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Newsletter
NEWSLETTER

   Promoting Business in Ilford Lane

Newsletter Winter 2016

Opening Remarks

We are sorry that it has been some time since we last issued a News Letter but we would like to welcome all new businesses to the area. For those of you who are new to Ilford Lane we have been an Association for a number of years representing the local business community being involved with Redbridge Council and the Police.
We have a large membership and a website for our members with a free listing and if you would like to join please complete and return the details overleaf. You are of course welcome to telephone and discuss any issues with us.

Festive Lights

As you are no doubt aware the festive lights have now been taken down by the council following the agreement for these to remain in place for three years.
We will be in negotiation with the council over the coming months for new lights to be put up in time for the festive periods of Eid, Diwali, Christmas and the New Year and we are hoping that the council will pay for these but we may have to make a contribution.
We all understand how important these festive lights are for our various celebration days not only for attracting shoppers to Ilford Lane but also as a welcoming sign of how vibrant and friendly is our community.


Street Cleansing

As we all know it is important that Ilford Lane presents itself as a clean and welcoming area for our shoppers and it is, therefore, in all our interest to promote a clean and tidy image of our own businesses.
There has been considerable improvement in the amount of litter and dumped rubbish since bringing this to your attention last year. But we all need to continue to be vigilant and responsible.


Prostitution

There continues to be a problem with prostitution in South Ilford with the focus on Ilford Lane. We have, however, been advised that the situation with these girls is changing in that there are fewer girls on the street but there has been increase in brothels opening in the area. The police have said that this creates a bigger problem for them as previously they could target the girls on the street but they now have to prove where these brothels are before they can take action.
At this point we would like to commend the work done by Sophia Burley and her team particularly on their ‘Light in the Night Walks’ where they are speaking to the girls promoting their safety.
We will continue to keep pressure on the police and council to stamp out this serious problem that affects both our businesses and residents.


Cross Rail

As you all know Ilford Station is being improved in preparation for the opening of Cross Rail which we understand will be the middle of this year. We have been told that once the improvements have been completed customers will enjoy a cleaner and brighter station with improved facilities. Ilford Station will improve the Town shopping centre and the knock on effect of this is that it will boost the image and the convenience of shopping in Ilford Lane.


Business Rates and Small Business Rate relief

We have now been advised that the business rate letters have been sent out and these show that the non-domestic multiplier is 0.4970, reduced to 0.4840 for businesses with a smaller rateable value. Sadly we have noted that the two year Retail Relief Scheme finishes on 31 March 2016 and those businesses previously receiving this will see that their bills for 2016-17 no longer includes any discount.

Membership and Website

We are hoping that over the coming months we will be able to bring our membership list and website up to date but you can help by completing and returning the form below.


Khalid Hussain - Chairman
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South Ilford Business Association

Please complete your details below so that we can update our records and our website.

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Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Post Code . . . . . . . . . . . .

Contact Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tel No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mbl . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Description of Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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