Bishopsgate (A10) TfL Consultation

Transport for London have today launched a six-month consultation on experimental changes they have made to the A10 Bishopsgate. They have also written to a number of other stakeholders, and to people and businesses within a 250 metre radius of the extents of the changes we have made.

You will need to register your email address before you can submit a response through the website. If you agree, TfL will send you updates about the changes periodically. If you would prefer not to submit a response online you can send your thoughts in writing:

haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/bishopsgate

TfL are asking:

  • What effects you think the experimental scheme is having on specific matters such as cycling, walking, traffic flow and the environment
  • What effect you think the experimental scheme is having in overall terms, and whether you think it should remain in place permanently or with changes, or be removed at the end of the experiment
  • Whether we should make any changes to the experimental scheme, and if so what they should be
  • Any other matters about the experiment you would like them to be aware of

New Covid-19 Relief Scheme for City SMEs

The City of London Corporation has agreed to launch a new grant scheme to support Square Mile businesses that have been hit by restrictions introduced in response to the Covid-19 Omicron variant.

The City Corporation scheme of up to £10 million will be targeted at businesses that primarily operate in the City of London in the retail, hospitality, leisure and medical sectors.

An estimated 1,100 businesses are expected to qualify for support. Only businesses that were in occupation on 1st April 2021 and have been in occupation continuously since this date will be eligible to apply for a grant. The City Corporation will be contacting most businesses that qualify directly and inviting them to apply for this support through an online application process. Other businesses will also be able to apply via the City Corporation website.

The City of London Corporation has agreed to launch a new grant scheme to support Square Mile businesses that have been hit by restrictions introduced in response to the Covid-19 Omicron variant.

https://news.cityoflondon.gov.uk/city-corporation-to-launch-new-covid-19-recovery-grant-scheme-for-square-mile-smes/

Northern Line through Bank to close until May

From January 15, the Bank branch of the Northern Line will be closed between Kennington and Moorgate for 17 weeks, meaning that there will be no Northern Line services to or from Elephant & Castle, Borough, London Bridge and Bank stations.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/northern-line-closure-tfl-tube-bank-branch-stations-b975059.html

Voter Registration – Register now to make sure your voice is heard !

The canvass to register worker voters in the City takes place between 30 August and 16 December every year.

Businesses and other organisations that are entitled to nominate voters were sent registration forms at the end of August. The forms were sent to a named individual who is responsible for nominating the voters for their organisation. If we have a business email contact, we will also have sent it via email. 

Online response

To respond online please use the Unique Reference Number and Passcode provided on the email and paper form sent to your business and enter them using the following link: Submit your online registration

Eastern Cluster BID proposals launched

The new Business Improvement District (BID) proposals, now named the ‘EC Partnership’ is being formally launched in November. The new BID would include Old Broad Street, Threadneedle Street, Bishopsgate, Gracechurch Street and Cornhill (The Royal Exchange and adjacent streets sit in the already operational Cheapside BID). These will be joined with the whole of the ‘Eastern Cluster’ area of tall buildings, Leadenhall Market, Monument and as far as Fenchurch Street station.

The intention would be for businesses, landlords and the City of London Corporation to work together to enhance the public realm within the area to include streets and walkways enhancements, work to improve air quality and organise events to improve the experience of workers, visitors and residents. Importantly the partnership would provide the area with a combined voice when discussing important matters with the local authority and other public sector bodies.

Voter Registration Open

The City is unique – businesses and other organisations can register voters for local elections. The period for registering voters runs from September to 16 December each year and the Ward Lists (the lists of voters for City Ward elections) are updated annually.

The canvass to register worker voters in the City takes place between 30 August and 16 December every year.

Businesses and other organisations that are entitled to nominate voters were sent registration forms at the end of August. The forms were sent to a named individual who is responsible for nominating the voters for their organisation. If we have a business email contact, we will also have sent it via email. 

Online response

To respond online please use the Unique Reference Number and Passcode provided on the email and paper form sent to your business and enter them using the following link: Submit your online registration

New businesses

If you are a new business that has recently moved into the City and would like to register to vote on the Ward List please email the City Occupiers Database Team using the link below :Email the City Occupiers Database Team

City of London Recovery Grant Fund Open

Business Recovery Grant Fund

The City Court of Common Council has agreed to create a grant fund for City SME Businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The scheme is designed to support businesses which contribute to the City’s vibrancy at street level and directly provide services to returning City workers, visitors, and residents. The necessary infrastructure for a successful City has been affected by enforced closure or low footfall and this scheme will seek to support those businesses that can evidence, through the grant application process, a likelihood that with support they have a reasonable chance to survive beyond the short term.

The scheme is entirely discretionary, and the City is permitted to use its own local knowledge based on economic need to determine qualification criteria.

https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/services/business-rates/business-rates-in-the-city/city-of-london-recovery-grant-fund