Council shows loyalty to Crouch End traders
PUBLISHED: 10:44 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:49 07 September 2010
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Robyn Rosen TRADERS in Crouch End will be getting a £10,000 boost from the council as part of its new action plan to support small business through the recession. But a new 10-point rescue package, critics are claiming, is still not enough. The decision c
TRADERS in Crouch End will be getting a £10,000 boost from the council as part of its new action plan to support small business through the recession.
But a new 10-point rescue package, critics are claiming, is still not enough.
The decision comes after a survey conducted by Broadway showed that 88 per cent of traders in Muswell Hill and Crouch End feel that the council is not supportive of small businesses.
On Monday, Haringey Council announced it would be giving the Crouch End Project a grant, which will be put towards launching a new website and discount card scheme.
Clare Richmond, co-ordinator of the Crouch End project, which aims to promote local shopping, said: "This money will help raise the profile of the project and what is has to offer residents and the wider community.
"We're really pleased that the council has recognised the work we do and are starting to back it, which is what they should do.
"We hope we can get more because Crouch End needs all the help it can get."
The Credit Crisis Action Plan, which kicks off in March, includes initiatives such as meeting with bank managers to discuss how they can help small businesses, providing extra advice and information to small businesses and increasing apprenticeships.
Cllr Kaushika Amin, Haringey's enterprise boss, said: "Like all other councils, our powers to help businesses are fairly limited. We clearly have no powers over market forces or how people choose to spend their money.
"However, we know many businesses and families are really feeling the impact of the economic situation. We are committed to use everything at our disposal to support local companies, small businesses and traders through these difficult economic times.
"Our new Credit Crisis Action Plan sets out a range of ways in which we will extend the help on offer to local businesses. We want to maintain Haringey's reputation as an excellent place to do business with a vibrant local economy.
"We are also committed to doing all we can to support Crouch End traders as well as others throughout the borough through the economic downturn."
But leader of the opposition Cllr Robert Gorrie said: "There is no evidence that any of the actions in this so called plan will help any of the real Haringey residents or businesses.
"These bland words are not enough to help our local businesses threatened with closure and will not reassure our residents weathering the biggest economic downturn in 70 years.
"What is needed is firm action like our suggestion that the council should look towards freezing council tax this coming year in order to provide real support for the local economy.