Develop Croydon

The annual Develop Croydon conference launched in 2010 to provide investors and advisors with a forum to learn about existing developments and new investment opportunities, and to exchange information about one of London's biggest regeneration programmes.

Develop Croydon grew out of the twice-yearly City3 magazine, published in partnership with Croydon Council between 2007 and 2010.

The conference helped establish the Develop Croydon Forum of developers, advisors and the council. It meets regularly to share information about development projects, plans and policies, oversees a website and monthly news e-campaign, and organises investor tours and other marketing initiatives.

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"Croydon is London's best kept secret in terms of an ideal location to do business .The public transport infrastructure is second to none with rail, tube, tram and buses all feeding into a central core area. This seminar should help to address the perception issues which stop Croydon from taking its rightful place in the target lists of big players looking to relocate."

James Routledge
Senior director
CBRE Investors

"We want this conference to spread the message to the wider community that Croydon is a great place to invest whether to a base business, live or work. It's a mere 15 minutes from the West End and the City with Gatwick airport about the same by train. Network Rail and the Council are bringing forward some £20m of improvements to East Croydon station while Stanhope and Schroders are bringing forward new plans for Ruskin Square, CCURV are building a new HQ for the Council and Berkeley Homes are progressing Saffron Square. John Lewis recently opened a new Home Store on the Purley Way and Fairfields Hall is to be refurbished."

Charles Walford
Property director
Stanhope PLC

"Part of people's negative image of Croydon is the general lack of knowledge about the positives that it offers businesses and residential development. In many cases Croydon is not even considered as a possible destination when compared with White City / Stratford / Birmingham and yet in many areas Croydon does offer businesses with a better working environment i.e. rentals, access to central London, access to good quality, residential in the surrounding area etc. There is also a general uncertainty about where the Council and even the GLA / Mayor sit with regards development potential. Part of the purpose of the OAPF, and indeed this development seminar, is to demonstrate to the private sector that things have changed."

Michael Mulhern
Senior strategic planner / urban designer
Greater London Authority

"This conference is a reminder that Croydon is a great place for business and a fantastic inward investment opportunity. A resilient and enterprising place where everyone is working together to support business and ensure that Croydon is ideally positioned to ride the next economic wave."

Jon Rouse
Chief executive
London Borough of Croydon

"Croydon is Boris Johnson's next priority — the GLA, the council and TFL are keen to create a planning framework for Central Croydon by this time next year which can be delivered. We need to decide 'what sort of new Croydon do we want?'. But it's not about just creating a vision, it's about actually becoming that new city and ensuring we make it happen."

Tony Pierce
OAPF project director
Croydon Council

"The transport aspects of Croydon's exciting growth agenda are a vital component in ensuring successful delivery for all concerned. TfL are pleased to support Develop Croydon as a valuable Forum for discussion of these issues with key players."

Richard de Cani
Director of planning strategy and policy

"Both Constructing Excellence and Develop Croydon share a vision of an improved built environment through collaboration, knowledge transfer and understanding."

John Dye
Constructing Excellence Croydon Club

"Mott MacDonald has been contributing to Croydon's development for over 30 years. With our global headquarters and 1100 staff based here, we have demonstrated our long-term commitment to the area. We wish to see continued investment in the local infrastructure and economy in order to expand Croydon's growth as a place to work, relax and live."

Stephen Coker
Divisional director
Mott MacDonald

"WT Partnership are a construction consultancy practice who have been established in Croydon for over 40 years. Although an international practice, we remain true to our roots and both welcome and actively support the Develop Croydon Initiative in ensuring Croydon remains a highly successful business and social community."

Adrian Broomfield
WT Partnership

"The biggest challenge that we face as hoteliers in Croydon is the perception of the town. Develop Croydon is doing what is needed, namely to boost Croydon's profile at all levels of society so that we can be truly proud of this great town of ours. "

Patrick Baptist
General manager
Croydon Park Hotel

"Local newspapers should always be at the heart of the local communities they serve and the business sector is a key part of this. ESSN Media is looking to establish close working relationships with local firms and business-people and so we are delighted to be part of the Develop Croydon conference, as we look to further enhance these relationships."

