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The Croydon Tech City ‘Timeline of Success’: From 20 people in a room to London’s fastest-growing tech cluster

Posted on June 21st, by Jonny Rose in Croydon: Tech City. No Comments

Croydon Tech City founder Jonny Rose recounts four action-packed years in the Silicon Valley of South London

In June 2016, Croydon stands as London’s “fastest-growing tech ecosystem”, and is now home to over a thousand early-stage and scale-up digital, technical and creative companies.

Croydon has also just opened TMRW, a “world-leading” 21,000 sq ft tech hub in Davies House that was made possible when Croydon … Read More »



What part should social enterprise play in running Croydon?

Posted on March 9th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

Sean Creighton sets out to learn some lessons in management from history

At the end of March last year the Octavo Partnership was started as a mutual partnership between Croydon council and the Headteachers Association to deliver the former in-house education support services to schools. This is one social enterprise solution to the future delivery of council services in a period of continuing cuts.

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News in brief December 2015 / January 2016

Posted on January 21st, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 2 comments

The big Croydon news stories from the end of 2015 and the start of 2016, summarised for your convenience

TfL plans to widen Fiveways Bridge to increase car capacity

The History & Social Action Blog reported that Transport for London has, after a consultation with Croydon Council and with the public, decided on ‘proposal 2′. This will ‘widen the existing bridge carrying … Read More »



Alphabetism is dominating Croydon

Posted on September 17th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Robert Ward takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the patterns that might, in a Dan Brown novel, dictate Croydon’s destiny

I have for some time felt left out by not having a handy scapegoat for my failures (they can’t possibly be my fault, can they?). It was whilst looking through the ballot paper for the Labour leadership (not mine, I was rejected as a supporter by … Read More »



Watching out for Croydon’s interests in parliamentary legislation

Posted on August 17th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Westminster’s not so remote – its decisions matter very close to home, says Sean Creighton

Reform to the riot damages legislation is one of several bills in the current parliamentary session with particular relevance to us Croydonians. Therefore we and our organisations may wish to take a view and lobby our MPs, the bill committees and members of the House of Lords.

Bills of … Read More »



What difference would the red Tories make to Croydon?

Posted on August 6th, by Peter Latham in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Labour is failing to address structural inequalities, and would have clobbered Croydon just as hard as the Tories, argues Peter Latham

The recent Tory budget, as Croydon North Labour MP and Shadow Minister for Local Government Steve Reed correctly notes, is a disaster for thousands of Croydon families because:

Cuts in tax credits will clobber low-paid working parents who could be up to £1,000 worse off, according to … Read More »



Croydon politicians should write more, not less

Posted on August 5th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Jonny Rose responds to calls to silence Tony Newman

The disgruntled outpouring in the comment sections of Councillor Tony Newman’s most recent article made for reading almost as interesting as the piece that spawned it.

Whilst the piece was a little overindulgent in its Tory-bashing – and rightfully called out as such – I took issue with some commenters’ requests that there should … Read More »



#Datablog: How the general election was won and lost in Croydon

Posted on July 9th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. No Comments

Robert Ward dives deep into the data of Election 2015 and, with a little help from calculated assumptions, paints a picture of how the borough made its mind up

The recent general election reminds us that just because there’s a consensus doesn’t mean that the consensus is right. Most predictions were for a hung parliament. The polls fooled pretty much everybody, including me.

The … Read More »



The Public Gallery: The aftermath

Posted on May 14th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 7 comments

Continuing his appalling record with predictions, Tom Black gives the lowdown on Election 2015 as the dust finally settles

Well, that was a surprise, wasn’t it?

Tonight at 10:00pm will be exactly one week since the BBC published that exit poll. One week since David Cameron spat out his coffee and Ed Miliband opened up LinkedIn on his phone. One week since Gavin … Read More »



Election 2015: Croydon’s new MPs

Posted on May 8th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 2 comments

As David Cameron wins a shock majority and proves all the pollsters wrong, Croydon’s three constituencies have also selected their representatives

In Croydon North, Labour’s Steve Reed comfortably held the seat.

In Croydon South, newcomer Chris Philp was selected to succeed Conservative Sir Richard Ottaway, and has easily won the election.

In Croydon Central, after a fraught count and recount, Gavin … Read More »