Aims

The West Hampstead Business Association (WHBA) promotes and improves both the physical and business landscape of the area.

The ultimate goal is to encourage more people to spend more money here, in order to retain and develop West Hampstead’s economy.

The WHBA (first set up in 2011) relaunched in 2013 with fresh momentum in light of the major changes happening locally. Having been designated as an area for intensification by City Hall, West Hampstead is going to welcome 1,000 new homes over the next few years.

Our aim is to focus on a couple of campaigns every quarter – one “quick fix” and something else longer term. Check out the Campaigns page to see what we’re working on right now and how you can help.

How we make decisions

Rather than organise endless social events that become nothing more than a talking shop, we are moving the WHBA online with a members-only forum. This is where we’ll try and get a consensus on what businesses think.

Naturally, it’s impossible to please everyone and our aim is to be inclusive rather than focus only on independents or only only restaurants etc. However, the forum will be the place to thrash these ideas out.

We will of course still organise events – ideally with a guest speaker. We’ve already had the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, come and talk to members about how City Hall can help small businesses.

At our reLaunch event, Leo Hollis, author of Cities Are Good For You, talked about the link between high streets and communities, and how lots of small changes could have a major impact over time. We are already talking to other senior politicians and business commentators about attending future events.

Who are we?

The WHBA is orchestrated by a committee of four local business owners

  • Reuben Miller of Alexander’s estate agents
  • David Matthews of Dutch & Dutch estate agents
  • André Millodot of The Wet Fish Café
  • Jennie Vincent of The Kitchen Table.

The website is run by Jonathan Turton of West Hampstead Life.

We are all happy to be the contact points and channel the thoughts of members to the council and other relevant groups; we will however, count on your support in driving specific campaigns forward.

You can contact us @WHampBiz on Twitter or whba@www.whba.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you.