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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 »



Groundhog Day for Westfield

Posted on November 22nd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 6 comments

The Westfield shopping centre is definitely definite. Again. Facebook’s response was poetic

Westfield has cleared its final hurdle and is absolutely definitely going to be built!

Last Tuesday’s decision was met with a collective Croydonian eye-roll that almost lifted the roof off the Whitgift Centre. Is it Groundhog Day? Are we meant to get excited every time that this is announced?

Our cynicism might have more to do with … Read More »



The future of high street shopping is safe, especially in Croydon

Posted on April 24th, by Tom Lickley in Economics & Business. 2 comments

Technological advances are rapidly changing the way that we shop, and Croydon will be at the cutting edge

Back in late 2012, when the union of Westfield and Hammerson was first announced and the Croydon Partnership (CP) subsequently established to take forward the redevelopment of both the Whitgift Centre and Centrale in the heart of Croydon, the key stakeholders in the town’s current regeneration had yet to … Read More »



What the Lifetime ISA means for Croydon

Posted on April 21st, by Frank Mukahanana in Economics & Business. No Comments

Changes to savings mean that the pounds really can start looking after themselves, writes Frank Mukahanana: it’s up to us to spend them locally

What’s the big story in the 2016 Budget for Croydon?

Although national media has been full of the sensational, controversial aspects of the budget, let me tell you about an aspect of it that is hugely important for Croydon. Why? … Read More »



Office conversions need to stop

Posted on August 12th, by James Naylor in Economics & Business. 12 comments

The extension of Permitted Development Rights (PDR) to offices has transformed Croydon at a speed not seen since the ’60s. But now – as then – it’s getting out of control

In the 2012/2013 financial year, Central Croydon was sporting office vacancy rates worse than central Detroit. A quite astounding 52% of available space was empty; literally millions of square feet of unused space, including thirty-five entirely vacant buildings.

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Making good choices – how to get better at making decisions

Posted on January 29th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. No Comments

Taking the idea of a ‘think piece’ to a whole new level, Robert Ward considers the act of consideration itself

Our life is defined by the choices we make. Stay on at school or get a job? Holiday in Spain or Cornwall? Ask that girl on a date or not?

As for people, so too for Croydon. Choices are made, mostly through our elected … Read More »