We have invested in a range of business support programmes to help business growth in Harrow.
The High Street Fund is centrally funded programme which is intended to identify areas of improvements to support local district centres. It offers an opportunity to refresh the area, creating a vibrant, safer and more pleasant environment for all. We’ve been working with Ward Councillors, and the local community to drive forward this change.
It is worth noting that the High Street Fund Programme has very clear guidelines on what it can be used for. It can be used for new and improved crossings, road safety improvements, outdoor seating areas and planting spaces, street furniture, artistic features, and lighting features. It cannot be used on shop fronts, general tidying up or litter collection.
The High Streets
The High Street Fund Programme has identified four high streets across Harrow that would benefit from the funding. You can read more about the individual schemes and see the latest updates by clicking on the link for each area:
Not all high streets are the same, but they can experience similar problems. Therefore, we are working closely with our architects to develop designs, that not only help to improve the high street area, but also reflect the individuality of each district centre.
Initiatives such as the High Street Fund, help make places more appealing to businesses looking to invest in an area. Improvements can lead to increased footfall on the high streets which helps to stimulate the local economy which are all vitally important as businesses recover from the impact of the pandemic.
The fund along with other support packages available for local businesses, enhances the opportunities for the high street and surrounding areas. We have distributed £62 million in government grants to more than 900 local businesses; provided businesses with free 1:1 business advice, training, and health checks, and invested in a Business Skills Accelerator programme, helping 250 local microbusinesses trade online. Find out more on our Business Advice and Support pages.
Your views are very important to us
We are really interested to hear your views on the High Street Fund proposals and therefore, consultation and engagement with local residents, business and communities is being carried out in each of the high street areas.
All feedback is shared with the High Street Fund Programme Board, to ensure that all views are included. You can read more about the process so far.
We’d like to work with local residents including young people, community groups and businesses. If you would like to be involved in activities or to leave your feedback on the High Street Fund, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org