Penge SE20 and Loqiva join forces and launch a digital town hub in South East London

Posted 21st September 2023 by Tejan Pereira

Penge SE20 Business Improvement District will join forces with technology company Loqiva to create a digital town hub named Penge SE20.

Through Loqiva’s digital infrastructure Penge SE20 BID plans to create one centralised resource for the 200 businesses and 20,000 residents in the increasingly trendy SE20 area.

The hub itself comes with a wide variety of engagement and place-making tools that can be used by the BID, businesses, residents and visitors alike. From creating a centralised database of local events all the way to providing one definitive place to check on town health and activities. Penge SE20 digital town hub is being designed to be the one-stop-shop for everything within the Penge vicinity.

Penge App Phone Screens

Penge SE20 BID prides itself on its promotion of local community events and nurturing small business and start-ups which add vibrancy and prosperity for the community.

“Penge is becoming increasingly vibrant” said Zoe Carr, Manager at Penge SE20 BID,

“With more people immersing themselves in the variety of independent restaurants, shops and bars, we wanted technology to nurture this environment and to link up with the many local community groups here,.  Loqiva’s digital town hub is exactly the right tool for the job.”

The digital town hub is technology that brings everything local all in one place.  It promotes a clear digital identity for Penge through a resident-facing smartphone app that enables residents of Penge to connect and communicate with their local area, to check out the latest offers, news updates, travel information and participate in tours and trails.  For SE20 businesses, they have access to marketing resources to engage their target market, such as setting geo-targeted notifications in and around the high street.

Penge Business Platform

Further tools, such as local forums, issue reporting, and survey engines facilitate communication between residents, businesses and the BID team.

Marcus Chidgey, Diretor & Co-Founder of Loqiva adds, ‘As a local South-East London resident myself it’s fantastic to see Loqiva supporting what is such a vibrant enclave of London. Mark and Zoe’s decision to go forward with a digital town hub means Penge becomes not only a beacon of cultural innovation but a technological one too. Strong businesses need strong technology to support them and that’s exactly what the BID is doing.

Mark Painter, Chair of Penge SE20 BID comments, “In an age of global monopolies squeezing local business for everything they’re worth, we wanted to create a platform that supports and gives back to traders who’ve been the bedrock of the community for generations. We’re absolutely delighted to launch Penge SE20 digital town hub not only to put Penge on the map but as a thank you to a truly great community!”

Penge SE20 is being soft-launched to businesses at the end of September 2023 and is expected to be fully live and available to the public by October 2023. Further enhancements and ecommerce features are planned for 2024.

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