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The Better Bankside highlights of 2014

It’s been a great year for Bankside, we take a look at some of our favourite achievements of the past year.

Better Bankside Extension and Renewal Ballot – A huge thanks for the overwhelming support we received from the businesses in Bankside. We received a majority of 88% in the ballot that sees the Better Bankside area expand and ensures we will be working with you for the next five years.

Together at Christmas – Businesses across Bankside hosted collection boxes and hundreds of people that live and work in our neighbourhood helped donate presents to the homeless and vulnerably housed in Southwark. Together we collected 2,500 presents, our biggest campaign ever.

Matisse Private View - Over 170 Better Bankside members joined us for an evening of networking and fine art. We hosted a private reception for our members in Tate Modern's landmark exhibition of Henri Matisse's 'Cut Outs'.

Colourful Crossings - Southwark Street, in the heart of Bankside, is set for a creative transformation, thanks to a £50,000 award that we secured in 2014 from Transport for London, one of ten projects funded through their Future Streets Incubator initiative. The project will see key pedestrians crossings given an artistic twist.   

Cycling in Bankside – Over 2014, 225 people had their bikes serviced in our Dr Bike sessions. To date we have had 440 people participate in ‘Lorries for Savvy Cyclists’ events. Also, on 30 September we had more female cyclists than male cyclists for the first time.

EmploySE1 – The free employment service from Better Bankside and partners had a great year. We saw our 150th person secure employment through the support of our registered agencies and also enrolled its 250th employer onto the service.

MERGE Festival – The annual arts festival received more external funding than ever before and generate record media coverage. MERGE was featured in over 180 publications around the world.

Bankside Buzz card – We redesigned the Bankside Buzz webpage to be more user friendly.Over the year we issued thousands of the newly redesigned cards, which means we have now issued more than 17,000 Buzz cards. We also secured a number of brilliant new offers for Banksiders.

Pancake Day Charity Race – We had more Bankside businesses take part, and raised more money, than ever before. 25 teams competed and helped make the annual event a great success. The Pancake Day race received international press coverage and Man Vs Food star Adam Richman even entered a team.

Bastille Festival – The celebration of the French National Day was a huge hit. Axelle Lemaire French Minister of State for Digital Affairs gave a speech to the crowds in Borough Market.

Bankside Getting Greener - 2014 saw Better Bankside continue to increase green cover in the area through planting projects at Redcross Way, Great Suffolk Street, Sumner Buildings and Southwark Street. These projects contribute to Better Bankside’s long term targets to increase green infrastructure in the neighbourhood through Bankside Urban Forest.  


Created Jan 6 2015