Kenilworth prepares for major disruption from the HS2 construction with a clear message - 'we will still be open for business'

With six out of the town’s eight access roads proposed to be closed at some point in HS2’s construction period, the town council has invested in a project to help save town centre businesses

Monday, 23rd November 2020, 11:47 am
Updated Monday, 23rd November 2020, 11:49 am
With six out of the town’s eight access roads proposed to be closed at some point in HS2’s construction period, Kenilworth Town Council wants to spread the message that businesses will continue operating, subject the Covid-19 restrictions.

‘Kenilworth is open for business’ - that is the message being made loud and clear as the town prepares for major disruption from the HS2 construction.

With six out of the town’s eight access roads proposed to be closed at some point in HS2’s construction period, Kenilworth Town Council wants to spread the message that businesses will continue operating, subject the Covid-19 restrictions.

The town council has been awarded nearly £75,000 through the HS2 Business and Local Economy Fund to begin a project to support local businesses through the disruption.

The project’s main objectives are to support local businesses and safeguard jobs, employment and income, and to encourage more visitors and investment to the town.

“This project will provide a real boost to businesses in Kenilworth during the building works” said Cllr James Kennedy, chair of the council’s project management group.

“And we are very pleased that our teams are able to start work in a Covid-secure way.”

The project is divided into three sections:

- ‘Digital Kenilworth’ – to increase digital skills within the business community and increase social media presence of Kenilworth.

- ‘Visit Kenilworth’ – to increase the number of visitors and visitor spend to the town.

- ‘Locate Kenilworth’ – to increase investment in the town and encourage people to move to Kenilworth.

After a public tendering process Kenilworth Town Council, three companies have been chosen to bring the project to fruition.

Net Visibility has been appointed to deliver ‘Digital Kenilworth’; Black Spiral Design has been appointed to coordinate the “Visit Kenilworth” work stream. Liquid has been appointed to deliver ‘Locate in Kenilworth’.