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COVID-19 business support, advice and funding

#LoveCroydonShopLocal: Resources hub

#LoveCroydonShopLocal: Resources hub

Local shops were a lifeline for many during lockdown – from offering deliveries to people shielding at home, to finding new ways to serve their community in the most challenging of times.

Our #LoveCroydonShopLocal campaign celebrates Croydon’s businesses and high streets. The resilience and creativity seen recently, as well as everything that’s been done to keep staff, customers and the community safe has been inspirational. Read some examples in the Your Croydon summer edition.

Through this campaign, we are encouraging residents to support their local businesses and high streets by shopping local as much as they can. 

Discover your high street gems

As part of Love Croydon Shop Local, we’ve joined up with local company Loqiva to bring the best of your local area straight to your phone. 

Loqiva, the company behind PalaceApp, a Digital Town Hub which has been developed with local businesses and residents in Crystal Palace, are piloting the app in two other areas of the borough; South Norwood and Purley.

Due to be rolled out over the summer, residents will be able to download the free iPhone or Android app to see the latest local news, find local businesses and get alerts for local events and offers.

Businesses and community organisations can create online accounts to connect and communicate with app users, promote their business, offers and events. 

The pilot is part of the South London Partnership InnOvaTe Project which was awarded £4 million for a South London multi-purpose ‘Internet of Things’ platform project to help people live better, healthier lives and to generate economic growth. 

The first of the pilot to launch is the Love South Norwood app which can be downloaded from the App Store (iPhone/iOS) or Google Play (Android).

Details of the In Purley app will be available on this page shortly.

More information and support 

Visit our business support webpages for useful information, advice and support for businesses.

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Read previous editions of our Business newsletter – recent editions

Covid-19 Business update 06 November
Covid-19 business update - 04 November
Covid-19 business update - 26 October 
Covid-19 business update - 16 October
£1.4m in council’s Covid-19 business grants still available – 15 August
Last chance to apply for council grant - don't miss out – 5 August
Covid-19 update for Croydon businesses – 31 July
Covid-19 update for Croydon businesses – 23 July

Get in touch!

We’re always keen to hear ideas for what additional information and support would be useful – please email them through to  

And if you’d like your business to be part of our #LoveCroydonShopLocal campaign, get in touch