Towns and villages with their traders' organisations
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The borough is defined by its neighbourhood and town centres, each of which has its own distinct village character. Richmond is the largest business centre and there are four large district centres at Twickenham, Teddington, Whitton and East Sheen. These are the most accessible and will continue to be the location for larger shops, offices and leisure uses. Smaller retail and business centres across the borough offer a varied mix of business opportunities and local atmosphere.
The areas with most potential for significant development in the borough are mainly around Twickenham, including the Royal Mail sorting office, rail station and around Richmond College. In Mortlake, the brewery site has been subject to major consultation on development options. Other sites identified in the Local Development Framework include the area around Harlequins rugby stadium and neighbouring council depot. The major opportunity in Richmond town centre would be over the track at Richmond station.
Several areas have town centre managers or business and traders associations that help to maintain a busy and attractive high street. The following sections introduce these areas and their business and traders’ associations.
- East Sheen
- East Twickenham
- Hampton Hill
- Hampton Village
- Hampton Wick
- St Margarets
Barnes has a unique ‘urban village’ feel to it and yet it has good transport connections into and out of London. Barnes has a fascinating mix of unusual gift, clothes and food shops interspersed with award winning cafes and restaurants, river walks and pubs and a village duck pond.
Barnes Community Association
Barnes has a Town Centre Manager whose role is to ensure that Barnes has a varied and attractive range of shops to draw locals and visitors to the area. The Town Centre Manager works as part of the Barnes Community Association, a local charity run by its members for the benefit of all who live in Barnes.
Emma Robinson, Barnes Town Centre Manager:
Telephone: 07801 575431
East Sheen is a leafy suburb of London, also known as ‘Sheen’, and the gateway to Richmond upon Thames. Upper Richmond Road West is the thriving high street which has many popular, diverse and award winning independent and mainstream boutiques and shops, local pubs, restaurants, cafés and delis. Sheen has a family friendly feel with excellent local schools and amenities, making it a very desirable area to live in.
East Sheen Traders Organisation
East Sheen Traders Association (ESBRA) works closely with the community dealing with local issues such as parking and funding new and exciting projects, breathing life into Sheen living for all.
We currently have over 130 members including retailers, businesses, estate agents and home workers.
East Twickenham Traders Association (ETTA)
The East Twickenham Traders Association was set up in June 2010 to promote and convey a village atmosphere within East Twickenham. Currently the ETTA is made up of 45 members and growing. Projects have included funding Christmas trees along Richmond Road, with the aid of the council, and signing up to display hanging baskets in conjunction with the Richmond in Bloom festival.
Ham is a quiet residential area, straddling Richmond upon Thames and Kingston border. It boasts a semi-rural, open environment, and the small parade of shops along the main road covers just about all the needs of the local community. They have a butcher, baker, greengrocer, bank, hairdressers, barbers, hardware store, wine shop, gift shops, restaurants, newsagents, café, petrol station, estate agents, betting shop, gourmet foods, dry cleaners, grocery store, children?s entertainment, charity shop, stationers, opticians, pharmacy, ballet store, dog grooming, florist, launderette and a pub.
Ham Parade Traders Association
The association was re-established in 2011 and has run several successful initiatives, including Christmas celebrations.
Wendy Butler - Chair
Hampton Hill is a pretty and traditional high street bordered by Bushy Park. It has many independent specialist retailers, which reflects the prosperous demographic of this low crime village: luxury kitchen and bathroom stores, beauty salons, boutique furniture and upmarket gift shop, trendy hairdressers, traditional and gastro pubs plus a children's cafe and gym. The thriving cafe culture, local greengrocers, traditional bakeries, post office, two pharmacies and 3 small supermarkets provide all the essentials and more for suburban village life. With a playhouse, a new public library, new shops opening regularly and ethical butchers, Hampton Hill is a great place to relax, shop and do business.
Ian McIntosh, Town Centre Manager, works for the Hampton Hill Traders’ Association and is co-funded by the council. Please contact him for more information.
Telephone: 020 8973 3918 (answerphone)
Hampton Hill Traders Association
Ian McIntosh, the Town Centre Manager, works for the Hampton Hill Traders’ Association and is co-funded by the council. Please contact him for more information.
Telephone: 020 8973 3918 (answerphone)
Hampton Village Traders Association
Hampton Village Association was created to promote a positive and cooperative approach to supporting the high street. The Association engages local residents as well as businesses to do this. Examples are events over Christmas and co-ordination of flags for the Royal Wedding. The Association’s website design incorporates a bridge to symbolize the bringing of two sides of Hampton Village together, with the aim of making the Village high street a place both shoppers and businesses want to come to. The membership count is 50 and still growing.
- Michael Badgery - Chairman
- Caroline Badgery – Secretary
The riverside village of Hampton Wick offers a wide variety of quality local shops and services. These include a range of pubs, restaurants and take-aways and specialist retailers including a running shop, cycle store and a guitar shop. The area is well served with hotel accommodation and a variety of other professional and medical services.
If you run a business or offer a community service in Hampton Wick you can benefit from being included on the village’s business website. Alternatively, if you would like to support local businesses by using their services please check the Hampton Wick Directory online for more details.
Richmond is a beautiful historic town and its excellent transport links make it an attractive location for a wide range of businesses.It is the gateway to many of the borough's tourist attractions, including Richmond Park, and its intriguing alleyways, unique shops and excellent leisure and cultural activities attract thousands of visitors.
