Published Wednesday, 19th May 2021
Councillor Jayne McCoy's column for Sutton Business Scene, Wednesday 19 May 2021.
I am sure that many hospitality venues in Sutton will be relieved to be able to welcome customers back into their premises and all businesses are looking forward to the easing of restrictions on trading.
However, not everything will be exactly the same as it was before the start of the pandemic, and there are still additional burdens on business to safeguard from transmission of the virus. Some staff, and customers, may be wary of returning to a busy working environment, and many trades will struggle to get back on top of the losses they have incurred as a result of lockdown.
That is why the Council is keen to offer financial support including the Restart Grant, to help you through this transition stage. Do check the information in our newsletter for grants and support you may be able to access.
The businesses that thrive are those that are willing and open to adapt to change. Now is a good time to consider how the thinking around where we work has changed and how that may present new opportunities for your business.
The Council is also working to ensure that Sutton town centre adapts to the changing face of the high street. Through its successful bids for external funding, it is directly investing in the high street. This work will provide a more diverse offer in the town centre, attracting a broader range of footfall, and encouraging people to spend more time in the area both for work and recreation.
You will have noticed a significant amount of new development already and this will mean more people living in and around the town centre, providing both more demand for shopping and leisure, as well as an increased potential employment pool.
Sutton was recently rated the area with the sixth strongest economy in the UK which is a fantastic vote of confidence in our future. The Council is keen to work with you to help make that happen.