Towns and villages with their traders' organisations
Several local areas have town centre managers or business and traders associations that help to maintain a busy and attractive high street.
The following sections introduce these areas and their business and traders’ associations.
- East Sheen
- East Twickenham
- Hampton Hill
- Hampton Village
- Hampton Wick
- St Margarets
Barnes has a unique ‘urban village’ feel to it and yet it has good transport connections into and out of Central London. Situated on the river, with an abundance of award-winning cafes, restaurants and pubs, Barnes has an abundance of independent businesses with a fascinating mix of unusual gifts, clothes and food shops.
Barnes Community Association
Barnes has a Town Centre Manager whose role is to ensure that Barnes has a varied and attractive range of shops to draw locals and visitors to the area. The Town Centre Manager works as part of the Barnes Community Association, a local charity run by its members for the benefit of all who live in Barnes.
Emma Robinson, Barnes Town Centre Manager:
Telephone: 07801 575431
East Sheen is a leafy suburb of London, also known as ‘Sheen’, and the gateway to Richmond upon Thames. Upper Richmond Road West is the thriving high street which has many popular, diverse and award winning independent and mainstream boutiques and shops, local pubs, restaurants, cafés and delis. Sheen has a family friendly feel with excellent local schools and amenities, making it a very desirable area to live in.
East Sheen Traders Organisation
East Sheen Traders Association (ESBRA) works closely with the community dealing with local issues such as parking and funding new and exciting projects, breathing life into Sheen living for all.
It currently has over 130 members including retailers, businesses, estate agents and home workers.
East Twickenham Traders Association (ETTA)
The East Twickenham Traders Association was set up in June 2010 by a group of traders headed by Perminder Tamana. Its purpose was to promote and convey a village atmosphere within East Twickenham and work with the local administration for the improvement of local businesses. The Association is also an important link between the business community and residents.
Currently the ETTA is made up of 42 paid up members, but it expects other businesses to join. Since its formation ETTA has been involved in community work and enhancing the beauty of the area by installing flower baskets.
The Association has helped and worked with the community centre, the centennial committee for the Belgian Refugees commemoration, and helped to start the first Summer Fair in the area. Its biggest events are the Christmas tree lighting ceremony and Christmas trees along the High Street. Flags along Richmond Road during special events are an added attraction.
Perminder Tamana - Chair
Telephone: 020 8891 0166
Ham is a quiet residential area, straddling the Richmond upon Thames and Kingston border. It boasts a semi-rural, open environment, and a large parade of shops (33) along the main road and covers just about all the needs of the local community. They have a baker, hairdressers (3), barbers, wine shop, Indian restaurant, newsagents, café (2), petrol station, estate agents (2), betting shop, dry cleaners, grocery market store, charity shop (2), stationers, opticians, pharmacy, ballet store, florist, launderette, local supermarket, coffee shop, delicatessen, massage shop, bookshop, plumbing and central heating shop and a physiotherapist.
Ham and North Kingston Community Investors (CIC)
The CIC has the aim to carry out activities which benefits the community. In particular to support, enhance and improve retail and community facilities in the Ham and North Kingston area; provide the residents with the opportunity to invest in their own retail and community facilities and provide opportunities to participate fully in the life of their community in ways which promote community integration; address and alleviate social and economic disadvantage. It also aims to promote general charitable purposes, activities, events and projects which may be decided from time to time for the benefit of the community.
An important focus of CIC'a activities is the Ham Parade Market.
Hampton Hill is a pretty and traditional high street bordered by Bushy Park. It has many independent specialist retailers, which reflects the prosperous demographic of this low crime village: luxury kitchen and bathroom stores, beauty salons, boutique furniture and upmarket gift shop, trendy hairdressers, traditional and gastro pubs plus a children's cafe and gym.
The thriving cafe culture, local greengrocers, traditional bakeries, post office, two pharmacies and two small supermarkets provide all the essentials and more for suburban village life. With a playhouse, a new public library, new shops opening regularly and ethical butchers, Hampton Hill is a great place to relax, shop and do business.
Hampton Hill Traders Association
Please contact Georgia Ballantine for more information.
Hampton Village Traders Association
Hampton Village Association was created to promote a positive and cooperative approach to supporting the high street. The Association engages local residents as well as businesses to do this. Examples are events over Christmas, Screen on the Green, an annual open-air family film show on our Village Green, and the annual classic car show for the whole family, on the first Sunday of July.
The Association hangs different flags for lots of different occasions. Its website design incorporates a bridge to symbolise the bringing of two sides of Hampton Village together, with the aim of making the village High Street a place both shoppers and businesses want to come to. The membership count is 50 and still growing. The Association believes strongly in the village and the community.
The riverside village of Hampton Wick offers a wide variety of quality local shops and services. These include a range of pubs, restaurants and takeaways and specialist retailers including a running shop, cycle store and a guitar shop. The area is well served with hotel accommodation and a variety of other professional and medical services.
Hampton Wick Association
If you run a business or offer a community service in Hampton Wick you can benefit from being included in the Hampton Wick Directory. The directory is operated by the Hampton Wick Association which welcomes business members.
Anyone who would like to support local initiatives by using these services can check the Hampton Wick Directory for further details.
When you arrive at Kew Gardens station, you are greeted with one of the most attractive shopping areas in London. A wide range of independent shops, restaurants and cafés sit in the heart of the village, providing a wonderful selection of unusual gifts and culinary delights. Visitors love this intimate and friendly corner of West London.
