Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the capital’s newly appointed Night Czar Amy Lamé are to highlight Croydon’s vital contribution to a 24-hour London.
The pair will take to the stage at Croydon Economic Summit 2016 on Wednesday, to discuss how the borough’s evolving night time economy will support their ambitions to boost London’s cultural and night time offerings.
The theme of this year’s seminar is regeneration and economic growth in Croydon, with a particular focus on the evening and night time economy in the borough and in wider London.
As London’s growth borough, Croydon is undergoing significant redevelopment and regeneration which will culminate in thousands of new jobs and homes for local people. But the council is committed to nurturing creative enterprises and grass root events, and protecting existing businesses while building on the success of new ventures boosting the town’s night life.
The recently opened Boxpark Croydon, the creation of a new cultural quarter which includes the £30m refurbishment of Fairfield Halls and the Croydon Partnership’s £1.4bn redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre into a world class shopping and leisure facility are exciting signs of Croydon’s evening and night time scene’s diverse and cultural offerings for residents and visitors alike.
An evening out in Croydon is not just limited to clubs, pubs and bars – it’s much more, and we want to see a wider range of creative and artistic entertainment on offer across the borough including late night gallery openings, theatres, fairs and evening retail.
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council
“It’s incredibly exciting to have both Sadiq as our Mayor and London’s new Night Czar speaking at Croydon Economic Summit and their visit reaffirms Croydon’s growing reputation as the place to be.
“Now – as Croydon’s evening and night time economy is revitalised – is the perfect time for us to align with the Mayor and Czar’s wider plans for London and work to help Croydon secure its position as one of the best night-time destinations in the capital
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, added: “The centre of Croydon has benefitted from major regeneration in the last few years, it is home to a rapidly growing tech cluster and it is a major driver of London’s prosperity, not least the night-time economy.
“I am looking forward to speaking at Croydon Economic Summit and discussing how we can work together to secure the growth and continued prosperity of the area.”
The bi-annual Croydon conference will bring together delegates from the community, business, faith and voluntary sectors who are essential in shaping Croydon’s future success, when it meets at Croydon College on Wednesday 23 November.
Additional subjects to be discussed include business and employment opportunities arising from Croydon’s growth and skills and employment opportunities for residents.