Mayor calls on London’s innovators to support city’s recovery

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is today calling on the capital’s innovators to help drive forward the city’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

His £1 million Resilience Fund will support innovative businesses in tech and other sectors to respond to some of the key recovery challenges facing the capital – and it is now open to applications.

Sadiq has today also revealed the partners which will work closely with his team to help applicants develop their ideas: Better Bankside and Kings College London; Ealing Council, Groundwork London, Lambeth Council, Hackney Wick and Fish Island Creative Enterprise Zone, Thrive LDN, Hackney Council, the Royal Docks Team, and the Living Wage Foundation.

Each partner – along with the Greater London Authority – is in charge of one of 10 challenges

Ealing’s Challenge:

Create a data service that will aggregate multiple data sources related to vacant properties on high streets to enable the utilisation and occupation of empty spaces.

Town Centres and high streets across the London Borough of Ealing.

Who are the end users?
Local businesses, boroughs, business improvement districts, traders associations and organisations with an interest in activating vacant units on high streets.

What impact are they seeking?

Reduced vacancy rates contribute to high street vitality, addressing the wider impacts of vacant units including reduced footfall, reduced local pride, poor social cohesion and discouragement of further investment.

Increased levels of business incubation and meanwhile-use activity, creating opportunities for micro, small and medium enterprises, including start-ups, entrepreneurs and local enterprises to innovate and experiment.

Increased diversity of uses on high streets to ensure that Ealing’s high streets adapt and diversify to fill a broader role, maximizing opportunities to secure social and community value, whilst ensuring that town centres are protected.

For more information on the Activating High Streets Challenge click here