Kew Traders Network
Telephone: 020 8439 9265
Richmond is a beautiful historic town and its excellent transport links make it an attractive location for a wide range of businesses. It is the gateway to many of the borough's tourist attractions, including Richmond Park, and its intriguing alleyways, unique shops and excellent leisure and cultural activities attract thousands of visitors.
Be Richmond (Business Improvement District)
The Richmond BID went live in April 2017 and immediately rebranded themselves as Be Richmond. The purpose of Be Richmond is to represent Richmond BID stakeholders and promote Richmond upon Thames as a great place to live, work and explore. They highlight the town’s strengths and focus on supporting business growth, enhancing the look and feel of the BID area, raising the profile of Richmond upon Thames and implementing key corporate and social responsibility strategies.
The Richmond BID also runs the Richmond Small Business Network which meets quarterly and is an opportunity for the smaller independents, charity organisations and many others to network and exchange information with each other and the BID.
St Margarets is dominated by independently owned businesses that are built on traditional of values of service, quality and innovation.
St Margarets Traders Association
The St Margarets Traders Association represents around 100 local businesses and it aims to promote and protect a unique and vibrant shopping area.
The association actively promotes St Margarets through its website and offers marketing opportunities via the ‘My St Margarets’ magazine. It also sponsors many local school and club events and organises the area’s festive decoration and seasonal floral displays.
The St Margarets Traders Association uses its ‘Heart logo’ as a means of promoting a local shopping initiative –‘shop with the heart’.
Teddington is a vibrant ‘leafy’ suburban area on the north bank of the River Thames. It is served by an almost continuous road of shops running from the river to Bushy Park. The area has good transport links, is close to Heathrow and is served by South West Trains into Waterloo. It benefits from its proximity to Bushy Park and Teddington Lock, as well as the presence of St Mary’s University College and nearby business parks.
The Teddington Society
The Teddington Society was founded in 1973 with the aim of making Teddington a better place to live and work. Corporate membership consists of some 40 businesses from minor to major, including home workers such as Teddnet. A business liaison officer looks after their particular needs. In addition, the society liaises closely with around 200 businesses in the Teddington Business Community to finance the annual Christmas Lights festivities, organise a Traders Christmas dinner and a summer barbecue. There are also specialist groups that deal with transport and parking issues, planning and conservation issues and environmental issues such as recycling, rubbish and graffiti removal. The Society’s aim is to give Teddington a united voice in anything and everything to help business flourish.
Teddington Together (TT)
Teddington Together is the committee that organises the Christmas 'Lights Up' event, and embraces all events, national or local. Working for the local residents and more than 200 retail and commercial businesses in Teddington, its aim is to keep Teddington a great place to work and live.
Twickenham, based on the river opposite Eel Pie Island, is the largest of the borough’s four district centres. Twickenham’s strengths lie in its attractiveness to families and its excellent transport links for London commuters. Trains from here serve Reading and London, and there is easy access by road to the M3 and M4 and to Heathrow Airport.
Discover Twickenham (Business Improvement District)
Discover Twickenham represents over 350 commercial, retail and entertainment businesses who have come together to engage our visitors and promote local shops to the community. They are working to ensure Twickenham delivers the latest news, great offers and entertainment united under the umbrella of a Business Improvement District (BID). Discover Twickenham offers support and networking to create a thriving business community. This community aims to deliver a lively and engaging mix of consumer and business chatter through our social media channels.
The BID is established subject to a ballot of eligible business rate payers. A BID renewal ballot has been held for a third term and the results were announced on 13 October 2023. The results showed:
- 55% turnout
- 56% of votes cast in favour of BID
- 70% in favour by Rateable Value
On this basis, the proposal for the renewal of the Twickenham Business Improvement District for London Borough of Richmond upon Thames is approved.
View the official declaration of result for this ballot.
Church Street Association
Church Street Association is a collection of traders in Church Street, Twickenham. The membership count is approximately 40 – 45; members range from retail shops, boutiques, hairdressers, restaurants and pubs to business services such as estate agents to PR, the theatre and the church.
The Association’s main purpose is to promote Church Street as a sought-after destination in the Borough for businesses, residents and visitors. It represents business and traders’ concerns and has good links with the Council. The street is closed to traffic for events throughout the year and for the popular alfresco dining during the summer season.
Phil Penman - Chair
Telephone: 07817 756315
Whitton is a genuine, thriving local community and there is a strong level of support for the businesses in the high street. Whitton Town Centre is a traditional high street with a healthy mix of quality independent shops and cafes/restaurants and some quality multiples providing a friendly welcome and personal service.
Whitton Business Association
The Whitton Business Association (WBA) was set up 25 years ago and its remit was and still is to assist and promote Whitton businesses in the High Street (120 units) and the surrounding shopping parades. The WBA employs a Town Centre Manager to support and encourage both new and existing businesses alike, and to promote Whitton to attract more of the right type of businesses to the area.
As with many High streets over the past few years, there has been a problem of units becoming vacant, however the WBA is pleased to report that new businesses are gradually moving into these and more are on the way.
The WBA is very active in the community, organising and funding many local events which attract people into our High Street, including the highly successful Annual St. Georges Day Parade and Fun day, which was enjoyed by about 4,000 people of all ages this year.
To find out more about Whitton and business opportunities please contact the Town Centre Manager.
If you would like any further information about any support contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8891 1411 to speak with a member of the team.
Updated: 16 October 2023