“New Windows on Willesden Green”, was announced winner of the 2012 Regeneration and Renewal award for boosting high street vitality last month. The scheme includes 13 flourishing pop up shops on Queen's Parade. Local entrepreneurs have been given empty shops for low rent and turned them into viable businesses which have received praise from retail royalty Mary Portas and featured in Time Out as one of the best places to shop. Shop owners have been joining in with the other businesses recently creating beautiful window displays to encourage shoppers back into the area. The Library Lab in Willesden Green Library is also still providing residents with a creative space to work from and get business advice and support. And the schemes have now been joined by Electric House which is being used to showcase the work of local artists as well as providing businesses with advice on dressing their shop windows.
Jessica Courtney Bennett Project manager said: "From working in the area for over a year we have been fortunate to meet local people who have incredible dedication in making Willesden Green a great place to live and work."
The recently formed Willesden Green Team, made up of local residents and business owners, will continue to build on the project by bringing vitality to the area for years to come.
They have a new website launching soon at http://willesdengreenteam.co.uk/