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Make the most of Fridays with TfL Off-Peak Friday Fares

Make the most of Fridays with TfL Off-Peak Friday Fares

20/05/2024

Start the weekend early and save on your travel at the same time – TfL is offering cheaper travel all-day on Fridays with off-peak Friday fares until 31 May 2024. Make the most of Fridays and save money on your travel to explore our diverse range of shops, bars and restaurants! This is the perfect opportunity to soak

Welcoming Bruno to the Team!

Welcoming Bruno to the Team!

16/05/2024

We are excited to welcome Bruno, a dedicated student of Urban and Environmental Planning at LSBU, to the WeAreWaterloo team on a part-time basis after successfully completing his internship with us. From the start of his internship in February, Bruno’s passion for urban development was clear as he enthusiastically tackled his tasks. During his internship,

BeLambeth Awards

BeLambeth Awards

08/05/2024

 The BeLambeth Awards have launched! Entries are now open for the prestigious BeLambeth Awards, a celebration of Lambeth’s vibrant community.  The awards are open to all organisations and individuals living and working within the borough and aim to honour those who make exceptional contributions to the community.  Finalists will be announced on Wednesday 19 June,

Tune in for the Arrival of Waterloo Station’s Community Piano!

Tune in for the Arrival of Waterloo Station’s Community Piano!

08/05/2024

London’s Waterloo Station is buzzing with excitement as preparations are underway for the arrival of a special new addition—the Waterloo Station Community Piano! In the midst of commuters rushing to catch trains and travelers exploring the station, this piano will spark creativity and connection amid the station’s hustle and bustle. Brought to you by Morley College

Transforming Lower Marsh: Calling Local Artists!

Transforming Lower Marsh: Calling Local Artists!

07/05/2024

Are you a local artist with a passion for Waterloo? WeAreWaterloo and LOMA (1-5 Lower Marsh) invite you to be a part of an exciting project that will bring even more colour and vibrancy to the Lower Marsh landscape. Here’s your chance to leave your mark on one of London’s most dynamic neighborhoods! As part of our

Hugo’s Delivery Service

Hugo’s Delivery Service

10/04/2024

Attention BID members! WeAreWaterloo is gearing up to provide you with affordable, hassle-free, and sustainable delivery options on a regular basis. We’re partnering with Hugo’s Eco Delivery, a local electronic delivery service equipped with in-app tracking, capable of handling loads up to 800kg.  Whether you’re restocking inventory or collaborating with neighbouring businesses, we’ve got your

Free Learning for your Business

Free Learning for your Business

10/04/2024

We are delighted to launch SEEDL, a learning platform providing all levy paying businesses and your employees access to FREE unlimited learning on a range of  courses. At WeAreWaterloo, we understand the importance of ongoing learning and development in today’s rapidly evolving business environment. That’s why we’ve partnered with SEEDL to provide you with access

Two New Businesses in Waterloo

Two New Businesses in Waterloo

04/03/2024

We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of two new businesses in Waterloo! Join us in welcoming Lower and Untype to the Waterloo community. Lower: Bottle Shop and Wine Bar Introducing Lower, your go-to destination for a delightful evening of fine wine. Step into this cosy neighbourhood wine bar boasting a charming working cellar shop. Whether you’re

Share delivery insights

Share delivery insights

04/03/2024

LB Lambeth are working with Cross River Partnership and Grid Smarter Cities to improve the management of freight and servicing deliveries along The Cut. The work aims to trial Virtual Loading Bays (further information can be found here) to enable loading areas to be better managed and improve congestion and air quality in the area. The trial is part

Celebrating 20 Years of UK BIDs

Celebrating 20 Years of UK BIDs

28/02/2024

This year marks 20 years of UK Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), with over £1 billion invested in local services and events for better towns and cities. WeAreWaterloo is proud to be part of this milestone alongside remarkable BIDs across the country. Since our establishment in 2006, WeAreWaterloo has transformed the landscape of Waterloo. From managing

Business Parklets Applications Open

Business Parklets Applications Open

04/01/2024

Business Parklets Applications Open: Transform Parking Spaces into Dynamic Business Hubs Lambeth invites businesses, charities, schools, and organizations to apply for the innovative Business Parklets program, transforming former parking spaces into vibrant hubs. These three-sided structures, featuring a raised deck, offer businesses an opportunity to create welcoming outdoor spaces, increase visibility, and attract new customers.

