New businesses choose Croydon to create 60 new jobs
More than 60 jobs are being created after four businesses confirmed they are moving to the town centre.
The businesses are also signing up to Croydon Council’s rate relief scheme which enables businesses to get a discount on business rates.
Just Falafel, a new vegetarian restaurant in Croydon; Gelatos, a family-run dessert parlour in Centrale; Chickiedee Homeware, based in the Whitgift Centre and Sweet Patisserie in George Street, have all opened up in Croydon.
Eligible businesses moving into central Croydon with a rateable value of £12,500 or more can save thousands on their business rates for up to two years.
Cabinet member for communities and economic development, Councillor Vidhi Mohan, said: “We launched this scheme to create jobs, fill empty shop space and invest in the local economy.
“It is fantastic that retailers and traders are choosing Croydon as a place to do business and are reaping the excellent benefits of this scheme.”
Marcin Niezgoda, director of Sweet Patisserie, said: “Thanks to this scheme we can expand our business and increase employment levels.
“Cost is a concern in any business decision, especially if the present facilities don't serve the needs of the expanding business.
“Substantial discounts on business rates have lowered our company cost and improved cash flow."
He added: “The main reason why we have decided to move to Croydon was the desire to reach new market.
“The town has become an important centre for shopping and has a diverse economy with service and retail sectors.”
To find out more about the scheme visit croydon.gov.uk/business/businessrates/businessratescheme/ or call 020 8760 5503.
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