Economics & Business


Young Enterprise is changing in Croydon – get involved!

Posted on June 1st, by Nigel Davey in Economics & Business. No Comments

Why working with young people on their business ideas is so rewarding

In case you’re not aware of what Young Enterprise is, it’s a charity enabling young people to learn by setting up and running their own business. Normally the participants are in year 11 (the lower sixth, for those of us who are a certain age), but it can include year 10 students as well.

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There’s space for micro-apartments in Croydon’s housing market

Posted on May 31st, by Martin Skinner in Economics & Business. 2 comments

Can smaller apartments be acceptable living spaces? A local developer explains why he thinks that they can work for couples and singles

I recently read an article in the Croydon Citizen titled ’Do Croydon’s children and young people have enough space at home?‘, which suggests that small homes should be rejected because of the impact that they have on family life. I disagree, and I’ll explain why.

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How Boxpark can become a permanent fixture in Croydon

Posted on May 17th, by Daniel Deefholts in Economics & Business. 5 comments

Questions over empty units distract from an opportunity to make Boxpark work

Improving four key areas at Boxpark could guarantee future support from the re-elected Croydon Council administration – and open new possibilities for the space to become permanent on Ruskin Square.

Last October, local community and media platforms celebrated the first anniversary of Boxpark Croydon. In 2016, both Croydon Council and the Greater London Authority … Read More »



Can Surrey Street survive the help of the council?

Posted on March 16th, by Michael Swadling in Economics & Business. 3 comments

The market is in trouble, and the free market can save it

Ronald Reagan famously said that “the nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help’”. Maybe you can, but I don’t recall a situation when I’ve thought “if only the council could get involved, things would be so much better”. I also can’t think of a … Read More »



We’ve got coffee shops, work spaces, and galleries galore, here’s what Croydon needs next

Posted on February 23rd, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 3 comments

Here are some of the more interesting establishments that we should be seeking to bring to the area

Six years ago, Croydon was in a state of economic and cultural stasis. In 2018, that has all changed.

Croydon now stands as London’s coolest borough. It is the ‘Street art capital of London’, and the UK’s fastest growing tech cluster. Croydon is now a place where anyone … Read More »



How Croydon businesses can get LinkedIn in 2018

Posted on February 12th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

It’s no longer a ‘nice to have’

The last time I wrote about LinkedIn it centred on the topic of death – today I want to talk about LinkedIn from a less morbid perspective: how Croydon’s professionals, entrepreneurs and freelancers can use it to find leads, nurture prospects and win more deals.

What is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional social network – home … Read More »



Why do Croydonians still commute to work?

Posted on February 6th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 9 comments

Cast off the chains of commuting and work from London’s most exciting borough

Every year, 22 million people enter and exit the East Croydon station (that’s over 70,000 daily) and this number is set to grow as more and more people make the welcome decision to move to London’s most exciting borough. As the trend continues, perhaps it’s time for Croydonians to consider alternatives: namely, work … Read More »



How will business take advantage of Croydon’s changes?

Posted on January 15th, by Nigel Davey in Economics & Business. No Comments

The town is in a period of transformation, so its businesses will need to react

Looking out of the iconic 50p building next to East Croydon, I can see the skyline changing quickly.

The renovation of Fairfield Halls is to my left, with Boxpark and Ruskin Square in front of me and the Tower on Saffron Square to my right, a lot has changed in the … Read More »



Jobs in Croydon: past, present and future

Posted on January 11th, by Robert Ward in Economics & Business. 2 comments

How has Croydon fared with different types of work since 1971?

GLA Economics has recently produced an experimental data series, available on the London Datastore, of London jobs on a borough and sector basis from 1971 to 2015. This period chronicles the seismic shift from a manufacturing-based economy to a service-based economy across the capital. It’s an opportunity to see how Croydon has been faring in that … Read More »



Five Croydonians making money online – and how they do it

Posted on January 9th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

Coders don’t get to have all the fun – many of our techy borough’s residents have reaped lucrative rewards by starting innovative online businesses

The birth of the internet has revolutionised how people buy and sell. More importantly, it has introduced new revenue models, created virtual marketplaces, and enabled individuals to have the same scale, reach and supply chains as major brands.

Dropshipping, affiliate marketing, Kindle … Read More »