Let’s Talk High Streets

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Kingston’s high streets and town centres are at the heart of community, cultural and business life but are facing unprecedented changes amplified by COVID-19: from environmental challenges to the impact of online shopping together with consumer, workforce and visitor behavioural changes, high streets are undergoing a rapid change.


We believe that with the right ideas and energy, high streets can evolve and adapt, to serve their communities in a host of ways. Our High Street Recovery Fund Awards were devised in response to community feedback this Spring, with over 110 people providing ideas and comments.


Thank you to everyone who has shared ideas about how together we can support high streets recovery across the borough. We received over 40 applications and we are delighted to be able to award grant funding to over ten high street projects.


The High Street Recovery Fund will:

  • Help high streets to recover from the impacts of the pandemic and its restrictions on business activity

  • Encourage businesses to work closer together to support longer-term resilience of district and local shopping areas

  • Engage local people in their high streets, generating a sense of community that also helps support local businesses.


More details will be shared here in the next couple of weeks. Please continue to share ideas and comments on high streets on Let's Talk Shop, to help inform future initiatives and plans.


Animating New Malden High Street

New Malden local businesses and communities have come together, working with New Malden Rotary Club, to deliver a package of town centre animation that can include colourful banners and lights illuminating high street trees. This autumn New Malden town centre will celebrate its Korean community across a weekend event, delivered by Korean British Cultural Exchange, highlighting Korean food, heritage and culture, supporting food businesses in New Malden and local producers.


The pandemic highlighted the need for businesses to work closer together, and working with the Rotary Club, New Malden will see the establishment of a new business forum and online hub directly responding to this need.



Chessington North business parade

A programme of business engagement, support and town centre events delivered by Community Brain will bring local business together and animate local shopping parades.


Animating Kingston Town Centre

Kingston Town Centre’s independent quarter, Old London Road, will come alive across the coming months with outdoor events bringing together food and culture, celebrating local independent businesses. The town centre will thrive with creative activity this autumn with Creative Youth’s cultural trail, bringing together international culture, cuisine and connecting local businesses and local creatives. Local trade will be promoted and supported through new innovations by Kingston Pound, encouraging town centre visitors to shop local.


Tolworth animation programme

A programme of business engagement, support and town centre events delivered by Community Brain will bring local business together and animate local shopping parade


Surbiton Food Festival

Surbiton Food Festival will shine a spotlight on local food and drink businesses in the centre of town, directly supporting local business and providing opportunity for increased trade.

Kingston’s high streets and town centres are at the heart of community, cultural and business life but are facing unprecedented changes amplified by COVID-19: from environmental challenges to the impact of online shopping together with consumer, workforce and visitor behavioural changes, high streets are undergoing a rapid change.


We believe that with the right ideas and energy, high streets can evolve and adapt, to serve their communities in a host of ways. Our High Street Recovery Fund Awards were devised in response to community feedback this Spring, with over 110 people providing ideas and comments.


Thank you to everyone who has shared ideas about how together we can support high streets recovery across the borough. We received over 40 applications and we are delighted to be able to award grant funding to over ten high street projects.


The High Street Recovery Fund will:

  • Help high streets to recover from the impacts of the pandemic and its restrictions on business activity

  • Encourage businesses to work closer together to support longer-term resilience of district and local shopping areas

  • Engage local people in their high streets, generating a sense of community that also helps support local businesses.


More details will be shared here in the next couple of weeks. Please continue to share ideas and comments on high streets on Let's Talk Shop, to help inform future initiatives and plans.


Animating New Malden High Street

New Malden local businesses and communities have come together, working with New Malden Rotary Club, to deliver a package of town centre animation that can include colourful banners and lights illuminating high street trees. This autumn New Malden town centre will celebrate its Korean community across a weekend event, delivered by Korean British Cultural Exchange, highlighting Korean food, heritage and culture, supporting food businesses in New Malden and local producers.


The pandemic highlighted the need for businesses to work closer together, and working with the Rotary Club, New Malden will see the establishment of a new business forum and online hub directly responding to this need.



Chessington North business parade

A programme of business engagement, support and town centre events delivered by Community Brain will bring local business together and animate local shopping parades.


Animating Kingston Town Centre

Kingston Town Centre’s independent quarter, Old London Road, will come alive across the coming months with outdoor events bringing together food and culture, celebrating local independent businesses. The town centre will thrive with creative activity this autumn with Creative Youth’s cultural trail, bringing together international culture, cuisine and connecting local businesses and local creatives. Local trade will be promoted and supported through new innovations by Kingston Pound, encouraging town centre visitors to shop local.


Tolworth animation programme

A programme of business engagement, support and town centre events delivered by Community Brain will bring local business together and animate local shopping parade


Surbiton Food Festival

Surbiton Food Festival will shine a spotlight on local food and drink businesses in the centre of town, directly supporting local business and providing opportunity for increased trade.

Page last updated: 23 August 2021, 14:55