Southwark Businesses Cost Reduction & Free Support

Southwark Businesses Cost Reduction & Free Support

19/12/2023

Attention all Southwark businesses! Are you looking to reduce operating costs and make an impact?  Free audits, recommendations and training are available to Southwark-based SMEs. Introducing the Southwark Climate Collective, a new programme available to SMEs in Southwark. Participants will benefit from a free audit, bespoke recommendations and support in one of the following areas: 

The Power Of Data & The Return Of The Saturday Market

The Power Of Data & The Return Of The Saturday Market

19/12/2023

On Thursday 14 December,  WeAreWaterloo successfully completed the HSDS Incubator Program! This project, led by Marketing and Projects Officer, Zan, saw the culmination of a guided three month project to explore how we can leverage data effectively in order to deliver better insights and outcomes across our BID. We presented our findings at City Hall

Final Call: Recruitment Support Survey

Final Call: Recruitment Support Survey

15/12/2023

This is your last chance to complete the EmploySE1 Development Survey! WeAreWaterloo, Team London Bridge, and Better Bankside have partnered with PRD, to explore what support and value they can provide to their members to better meet local needs around the areas of staff recruitment, retention, and development. To shape new and effective support, we’re

Sustainable Ventures to help Lambeth Businesses

Sustainable Ventures to help Lambeth Businesses

01/12/2023

We are pleased to announce that our friends over at Sustainable Ventures are here to help businesses and enterprises in Lambeth! The next round of the Lambeth Net Zero Innovation Challenge is starting now.  In the Challenge, established businesses are matched with cutting-edge cleantech innovators who develop bespoke solutions to support sustainability objectives.  Running for

Welcoming Roti King to Waterloo

Welcoming Roti King to Waterloo

30/11/2023

We are super excited to welcome Roti King’s legendary roti canai to Waterloo! Originally a street food concept and renowned for its Malaysian cuisine, Roti King has gained incredible popularity and is set to open its third London restaurant on Lower Marsh. The tradition of crafting fresh roti daily continues, showcasing the process in the

Vote for Lower Marsh Market – “Britain’s Favourite Market”

Vote for Lower Marsh Market – “Britain’s Favourite Market”

07/11/2023

We’re thrilled to announce that the vote for Britain’s Favourite Market is now open, and we need your support to make Lower Marsh Market a winner. With a rich heritage dating back to the 1800s, it has deep roots in London’s history, and though it has scaled down in size over the years, it continues to

Climate Action Group Meeting

Climate Action Group Meeting

30/10/2023

Throughout the year WeAreWaterloo have been working hard to ensure our organisation, as well as the local businesses and community are engaged in sustainable efforts to make our area less polluted and greener. We have been driving forward progress on our Climate Action Plan which can be found here. We encourage local businesses to join us for

Delivery and Servicing Study Reminder

Delivery and Servicing Study Reminder

30/10/2023

Lambeth Council is conducting a Delivery and Servicing Study to better engage with and understand local businesses, support changes in the Waterloo area and guide the development of new strategies and proposals for local streets. Steer is the appointed transport consultant involved in the study, and has conducted short questionnaire surveys throughout October with many

Understanding Waterloo better through the Power of Data

Understanding Waterloo better through the Power of Data

04/10/2023

WeAreWaterloo are pleased to announce that we have been accepted onto the High Streets Data Service Incubator Programme. In collaboration with the Greater London Authority, this project will aim to tap into the London Datastore and evaluate what drives visitors to businesses within our popular destination of Waterloo. This will enable us as your Business

