Call Made To Support Railway Archway Businesses

'Arch Day' held this weekend to help firms recover from pandemic

Cllr Khan, Laura Sevenue, Cllr Rajawat


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This Saturday 3 July was officially ‘Arch Day’, a day designated to highlight businesses based in railway arches including those in Chiswick.

The campaign aims to help such businesses recover from the pandemic and gives them a chance to promote themselves. Residents could join the campaign by visiting any arch business and taking a selfie using the hashtags #loveyourlocalarches.

The Arches are repurposed spaces that accommodate many businesses in the area , 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.

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 the fundraiser.

Staff of Active 360 with Hounslow Council councillors
Staff of Active 360 with Hounslow Council councillors

Cllr Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport and One Hounslow, along with Cllr Rajawat, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Services, visited these two Chiswick arch companies, recognised by TfL, to meet staff and help raise awareness.

Cllr Khan 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."

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July 4, 2021

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