Richmond Business and Retail Association
The Richmond Business and Retail Association was formed in 2007 from a group of business owners and retail traders to give businesses a united and stronger voice and create a closer liaison and dialogue with Councillors and the Council.
The primary aims of the Association are:
- to help businesses and retailers
- to work together with residents to promote Richmond as a vibrant, attractive and prosperous town
- to make the council aware of issues that need to be addressed
- to keep Richmond a special and successful place to work and live
St Margaret’s is dominated by independently owned businesses that are built on traditional of values of service, quality and innovation.
St Margarets Traders Association
The St Margarets Traders Association represents around 100 local businesses and it aims to promote and protect a unique and vibrant shopping area.
The association actively promotes St Margarets through its website and offers marketing opportunities via the ‘My St Margarets’ magazine. It also and sponsors many local school and club events and organises the area’s festive decoration and seasonal floral displays.
The St Margarets Traders Association uses its ‘Heart logo’ as a means of promoting a local shopping initiative –‘shop with the heart’.
Teddington is a vibrant ‘leafy’ suburban area on the north bank of the River Thames. It is served by an almost continuous road of shops running from the river to Bushy Park. The area has good transport links, is close to Heathrow and is served by South West Trains into Waterloo. It benefits from its proximity to Bushy Park and Teddington Lock, as well as the presence of St Mary’s University College and nearby business parks.
The Teddington Society
The Teddington Society was founded in 1973 with the aim of making Teddington a better place to live and work. Corporate membership consists of some 40 businesses from minor to major, including home workers such as Teddnet. A business liaison officer looks after their particular needs. In addition, the society liaises closely with around 200 businesses in the Teddington Business Community to finance the annual Christmas Lights festivities, organise a Traders Christmas dinner and a summer barbecue. There are also specialist groups that deal with transport and parking issues, planning and conservation issues and environmental issues such as recycling, rubbish and graffiti removal. The society’s aim is to give Teddington a united voice in anything and everything to help business flourish.
Teddington Business Community
The Teddington Business Community (TBC) is a thriving group of 130 businesses who promote a united business community and encourage positive relationships between members.Members include retail, commercial and home businesses, all of whom give an annual subscription payment and voluntary timefor the benefit of Teddington.The TBC is a not-for-profit organisation.There are 6 elected steering committee members who facilitate the TBC, and a Town Centre Liaison Officer to facilitate communication between the TBC and other Teddington stakeholders.
(network of independent workers)
Teddnet is a non-commercial, non-profit making website where you can find known and trusted independent workers and businesses local to Teddington (TW11) and its surrounding areas.
Twickenham, based on the river opposite Eel Pie Island, is the largest of the borough’s four district centres. Twickenham’s strengths lie in its attractiveness to families and its excellent transport links for London commuters. Trains from here serve Reading and London, and there is easy access by road to the M3 and M4 and to Heathrow Airport.
The town centre serves residents and workers with a wide range of independent and high street shops and is the second largest shopping area in the borough. Key retail areas include King Street, London Road, York Street and the paved Church Street, which is home to a range of independent shops. Some of the borough’s main development opportunities are also located in Twickenham, including the Post Office depot site and the train station.
Twickenham Town Centre Management Board
The Twickenham Town Centre Management Board is in place to boost the vitality and vibrancy of the Town Centre for both traders and residents alike.
Twickenham Town Business Association (TTBA)
The purpose of TTBA is to enhance the viability and success of Twickenham Town's business organisations, building on Twickenham's existing assets including transport links, history and heritage areas, the River Thames, public facilities, cultural and sports events and its status as home to international Rugby.
Con O’Brien – Town Co-ordinator
Bruce Lyons – Chairman
Telephone: 020 8744 0474
c/o Crusader Travel
57 - 58 Church Street
Church Street Association
The association is a collection of traders in Church Street, Twickenham. The membership count is approximately 40 – 45; members range from retail shops, boutiques, hair dressers, restaurants & pubs to business services such as estate agents to PR, the theatre and the church.
The association’s main purpose is to promote Church Street as a sought after destination in the Borough for businesses, residents and visitors It represents business and traders’ concerns and has good links with the council. The street is closed to traffic for events throughout the year and for the popular alfresco dining during the summer season.
Bruce Lyons (Chairman)
The Church Street Association
c/o Crusader Travel
57 – 58 Church Street
Telephone: 020 8744 0474
Whitton is a genuine, thriving local community and there is a strong level of support for the businesses in the high street. Whitton Town Centre is a traditional high street with a healthy mix of quality independent shops and cafes/restaurants and some quality multiples providing a friendly welcome and personal service.
Whitton Business Association
The Whitton Business Association (WBA) was set up 25 years ago and its remit was and still is to assist and promote Whitton businesses in the High Street (120 units) and the surrounding shopping parades. The WBA employs a Town Centre Manager to support and encourage both new and existing businesses alike, and to promote Whitton to attract more of the right type of businesses to the area.
As with many High streets over the past few years, there has been a problem of units becoming vacant, however the WBA is pleased to report that new businesses are gradually moving into these and more are on the way.
The WBA is very active in the community, organising and funding many local events which attract people into our High Street, including the highly successful Annual St. Georges Day Parade and Fun day, which was enjoyed by about 4,000 people of all ages this year.
To find out more about Whitton and business opportunities please contact the Town Centre Manager:
Whitton Business Association
c/o Kneller Furnishings
34-36 Whitton High Street
Telephone: 075 999 10111
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