Supporting a safe return to the ‘theatre and drama’ of shopping live and on your doorstep

Published Friday, 19 March 2021

Bromley Council is working with local businesses to support the reopening of the high streets and welcome residents to shop once again in familiar and safe surroundings, rediscovering the’ theatre and drama’ of shopping live.

Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Member for Renewal, Recreation and Housing said: “We know how excited residents will be to be able to ‘shop live’ and we want to make sure, with a programme of support and help, that our local businesses are ready and waiting to welcome them back safely into our high streets.

“Our Reopening Bromley Safely Initiative reinforces a message to take care, stay safe and follow the guidance, as the keys to getting Bromley back on its feet again.”

The council, with the support of the borough’s Business Improvement Districts, is giving its full support to all the businesses in the borough’s 19 high streets, following a challenging period. The initiative is designed to help businesses reopen with safety measures in place to make sure people can come back to the high streets in full confidence.

The initiative will focus on a ‘business safety check’, inviting businesses to commit to reopening safely, once they are allowed to do so, supported by a wide range of advice, guidance and in store signage as well as work to make sure the high streets are looking their very best for the grand reopening. More information will be on the council’s website shortly.

Councillor Morgan added: “Bromley Council is keen to ensure that our high streets prosper after a year of uncertainty. The Reopening Bromley Safely initiative will also offer support to businesses to help adapt to the post-Covid business realities with guidance on digital trends and important areas such as sustainability.”


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Businesses will be able to get access to a wide range of innovative support and resources to reopen safely when they are allowed to do so, including:

  • An instant video messaging service for businesses to ask any question and get support.
  • Bookable video drop-in clinics offering business advice
  • A wide range of resources, including useful tips and ideas on reopening safely.
  • A ‘Reopening Bromley Safely’ campaign toolkit.
  • Digital resource packs, including an array of signage and other materials.

· Nick Hall is the founder of the Digital Tourism Think Tank, the company working in partnership with the council to deliver this ambitious initiative. He said: “Having seen the impact of Covid-19 devastate the global visitor economy, the single resounding strength in every corner of the world has been the coming together of local communities during this unprecedented period. Bringing meaning to the term ‘build back better’, residents are invited to support their local high streets to rebuild stronger than ever for a resilient, sustainable and thriving post-pandemic local economy.”

For media enquiries, please contact Susie Clark, Communications Executive, on 020 8461 7911 or email susie.clark@bromley.gov.uk


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or all enquiries related to the programme, resources or pledge, please contact Romy Cywie, Operations Director, on 020 7193 1003 or e-mail romy@thinkdigital.travel.