A DIGITAL town hub platform which aims to generate economic growth for Thornton Heath will be unveiled over the coming weeks.

The goal of the online app is to help local communities take greater ownership over the kind of information that’s essential for healthy town centres.

The apps, known as Digital Town Hubs, have been developed by tech company Loqiva based in Crystal Palace and is part of the wider South London Partnership’s InnOvaTe Project which aims help people live better and healthier lives.

Working in partnership with Croydon Council, local businesses and organisations Loqiva has already developed two apps as part of a pilot scheme for High Streets In South Norwood and Purley.

Residents will be able to download the free app which provides a wide range of features including local news and offers. 

Local businesses can register on the hub to upload events, offers and send in-app messages to draw in customers. Community groups will also be invited to join too.

The hub will be managed by the Thornton Heath Community Action Team (THCAT) which has rebranded its logo (pictured left). It will also be unveiling a new website next month.

Tilly Pollard THCAT’s social media Ambassador said: “This is such an exciting opportunity. The hub will help businesses to connect directly with residents without the filters or advertising costs of social media.”

The digital town hub initiative will also provide select local businesses with sensor devices to help measure footfall in their business and throughout the area to better understand customer data.

If your business would like to be one of the first 20 businesses on the platform, then please get in touch right away at action@thorntonheath.net

The app will launch to residents by the end of November 2021.

Learn more about the app at the next THCAT meeting on October 13 at St Paul’s Church 7 to.30pm.