Residents were invited to visit their local arch businesses as part of the #loveyourlocalarches campaign to support small businesses.
Published: Tuesday, 1st September 2020
The #loveyourlocalarches campaign held a virtual Arch Day celebration on Saturday 29 August across London. Arches are refurbished spaces under elevated railways that are home to thousands of businesses, ranging from bakeries to breweries and from salons to mechanic shops. These spaces are vital for our small businesses and we encourage all residents to visit and support them.
As part of the campaign, on Friday 31 August, Councillor Tony Louki, Mayor of Hounslow visited two local arch businesses in TfL-owned arches, Active 360, a paddleboarding centre at Kew Bridge and Wave Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Stamford Brook, to bring attention to small companies as they recover from the pandemic and its impacts.
Mayor Louki said: “These businesses have an important role to play in our borough’s economic recovery. Hounslow’s arches are home to a range of great small businesses that offer our community a diverse range of services and products. As coronavirus presents a difficult trading period for small businesses, it is important that we support these unique independent businesses so that they can continue to stay open.”
Jo Fisher, Senior Property Manager at TfL said: “As people start to return to normal after the pandemic, Arch Day offers a fantastic opportunity to discover and support some of the local small businesses near them. Whether it’s places to eat or drink out, getting your vehicle fixed or learning a new skill, there’s something out there for everyone. London is an amazing city and the businesses that operate in our arches play a key part in making it so.”
You can still participate in the campaign by sharing pictures of yourself at an arch and using the #loveyourlocalarches and #archday2020 hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.