Mayor brings together local entrepreneurs for charity networking

Published Monday, 1 December 2014

Local businesses were in attendance last week at special business reception in aid of the Bromley Mayor’s charities.

The special networking event, which took place in the Mayor’s Suite of the Civic Centre, in the beautiful surroundings of the historic Bishop’s Palace, hosted more than 50 Bromley businesses in aid of good causes.  Businesses heard about some of the Council’s development plans around the borough and had the chance to hear from other local businesses.  All proceeds went to the Mayor’s charities; the Bromley Community Fund and Connect.  

“Bromley is home to a fantastic range of businesses and I was delighted to welcome them and hear more about their trade, all in aid of a good cause, particularly as Christmas is approaching.  Our towns are looking very festive with Christmas decorations and lights switch ons so why not see what they have to offer for your Christmas shopping.  This is an exciting time for Bromley town centre as the Bromley North project is almost complete, paving the way for other improvement in the town. Much is also happening elsewhere in the borough and we’re looking forward to an exciting future” said Councillor Julian Benington, Mayor of Bromley.  

Development projects include the landmark £90 million cinema-led scheme at St Mark’s Square, which also includes restaurants, a new hotel, public space and car park. Plans for a boutique 4* Hotel and new restaurants are also underway at the Grade II listed Old Town Hall and Intu (the Glades) shopping centre are also planning significant improvements and expansion in addition to welcoming many new retailers. Upcoming developments around the borough include a mixed use scheme in Orpington which will include a hotel, 7 screen cinema and retail, with plans for £3.2 million public realm improvements in Beckenham town centre.  

The Bromley Community Fund is a charitable venture set up to support the Borough now and long into the future - responding over time to the changing needs and hardships faced by local people.  Monies raised have assisted in playgrounds being built, older people being befriended, young people being taken on expeditions and have helped the homeless, the isolated and people with a disability. Connect is a south east London based charity which supports people with Aphasia - a communication disability which is usually caused by a stroke, but which can also be caused by brain haemorrhage, head injury or tumours.  Aphasia affects everyone differently; some people can't speak at all; some can only say a few words; others have difficulty with reading, writing and numbers. It can affect all ages from teenagers to the elderly, with a number of residents in Bromley using the services.  


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