The #loveyourlocalarches campaign is returning to the borough this weekend to support archway businesses and the Council is calling on residents to get involved.
Published: Friday, 2nd July 2021
‘Arch Day’ will be held on Saturday 3 July and provides an opportunity to showcase our unique arch products and services and help businesses beneath the railway arches recover from the pandemic.
It’s a great way to give them a chance to promote themselves and residents can join the campaign by visiting any arch business and taking a selfie using the hashtags #loveyourlocalarches and #archday and tagging us in, @LBofHounslow, @TfL and @thearchcompany on Twitter.
The Arches are repurposed spaces that accommodate many businesses in Hounslow, including gyms, restaurants and sports activities. Small business owners rely on these spaces and the Council would like to encourage residents to visit and support them.
Cllr Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport and One Hounslow, along with Cllr Rajawat, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Services, visited two local arch companies, recognised by TfL, to meet staff and help raise awareness.
Laura Sevenus Swimming Tuition operates from an arch in Stamford Brook. By using UV light sanitisation in their pool, they make sure water is clean and hygienic for swimming classes. This allows them to cut down on the chemicals used.
Active360, a stand-up paddling board business, based by Kew Bridge, was part of “The Big Stand Up” for men’s health. They paddle boarded the length of the Basingstoke Canal, in support of men’s mental health.
Cllr Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport and One Hounslow, said:
“I am delighted to be supporting the Love Your Local Arches campaign. Local businesses across our borough, including those in our archways, some of which are hidden away as they are not in areas of high footfall, have been hugely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
“I encourage Hounslow residents, where possible, to shop local and support our independent businesses. This will help preserve the heart of our local communities, keep the pound in Hounslow and save jobs.
“We would like to invite everyone to join us on Saturday 3 July to celebrate and show our appreciation for our arch businesses. Why not share a photo of your favourite archway business on social media and tag Hounslow Council in your post.”
Cllr Rajawat, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Services, added:
“Businesses under our archways contribute towards making Hounslow the vibrant, diverse borough we love. We were delighted to meet business owners from Laura Sevenus Swimming Tuition and Active360, to find out more about what they do as part of the Love Your Local Arches campaign.
“Many of the archway businesses across our borough are helping to make the environment greener, encourage our residents to be healthy and support our communities to prosper.
“We are proud of them and encourage residents shop local and support our independent businesses. By shopping local you are supporting the heart of our local communities and helping to build resilience following the pandemic.”
Jo Fisher, Senior Property Manager, at TfL, said:
“We are delighted to celebrate with our tenants on Arch Day and recognise the fantastic work they do. Our tenants across London have done an amazing job in supporting the city and their local communities during the pandemic and it has been a privilege to hear their stories first-hand.
“We know we are only successful if our tenants are successful, and we want to do all we can to help them recover and thrive by working with them as partners.”