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Support for High Streets

The High Street Recovery Fund - funded projects

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Throughout our High Street Recovery Fund, we funded a variety of great projects and initiatives to help Southwark’s High Streets recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve listed them below.





Peddle My Wheels

“A new scheme called ‘OurBike’ which is the UK’s first e-cargo bike share scheme using smart technology - think Zipcars but for e-cargo bikes. The funding will help set up the project and run it for two years upon which time it becomes self-financing.”

Lordship Lane, East Dulwich

Elephant and Castle Business Forum – Urban Elephant

“Urban Elephant is a cross-cultural festival of contemporary street culture. Using creative interventions to connect the old and new high streets of East Street, Walworth Road, Sayer Street, Elephant Park, Castle Square and London Road. Animating and place making the Elephant and Walworth as vibrant high streets for the future.”

Walworth/Elephant & Castle

SE5 Forum for Camberwell

“Building on the success of delivering the Camberwell. Life love local campaign, the Camberwell Identity Group application proposes a programme that supports Camberwell Town Centre businesses, attracts residents and visitors to visit the town centre, and enables local enterprises to support COVID-19 recovery and keep our economy going.”


Tree Shepherd


“Our project seeks to create four market-style events for small black and women-owned businesses within Canada Water to drive revenue and attract people to return to the high street and town centre.”

Canada Water

Better Bankside

“Borough High Street: Inns and Yards

This project will creatively transform two historic inns and yards, improving access to Borough High Street by:

Creating a new public space on Mermaid Court, through implementing pedestrianisation and delivering greening, supporting increased footfall and dwell time. Implementing wayfinding and heritage interpretation within White Hart Yard & Mermaid Court.”      



Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST)

“A free one-day community street festival featuring live performances, street games, sports and arts workshops and community, business and food stalls. It will reunite local residents, contribute to and strengthen local resilience and recovery by championing our local area and encouraging renewed and lasting engagement with communal spaces, local facilities, businesses and organisations.”


Peckham Platform Ltd.

“Waum Fi Dem is a creative project designed to re-connect Peckham’s community to its public realm and revitalise our high streets post-Covid.

In Summer 2022, a festival centred on Peckham Square will collaborate with communities to celebrate Peckham’s unique identity, engage communities in creativity, and safely drive footfall to our area.”


University of the Arts London

“A business support project, aimed at improving digital marketing among businesses in Southwark, by providing access to innovative techniques designed to promote consumer reach and increase customer conversion, through the mediums of sustainable thinking, knowledge exchange and intergenerational relationship building in the E&C community among businesses, residents, students and employees.”

Walworth/Elephant & Castle

Rice Marketing

“Work with a network of 40 food convenience retailers in High Streets in the most deprived areas of the borough to recover and grow their sales by improving the store offer, range and environment to better meet the needs of the local community and to ensure a diverse and healthier food offer.”

Camberwell Green/South Bermondsey/Peckham and Nunhead/Faraday/Old Kent Road

Deft.Space and London South Bank University


“Our project combines cultural experience with support to become more sustainable for small businesses along Rye Lane. It will celebrate Rye Lane’s unique identity, its entrepreneurship and history through the stories of its communities, whilst also looking to its future through research and support provided by London South Bank University.”


The Blue Bermondsey





“Blue Bermondsey - New Town Centre Business Hub - Building on the success of our HSC 7 project, we unearthed a pool of talented local entrepreneurs who are desperate for an affordable workspace to grow their business and sell and promote their products and services. We want to offer these spaces in a railway arch and offer support to trade on the Blue Market.”



Brandon 1 Tenants & Residents Association

“We want to improve the Maddock Way shopping parade on the landmark post-war Brandon Estate - develop a weekend farmers market, install plants & street furniture & public art, improve existing retail, increase footfall, and make the parade more functional for residents, by re-engineering the use of space.”

Brandon Estate (Walworth)

Page last updated: 20 February 2024

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