Celebrating Placemaking Week Europe 2023

Celebrating Placemaking Week Europe 2023

03/10/2023

Acting Co-Chief Executives, Harrie and Alex, headed off to sunny Strasbourg last week to present on why BIDs are uniquely placed to expediently shape Public Realm initiatives on behalf of their communities, particularly within the urban greening landscape. Alongside delegates from Milan, San Francisco and Athens, Harrie and Alex discussed how the Placemaking Strategy for the

Waterloo Streets Improvements

Waterloo Streets Improvements

03/10/2023

Lambeth Council are sharing plans to make improvements to Waterloo’s streets, encouraging people to walk, cycle, and wheel around Waterloo. The main Commonplace engagement site is available here. These plans aim to boost health and well-being, as well as helping our environment – these street improvements align with Lambeth’s Climate Action Plan, and our own Climate Action Plan and our joint Net

Lambeth Council Leads the Way Towards a Living Wage Community

Lambeth Council Leads the Way Towards a Living Wage Community

27/09/2023

We have some exciting news to share with you – Lambeth Council is on a mission to make our community a better place for everyone by becoming a Living Wage Place. The Living Wage is an hourly wage rate that reflects actual living costs – it’s all about ensuring people get paid fairly for their

Redesign Shopfront Improvement Scheme

Redesign Shopfront Improvement Scheme

07/09/2023

WeAreWaterloo Business Improvement District (BID) has invested over £30,000 into the renovation of 10 shopfronts located throughout the Waterloo area. After unveiling the Waterloo Placemaking Strategy last year, WeAreWaterloo has been on a mission to brighten up the district’s shopping avenues and encourage the exploration of its diverse local business community. In August of that

Have your say: Delivery and Servicing Study

Have your say: Delivery and Servicing Study

06/09/2023

Are you a local business in the Waterloo area? We need your insight! Lambeth Council, in collaboration with WeAreWaterloo, is conducting a Delivery and Servicing Study to better engage with and understand local businesses, support positive changes in the Waterloo area, and guide the development of new strategies and proposals for local streets. To make

A New Chapter at WeAreWaterloo

A New Chapter at WeAreWaterloo

31/08/2023

We are excited to share some upcoming staff changes with you, including some new faces you can expect to see around the BID area.  At the end of August, we will bid a temporary farewell to our Chief Exec, Natalie Raben, as she prepares for an exciting personal milestone. Natalie is expecting her second daughter

Enhancing Community Safety: FGH Security

Enhancing Community Safety: FGH Security

30/08/2023

In order to enhance the safety and security of the Waterloo district, FGH Security has joined forces with the WeAreWaterloo Business Improvement District (BID) to introduce new Security Officers. This partnership reflects a shared commitment to ensuring a secure environment for residents, businesses, and visitors of Waterloo. The selection of FGH Security for the role

Unmissable climate job in London

Unmissable climate job in London

14/08/2023

Are you ready to take on a role that will shape the future of our planet? If you’re passionate about mitigating climate change and delivering a sustainable future, South Bank Employers’ Group (SBEG) + partners have an exciting opportunity for you! WeAreWaterloo stands supportive of this fantastic opportunity to improve our environment. Net Zero Programme

Views from the ‘Loo Returns

Views from the ‘Loo Returns

07/08/2023

 Views from the ‘Loo Season 3 Ep 1: LSBU – Dr Charles Graham and Hannah Saroli The wait is finally over as WeAreWaterloo brings back its highly anticipated podcast, Views from the ‘Loo on Morley Radio. The series comes back with a bang by featuring an interview between the BID’s newest recruit, Digital Marketing and

New Publication: BIDs and COVID-19

New Publication: BIDs and COVID-19

02/08/2023

We are excited to announce that WeAreWaterloo’s Chief Executive, Natalie Raben, published a research paper in the Journal of Place Management and Development. Analysing the response of Business Improvement Districts to the pandemic, Natalie and her co-writer Nikos Ntounis discuss how BIDs shifted their operations when faced with COVID-19 to become integral facilitators of place management initiatives in their local

