The Blue Bermondsey BID has been shortlisted for the Natwest Skills And Opportunities Fund to help build better communities for everyone. The fund supports projects that enable people in disadvantaged communities to develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to build their financial capability skills or to start or develop a new business now or in the future.
Our project aims
We are Blue Bermondsey Business Improvement District. Through community-led regeneration, we aim to turn an area with one of the country’s highest concentrations of payday lenders, pawn shops and betting shops into a thriving area recognised and celebrated as Bermondsey’s historic town centre. We’re focused on re-establishing a flourishing marketplace and are launching a number of exciting new events and pop up shops.
We’re requesting funding for Blue Bermondsey Open For Business: Business Advisor & Business Incubator. As part of this programme, we’ll work with new local entrepreneurs to set up businesses at the Blue Bermondsey by providing them with business advice, training and free and cheap business incubator trading spaces on our market stalls and in our pop up shop. We’ll also encourage local young people to try out market trading through our youth markets to raise their career aspirations and support existing local businesses with business advice, training and in-depth business reviews.
We plan to use the funding to enable local people to increase their business skills and launch or grow their own businesses. We hope this programme will allow us to support 60 new entrepreneurs, 45 existing local companies and 500 young people.
Voting for round 2 2018 is now open until noon Friday 9 November
How to vote
- Visit Natwest Website by clicking the link below for the shortlisted projects for Round 2 2018 where the public vote is now open
- Select London region on the map to take a look at the shortlisted projects in your area
- Click the vote button next to The Blue Bermondsey