The economics and business of Croydon

By - Friday 20th June, 2014

The Citizen’s new Economics and Business Editor Tom Lickley wants your thoughts on money in Croydon: from local business to property investment, from economics to #Croydon #TechCity

The green light for Croydon’s regeneration is about to be lit.
Photo by David Howard, used under Creative Commons licence.

Croydon’s economy. Back offices for top insurers. Headquarters for confectionary giants, or electrical heavyweights. Or a hub for future technology companies, a rival to Silicon Roundabout.

We know all about the past of Croydon’s economy, and we have a small idea of what the future will hold. The introduction of retail heavyweights Westfield and Hammerson will transform the town centre, and in business terms, Croydonians should eagerly await what may follow.

It’s a great time to be interested in the economy of Croydon. That’s not a sentence I ever thought I’d write, but it could be Croydon’s decade. We have the ingredients; investment from a global brand, a supply of office spaces, some of the best transport connections in the country and two major international airports within a 45 minute drive.

So with that in mind, the Croydon Citizen wants your thoughts. I’ve been involved with the Citizen for about 80% of its existence, and during that time we’ve published some very popular articles on politics, sport and culture.

So let me introduce myself: I’ve been writing for the Citizen since February 2013, and became an editor a couple of months later. From October to January I took on the full time role of delivering – figuratively and literally – our first and second print editions, and since then I’ve been given the slightly pompous title of ‘Economics and Business Editor.’

However, don’t think of me as an editor – I merely want to be able to facilitate debate over the economy of Croydon, and how businesses can help or hinder our town. I’ll also be taking on responsibility for Croydon Tech City, and am more than happy to seek opinions about something which could benefit hugely to Croydon’s economy – or indeed, whether there is a viable future for the movement.

So – please send your articles in!

If you would like to contribute Economics and Business articles to the Croydon Citizen, please email

From 3rd July-17th August please email as I will be away on holiday.

Tom Lickley

Tom Lickley

Contributing a variety of roles to the Citizen since early 2013, Tom now focuses upon regeneration, urbanism and real estate writing. He is a strategic communications consultant specialising in the real estate sector, and counts a number of the world's largest investment and fund management companies amongst his clients.

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