Get 50% off licensing support

Get 50% off licensing support

31/07/2023

WeAreWaterloo is partnering with Licensing SAVI on its Security and Vulnerability Initiative. Licensing SAVI is a confidential self-assessment tool designed to help the owners and operators of licensed premises provide a safer and more secure environment for their managers, staff, customers and local communities. It does this by providing personalised advice and recommendations to help

WeAreWaterloo Wins Green Flag Award

WeAreWaterloo Wins Green Flag Award

19/07/2023

We are thrilled to announce that WeAreWaterloo has been awarded the Green Flag Award for the year 2023/24. This recognition serves as a testament to our community’s dedication to greening initiatives, including the outstanding efforts of the Waterloo Gardening Club, Edible Marsh and the Climate Action Group. Let’s delve into the significance of this award

Comings and goings at WeAreWaterloo BID

Comings and goings at WeAreWaterloo BID

19/07/2023

Recent weeks have seen the announcement of a number of changes to the WeAreWaterloo leadership team. At the June board meeting the Chair of the WeAreWaterloo Board, Michael Johnson, announced his intention to stand down from his position. Michael has spent six fantastic years as our Board Chair, through our 2021 re-ballot, the COVID pandemic

Placemaking Spotlight: Data Insights

Placemaking Spotlight: Data Insights

06/07/2023

One overarching theme of Waterloo’s Placemaking Strategy is its emphasis on the importance of data-based decision-making in shaping Waterloo’s future. Another key finding was that, to truly activate the area and unleash its potential, the issue of vacant retail units would have to be addressed. That’s why, we are excited to announce two new key

Get 1-year of FREE climate consultancy

Get 1-year of FREE climate consultancy

22/06/2023

Do you want FREE expert advice to set your business on a path towards a more sustainable future? We’ve partnered with cost and carbon reduction specialists Beyond Procurement to offer five Waterloo BID Members 1 year of FREE climate consultancy. Through their consultancy programme ZERO, Beyond Procurement will help set your business on a path

Get involved: help make Waterloo greener

Get involved: help make Waterloo greener

08/06/2023

Continuing the momentum of our recent Future Neighbourhoods 2030: Net-Zero Strategy launch, we are excited to introduce a selection of new climate action projects. These three new initiatives aim to promote sustainability in the Waterloo area by encouraging the local community to get involved.   Join our Climate Action Group To celebrate London Climate Action

Introducing: our new-look WeAreWaterloo website

Introducing: our new-look WeAreWaterloo website

07/06/2023

It’s finally here! In a move to enhance community engagement and promote the vibrant spirit of Waterloo, we are excited to announce the highly anticipated relaunch of our website, WeAreWaterloo.co.uk. This new digital platform aims to allow workers, residents, and visitors to connect with the community and stay informed about the latest events and updates

Waterloo and South Bank launch Net Zero 2030 Strategy

Waterloo and South Bank launch Net Zero 2030 Strategy

26/05/2023

Investment in a greener, fairer neighbourhood will be delivered through direct economic investment, community initiatives, and supportive policy frameworks. Lambeth Council, SoWN (South Bank & Waterloo Neighbours), South Bank & Waterloo Partnership, South Bank BID, and WeAreWaterloo BID launched a Strategy and Action Plan entitled Net Zero for Waterloo and South Bank: Building a Greener

Announcing: Lower Marsh Lates… at the Movies

Announcing: Lower Marsh Lates… at the Movies

20/04/2023

NOW SHOWING… outdoor screenings! Waterloo, are you ready? Lower Marsh Lates is back bigger than ever and you’re invited! Your summer days are set to be sizzling, but what about your evening plans? Join us from 5:30-8:30pm on the last Thursday of every month between May to September for a series of unmissable FREE outdoor