West Norwood & Tulse Hill Business Improvement District (BID) Pilot Project Update
Lambeth Council is supporting the West Norwood & Tulse Hill Business Improvement District (BID) Steering Group for the delivery of agreed projects which promote the idea of a BID to local businesses. The Twist on Station Rise is one such pilot project.
The Twist on Station Rise market has seen around 55 traders attend so far. The November and December markets initially positioned in three locations within the vicinity of Tulse Hill Station. The majority of traders were situated in the alleyway while several food stalls were located in suspended parking bays on Station Rise in order to benefit from the passing commuters. The third location was ‘The Hub’ (Formerly James Wilson Coffeshop). The January market brought with it exciting opportunities for the stall holders as the “Meet the Buyer” event was launched, giving willing traders and other small business owners from the borough an opportunity to present a one-minute pitch to potential buyers from the local area. This was a great success with a large amount of pitches delivered and feedback delivered from the buyers. January also saw the reshuffling of Twist with the food outlets moving into the Alleyway creating a more compact market experience for all visitors.
Business has been further boosted by visits from students of Elm Green Secondary School which gave the traders a chance to test trade at a quieter time before the peak period from 5pm onwards. Throughout the events volunteers also distributed leaflets to raise awareness of Twist to local residents and commuters.
Locals said they loved the authenticity of the merchandise available, while some even commented that the market should be weekly not monthly as this would give people a better chance of attending and enjoying the positive effect on the community.
The next Twist market dates are the; 25th Feb, 31st March, 28th April and 26th May (hours 3pm – 8pm) if you wish to check it out.
If you’d like more information please see;
Twitter feed: @twistrise
Facebook Page: TWIST Station Rise