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Support for High Streets

Previously funded projects

Over the course of our High Street Challenge we funded a large variety of great projects and initiatives within Southwark’s High Streets. We’ve listed them below.


Funded project

Advising London

A pilot legal advice project for businesses in Southwark.

Albion Street Steering Group

Three Scandinavian themed weekend markets which will draw attention to Albion Street and its potential, further community integration, help promote social cohesion, and celebrate cultural heritage

Basic Business Initiative UK

To explore the development of a business network for Peck ham Park road

Better Bankside

Borough High Street: Inns and Yards - transforming the public realm of an historic yard off Borough High Street.  A demonstration project that will seek to make the case to attract future funding from other sources for expansion to other inn / yards

Bermondsey Community Kitchen

Developing a market identity and strategy with the local community, alongside this running a project helping young people to run food stalls in the market.

Blue Bermondsey BID

To work in partnership with Pexmas and Gourmandizing to encourage increased footfall and engagement on Southwark Park Road through the refurbishment of the John Bull Arch.

Camberwell Arts

Art installation in shop fronts as part of the Camberwell Festival 2016

Camberwell Festival

Funding for Summer 2016 Burgess Park event; encouraging local businesses and start ups to get involved with the event and drawing more footfall to the high streets and town centres surrounding Burgess Park.

Carnaval Del Pueblo Association

To deliver an entrepreneurial start up programme in vacant East Street shops and bring new traders and customers to the area through a series of ‘Plaza Latina’ Latin American markets.

Copeland Park

To research and evaluate options for an improved system of waste collection and the recycling of trade waste from businesses in Peckham Town Centre.

Creation Trust

The In-Stall Project will make use of 10 long term empty stall spaces in East Street by recruiting participants who will introduce new products, market stall uses, and activities. The project will equip them to trade on a more permanent basis beyond the life of the project.

Creation Trust

Training and equipping local residents to visit a variety of Southwark's high streets and town centres and record VLOGs on key businesses and high street activity.

Druid Street traders

To support retail growth on Druid Street through the creation of a bustling weekend market and ecommerce platform.

East Dulwich Traders

Creating a locally owned brand for East Dulwich by installing 35 lamp post banners and a map of the local area. This activity hopes to promote the North Cross Rd market extension (results of market extension consultation due in February 2017).

Fantasy High Streets

Arts and business projects in Nunhead and East Dulwich to support the transformation of the local high streets on Evelina Road, Nunhead Green and Lordship Lane through tailor-made events and activities. 


Design and installation of micro manufactured shop signage in conjunction with South London Makerspace.

Hotel Elephant

Hotel Elephant will drive footfall to the Elephant & Castle and North Walworth through the promotion of a new creative sector specific location (Spare Street) on the Low Line.


Incredible Edible Southwark

An incubator for locally run food cooperatives in Peckham which will connect local producers and consumers and offer employment support. 

Latin Elephant

This project aims to encourage participation of Latin American retailers in the regeneration programme for Elephant and Castle through expanding its activities which will include a scoping workshop, feasibility study, one day conference and short documentary.

Latin Elephant

Engagement activities to support migrant and ethnic businesses in Elephant and Castle.  Delivery of specialist workshops, surgeries, creation of databases and internal training.  At least 25 businesses to benefit from the support.

London College of Communication

‘Shop Front’ is a pop up design studio in the Elephant and Castle shopping centre, run by LCC, offering design advice and support to local traders, and providing on the spot design solutions to enhance their shop fronts and window displays and promote their businesses.

London Larder Markets

Scoping the interest and feasibility of extending Druid Street Market.

Love West Dulwich

Creating a sense of identity for the West Dulwich area that will help promote the local high street to residents.  Bringing residents and businesses together to design lamp post banners in the shopping parade areas of West Dulwich.

Old Kent Road Connection

The aim of this project is to establish a new Community Interest Company for the high street and organise a week long community event.


Developing a Peckham Traders Network, this delivers a business-led program of capacity building training and business reviews targeted at small retailers/ traders located in Peckham town centre.


Development of an enterprise hub on East Street in conjunction with Carnaval Del Pueblo Association and CoolTan Arts.


Peckham Trader's Training will improve the quality of customer service in Peckham through conducting research and delivering workshops to reduce traders infringing the law. 

Peckham Town Team/The Means

A range of public events emanating from the pop up space on 91 Peckham High Street aimed at increasing footfall.


Food and cultural festival to last for one weekend in Peckham. The festival will serve as a vehicle to bring together a significant number of retail, food service and creative businesses and organisations in the town centre to inject vitality and inspiration into our high streets.


A ‘Pop-Up’ London-wide FM radio station which will serve as an informal business improvement network for Nunhead, whilst also training local young people to make radio programmes promoting their local area and its businesses.

SE5 Forum

To work with local businesses to carry out a feasibility study into setting up a Business Improvement District for Camberwell.

Three Cs Support

Project aims to transform the current Crossways Mental Health Centre on Rye Lane into a sustainable enterprise and community resource that will attract an increased number of visitors to Rye Lane.

Time and Talents

Creating a thriving community hub in partnership with local businesses, in a large vacant retail unit located at the main entrance to Surrey Quays Shopping Centre.

Tower Bridge Road Alliance

Improvements to Tower Bridge Road for residents, businesses and visitors through the delivery of a Christmas Fayre and art project.

Walworth Society

Providing walking tours of the Walworth area aiming to educate participants about the past, present and future of the area and drawing greater footfall to the diverse high street.  Round 5 project - Walworth Festival in June 2017 – cultural and historical events over the four weekends in June.  Aiming to highlight Walworth as a shopping and leisure destination.

Walworth Town Team

Series of promotional events and activities to last until 2016 aimed at increasing footfall for local businesses.

Wormfood Music Ltd and Continental Drifts

A one day market and festival on Camberwell Green which will support local businesses by linking ticket sales to spend in high street shops and providing creative marketing support for pop-up stalls at the festival.

Page last updated: 05 August 2020

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