Economics & Business


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 »



Croydon Council Planning Committee approves Westfield in unanimous vote

Posted on November 17th, by The Croydon Citizen in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

On Tuesday night, the Planning Committee approved a revised plan for the town’s Westfield shopping centre

The Croydon Council Planning Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday night to approve a Westfield shopping centre and surrounding buildings for development in Fairfield.

The new complex, which developers are aiming to open in 2022, will include shops, leisure facilities, and restaurants, among other new locations that supporters … Read More »



One year on: An interview with Boxpark CEO Roger Wade

Posted on November 3rd, by Lauren Furey in Economics & Business. 8 comments

Twelve months into Boxpark Croydon’s tenure, the man behind the boxes talks to Lauren Furey about the ups, the downs and the surprises

If you can believe it, Boxpark Croydon is about to celebrate its first birthday. It’s been twelve whole months since Boxpark’s huge launch weekend with Eskimo Dance and NME. On the one hand, it seems crazy to think that Boxpark has already been here a year but, on … Read More »



Why is there a campaign to save Matthews Yard?

Posted on October 18th, by Saif Bonar in Economics & Business. 5 comments

He hadn’t planned to launch this campaign, but then Matthews Yard founder Saif Bonar realised that the situation was not what it seemed

Earlier this year we found out that an offer to buy the building that Matthews Yard and the Croydon Conference Centre are based in had been accepted and that there were plans afoot to demolish it and bring forward a development of luxury apartments. … Read More »



Have you thought about leaving Croydon?

Posted on October 2nd, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 5 comments

With the option to ‘cash out’ growing more and more tempting, do we need a little more fidelity to our borough?

“Have you thought about leaving Croydon?” 

It’s a line of inquiry that’s anathema to me – but for a few Croydonians it’s something that is becoming more than just an idle thought experiment.

The reason for this?

Not the rising tide of litter, … Read More »



Do small businesses hurt more than they help?

Posted on August 16th, by Sean Creighton in Economics & Business. No Comments

In his continuing multi part series, Sean Creighton explores the state of SMEs in Croydon and whether they help or hurt the community

This is the third part of a series by Sean Creighton. The first and second parts are available now.

A serious weakness in the Small Business Commission’s interim report is the absence of discussion on the ethics and legality of some SMEs, and whether SMEs … Read More »



Is the council doing enough for small businesses?

Posted on August 9th, by Sean Creighton in Economics & Business. No Comments

In a multi part series, Sean Creighton explores the state of SMEs in Croydon and whether they help or hurt the community

This is the second part of a series by Sean Creighton. The first part is available now.

In 2014, the Croydon TUC Working Party drew the attention of the Local Government Association to the issue of greater role for councils in enhancing the digital infrastructure and capabilities of … Read More »



What kind of small businesses should we be nurturing?

Posted on August 4th, by Sean Creighton in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

In a multi part series, Sean Creighton explores the state of SMEs in Croydon and whether they help or hurt the community

The interim report of the Croydon Small Business Commission submitted to the cabinet in June opens up the debate on the future of the role of small and medium size businesses (SMEs) in the local economy. It raises some important issues and makes a series … Read More »