Tottenham’s regeneration seed starts to flourish

26 February 2014

How is regeneration funding helping Londoners affected by the 2011 riots?

The London Assembly Regeneration Committee will tomorrow visit Tottenham’s 639 Enterprise Centre and hear how the Mayor’s Regeneration Fund (MRF)[1] has been used to convert a riot damaged building into a space that is now empowering local people to boost economic development in the community.

The Committee will look at planned regeneration efforts and examine what lasting impact it will have on residents and the local economy – which was ravaged during the 2011 Tottenham riots. Local councillors and business owners will outline the progress of several regeneration projects, funded by the MRF.

Local business charity London Youth Support Trust (LYST) runs the MRF funded 639 Enterprise Centre [2] and offers the space and support for young entrepreneurs to start a business.[3] The programme has already helped launch several successful businesses in Tottenham.

Committee Members will hear how regeneration funding invested in 639 has given local people the opportunity to start their own enterprise and give back to their community. Founder of Fashion Works Doreen Adusei, launched her creative consultancy at 639 with the support of LYST. Fashion Works now helps local designers, like Eco Luxe and All Thingz Nice kick-start their careers with an ambition to build a fashion hub in Tottenham.

The Committee will also visit key regeneration sites that are funded through the MRF and additional regeneration schemes, including Tottenham Hale Station and the new stadium site for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

The visit will take place on Thursday, 27 February from 1.45pm. Media are invited to attend.

You are invited to 639 High Road from 1.45pm tomorrow afternoon to join the Committee Members on the site visit. The route is,

1.45 Arrive at 639 High Rd

2.00 Welcome from Rob Whitmore, Chief Executive, LYST

2.10 Presentation from Malcolm Smith, Director of Regeneration LB Haringey

2.30 Presentation from Doreen Adusei, CEO Fashion Works

2.45 Tenants at 639 discuss their businesses

2.55 Brief tour of the building – Rob Whitmore and Nicolette Nichols

3.15 Minibus to White Hart Lane

3.25 Walk through White Hart Lane and Love Lane to hear about Tottenham Hotspur stadium plans and Northumberland Development Project

4.10 Minibus to Tottenham Hale station

4.25 Visit Tottenham Hale station to hear about station, gyratory, and residential development

4.50 Finish

Notes to editors

1. The Mayor's Regeneration Fund (MRF) aims to support sustainable economic growth in those areas worst affected by the 2011 civil disturbances. Boroughs bid to receive some of the £70 million allocated to the fund. London Boroughs of Haringey and Croydon received the highest proportion of the funding, £28 million and £23 million respectively.

2. 639 is an Enterprise Centre run by local charity the London Youth Support Trust (LYST) to help Tottenham locals get started in business, gain employment skills or volunteer within the community. In 2011 part of the building was burnt during the Tottenham riots. Following the civil disturbances the Greater London Authority purchased the building and through the MRF renovated the building to become an enterprise centre for Tottenham.

3. The London Youth Support Trust (LYST) is a charity that provides young people with the space and support they need to get started in business. With a three year programme of affordable space and business mentoring, LYST has helped hundreds of young people across London overcome the business barriers to start their own enterprise. LYST currently has enterprise centres housing early start-ups in Hackney, Deptford and Southwark, and two centres in Tottenham.

4. Gareth Bacon AM, Chair of the Regeneration Committee, is available for interview. See contact details below.

5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For more details, please contact Alice Andrewartha in the Assembly Media Office on 020 7983 4603. For out-of-hours media enquiries please call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit, Greater London Authority, on 020 7983 4100.

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