Nicola Grant, Positively Putney

Of course, we couldn’t do a People of Putney series without interviewing our wonderful Executive Director for the BID, Nicola! She tells us how she came to run the BID and her favourite things about Putney.

Nicola and her family; Nicola has been working from home whilst homeschooling throughout lockdown

Hi, I am Nicola Grant, Executive Director of Positively Putney Business Improvement District. I have a long connection with Putney. I grew up in Wandsworth, went to primary school in Roehampton and shopped in Putney as a child. I remember buying stickers from a shop on Putney High Street and school shoes from what is now Pitter Potter on Upper Richmond Road. I worked for Wandsworth Council for 14 years in the Economic Development Office before moving to run Positively Putney BID in 2017. I always thought Putney was the best part of the Borough. I love my job and am passionate about improving the vitality and vibrancy of Putney town centre. Unsurprisingly, I struggle to recommend anywhere else to shop or socialise other than in Putney.     

What do you love most about Putney?

I love that Putney has such a loyal community. Everyone is always friendly and people are proud to live and work here. I love walking along the river bank as it has a holiday vibe. During lockdown, I have really missed being in Putney and talking face to face to our wonderful business owners and managers.   

Which is the first hospitality business you will be heading to when we are able to socialise again?

This is hard for me to choose – I may have to do a hospitality crawl! Starting with a cinnamon bun and hot chocolate at Blabar, followed by a glass of wine on the outside terrace at Spotted Horse, before a shrimp burger at Home SW15, and then a cocktail at East Putney Tavern before heading home on the tube.

A cinnamon bun at Blabar
East Putney Tavern on Upper Richmond Road is a perfect place for a pint or cocktail or two.
The Spotted Horse, a Youngs Pub on Putney’s High Street serves fantastic food & drink in a spacious indoor setting as well as an outdoor roof terrace!

Which shop in Putney have you missed visiting during lockdown?

My children have missed visiting Kids Stuff toy shop in Putney Exchange, and I would liked to have been able to try on new running trainers at Sporting Feet but instead had to rely on Geoff’s knowledge and base my new trainers on previous purchases. Thankfully, they were doing a phone and collect service.

Kids Stuff is Putney’s toy store found on the first floor of Putney Exchange Shopping Centre.

Describe Putney in 3 words.

  • Friendly
  • Vibrant
  • River
Dom and Geoff have provided their customers with virtual customer services to aid choosing the best running shoe through the pandemic.

How can people continue to support your business at the moment?

Our role is to make sure Putney businesses are able to thrive again, albeit safely. So, I ask that people are sensible, Putney is quieter in the morning so perhaps visit then to avoid crowds. Please wear your mask and keep your distance. Tell your friends and share on social media when you experience excellent customer service in a Putney business. For up to date information on what is happening in Putney follow us on social media, and like our posts when we mention your favourite business.

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