Phanuel Mutumburi talks about the Destination Norwich Road project in Ipswich
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The recent Windrush at 70 celebrations were a timely reminder of the contribution made to this country by people coming from overseas.
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Now at ISCRE, Mutumburi is working to make a difference helping small businesses from the black, Asian and ethnic minorities (BAME) sectors navigate the system whether that be to help with planning submissions or access to grants or loans.
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The Destination Norwich Road project aims to deliver a physical transformtion of the area as well as moncler sale encourage more people to use the location for shopping and dining
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“We hear statements that Norwich Road is dangerous and that it is a ghetto there is a disconnect but it is misplaced.
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Mutumburi sits on a committee along with councillors and local business people who are working to change these perceptions and rebrand the area an initiative they have called Destination Norwich Road.
Part of the aim is to create a physical transformation of the area by sprucing up shop fronts and installing plinths and artwork, and putting in place flower planters and baskets. The group recently held a consultation day where they shared some of their early ideas with residents and business owners.
The second ambition is to make the area more open to the rest of the town by dispelling the fears of the wider community and also by encouraging the businesses in and around Norwich Road to open themselves up to people from outside.
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cheap moncler sale “We see some big shops closing but you rarely see boarded up shops in Norwich Road they may be closed for a while for a bit of turnaround but there is always full occupancy. The place is always busy, there’s a buzz going on. cheap moncler sale
“We want cheap moncler outlet people from the mainstream to try and understand the cultures that are here there are perhaps 15 to 20 cultures just along one street. cheap moncler They can buy their meat from one place, their vegetables from another, buy vintage clothes or visit the Coes department store. Then they have a choice of restaurants to go to.”
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