Help Orpington’s small businesses grow and thrive

The Orpington constituency is home to a number of diverse and vibrant high streets and parades. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community as well as the local economy. I fully support the work of Orpington 1st to encourage local retailers to help create new jobs and opportunities here in Orpington.

Orpington High Street has seen some fantastic progress over recent years following the refurbishment of the Walnuts Shopping Centre and the opening of the Odeon cinema. However, more remains to be done and I am working closely with local councillors and businesses regarding future development.

Orpington continues to have a healthy level of employment, with an unemployment rate of 1.3% in December 2018, well below the national rate of 3.0% (Claimant count method, House of Commons Library, December 2018).


Jo opens The DenCare Clinic & Travel Vaccinations in Locksbottom

Jo was pleased to join Cllr Charles Joel to open The DenCare Clinic & Travel Vaccinations in Locksbottom.  Dr Chandni Amin and Mr Dharmic Amin have purchased the dental practice at 419 Crofton Road and will co-run the practice using their complementary expertise to create new business and ser

Jo visits Coffee Box at Chelsfield Station

On Friday, Jo paid a visit to the new takeaway coffee shop at Chelsfield Station. ‘Coffee Box’, as its name suggests, serves commuters from a reused container box which was previously used as a taxi booking office.

New Crofton Lane Post Office opens

Jo was pleased to join Cllr Charles Joel to cut the ribbon at the new Post Office on Crofton Lane, situated inside McColl’s. The new branch will offer customers a range of services, from posting letters and parcels to collecting and returning online shopping items.

Celebrating Orpington’s Small Businesses

Last Saturday was Small Business Saturday, a day to appreciate the important role small businesses play in our local economy. The high streets and parades across the Orpington constituency are home to a wide selection of small businesses.

Google Digital Garage Visits Orpington

On Friday, the Google Digital Garage visited Orpington, giving local residents and businesses the chance to improve their digital skills. Jo came along to see the group and individual sessions held to help educate people about online security, social media and conducting business online.