Lewisham High Streets Survey
Independent, and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Business Head Count & Survey
The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an economic crisis which has hit many of us hard. Although we have turned a corner, its impact continues to be felt by businesses right across Lewisham, with disparities for those coming from ethnic minority backgrounds.
As one of London’s most diverse boroughs, tackling inequalities in all areas is a key priority for the Council.
In order to support the diversity of our high streets as we begin to emerge from the pandemic, we intend to undertaken an annual headcount of our local independent retailers on the high streets.
The aim is to monitor and provide a deeper understanding of the challenges business owners, particularly those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, are facing in the current climate in order to better support them and ensure they are set up to succeed.
We are the first local authority to commission an annual headcount study of this kind!
While the Council already delivers a comprehensive package of support and promotion to local businesses, the survey’s findings will enable the council to re-evaluate its offer, to shape policies and deliver more targeted support.
Download the Executive Summary for the key findings and recommendations on supporting Lewisham’s independent, high street businesses.
The full report consists of five separate studies covering the business headcount and survey, footfall rates, retail unit vacancy and consumers’ views on each of high street locations across the borough.