Glenn Ebrey
Croydon Advertiser

"Menta is delighted to have a further opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to the borough by supporting Develop Croydon. We have been pleased to work alongside the Council and its partners to bring forward the East Croydon Masterplan, and now look forward to delivering a world-class development in Cherry Orchard Road."

Craig Marks

"We are committed to delivering the landmark Saffron Square development and leading the way for market recovery in Croydon. We therefore welcome this opportunity to join key stakeholders from the public and private sectors to share ideas on how to maximise Croydon's appeal to inward investors and to kickstart its long-heralded regeration."

Harry Lewis
Land director
Berkeley Group

"By supporting the Develop Croydon Conference we believe it shows the commitment that our company has for the planned regeneration of Croydon. As an award winning business employing local staff it is essential that we support projects that we feel will make a fundamental change not only to the local community as a whole but also to the outsiders perception of Croydon. "

Eamonn Daly
ITC Concepts

"Barratt Kent is committed to the regeneration of Croydon and is delighted to support the Develop Croydon Conference. We are working with Croydon to offer private and social homes where they are most needed, as well as providing more business space and additional benefits for the wider community and environment."

Paul Dawson
Land manager
Barratt Kent

"The Develop Croydon event was very well organised and had excellent representation from key players in Croydon. Well done - we look forward to keeping the momentum going, seeing some real action on the future Croydon and hopefully more positive press coverage!"

Jill Robertson
Business development manager
ITC Concepts

"The event gave Croydon's development and business community a real lift. A view expressed to me by several delegates was: is this just another big conversation piece, followed by both silence and non activity? My view is that this event was different. Speakers such as Jon Rouse gave an honest presentation and clearly as an authority we cannot deliver the regeneration programme on our own and we desperately need others to make Croydon their place of choice for investment. I with my colleagues will do all we can to assist both the authority and any inward investors to achieve for Croydon, its residents, communities, and our futures. On another note the pre-conference communication was first class by being both informative and clear. On the day itself, the conference team ensured that all delegates were supported and nothing was too much for them. A very positive experience."

Cllr Toni Letts OBE
Shadow Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration
London Borough of Croydon

"A big well done and thank you for a very professional and really worthwhile event. It all seemed to go very smoothly and there was certainly lots of interesting debate and talk throughout the day."

Jane Dennyson
Head of inward investment
London Borough of Croydon

"Well done for a great event."

Nikki Rogers
Publishing director
ESSN Media

"I appreciated the excellent programme and support the aim of attracting business to Croydon. I attended as a Labour councillor and I made some useful contacts and enjoyed some good conversations. I do not want to comment on individual speakers. However, be assured that the previous Labour administration and the current Labour opposition is committed to working with and supporting business in Croydon. We recognise the importance of the business opportunities in Croydon and also the availability of good residential neighbourhoods for staff and leisure and cultural facilities."

Cllr Maggie Mansell
Labour member for Norbury Ward
London Borough of Croydon

"Well done - it was an amazing number of good speakers and an influential audience. Hopefully other good things will come from it."

Brian Stapleton
Managing director
BS Consulting

"I thoroughly enjoyed the event! Thanks to you and your team for organising the conference."

Zach Wilcox
Centre for Cities

"Thanks for an excellent event at Develop Croydon. I really enjoyed it."

Juan Piñol
Associate director
Tate and Hindle Design

"Just to say a big thank you to you and the team for all the effort you all put into making the conference a real success. I really enjoyed it and learnt somethings I didn't know about Croydon!"

Charles Walford
Property director

"Congratulations to all members of your team in organising such an excellent and interesting conference."

Joe Rios
Senior technical manager
Barratt Homes Kent Division

"Very much enjoyed the Develop Croydon conference on the 18th, which is a good starting block for the future of the 3rd City. However actions speak louder than words and I know a number of us who live and work in Croydon look forward to seeing the tower cranes appearing and construction beginning."

Robert E McDonald Wood
Business development manager
Mansell Construction Services

"It was really good... I never new that so many people thought the same as I do about what Croydon has to offer and the future of the town. You put on a great event."

Malcolm John
Chef proprietor
Le Cassoulet / Fish & Grill

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