the profile and we are not going away .

So work with us or get blown away

Monday, December 17, 2007

High Street's Role

For 70% a local high street is a vital part of a healthy society. It provides a mix of local identity, social cohesion plus a practical local resource.

Shopping Space

Despite the expansion of out of town alternatives, 60% think the high street should be somewhere they can do the bulk of their shopping. Half see it in equally practical terms as somewhere to go for specific things or as an ad hoc shopping place.

Meeting Place

Practicalities aside, the social role of the high street is still very important for large groups of people right across the economic and social divide. Almost two thirds (63%) feel a high street should be a place to meet people. Over half (54%) say it should be a place where the elderly can socialise or where the young can shop and meet friends safely (56%)

The function of a high street becomes even more important among the young themselves, with two thirds (66%) of younger adults studied seeing the high street’s role as a safe shopping and meeting place for the younger people.

Practicalities aside, the social role of the high street is still very important for large groups of people right across the economic and social divide

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Barkingside High Street Goes Back to the Future

In conjunction with the Continental Market Barkingside Business Partnership are taking the residents and community back in time on 15th December out side barkingside library from 12 noon until 4pm
Proffessor Emmott Brown will be in Barkingside High Street with his time travelling Delorean from the Back to the future films.
He will be entertaining the children and showing off his patented Flux Capacitor in all its glory.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Coffee Mornings with Barkingside 21

in the Hainault Room,

Fullwell Cross Library

10:00am – 12:00noon

Thursday 17th January 2008

Guest speaker: Jenny Douse

Health Improvement, Redbridge PCT

Thursday 21st February 2008

Guest speaker: Chris Chandler

And the Fullwell Safer Neighbourhood Team

Thursday 27th March 2008

Guest speaker: Morris Hickey & Others

Barkingside Regeneration

Keep up with local affairs by attending Area Committee Meetings

Keep up with local affairs by attending

Area Committee Meetings

Area 3:

[Fairlop, Fullwell & Hainault wards]

Wednesday 23rd January 2008

start 7:15pm

venue: to be confirmed


Area 4:

[Aldborough, Barkingside & Clayhall wards]

Thursday 31st January 2008

start 7:15pm

at Oaks Park School, Newbury Park

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Relocation of Continental Market

Due to problems with the paved area outside the swimming pool the Christmas market is to be relocated to Fairlop car park in Craven Gardens. We are still good for the 13th to the 16th of December. We hope to see you all there are hope that you will all continue to support Barkingside.

This is the first continental market to come to our high street and with your support we hope to see more.