The Hampton Hill Business Association brings you Love Hampton Hill. The committee is currently Georgia Ballantine (Director and Town Centre Manager), Karen Papirnik (Director) and Martin Dean (Secretary and Treasurer).
It has been established since 1963 and is best known for organising the renowned annual Hampton Hill Christmas Parade on the last Friday of November! See our ‘EVENTS page’ for further details. We also arrange sponsorship for the community Christmas tree in Templeton Place and festive street scene of smaller trees above the High Street shops ready for the festivities.
Every year we mark Remembrance Sunday with poppies on lampposts along the High Street and represent the businesses at the Remembrance Service in St James’s Church by laying a wreath on behalf of the business community.
Recent initiatives include the purchase, installation and maintenance of three defibrillators along the High Street outside
Paws for Coffee at 41 High Street
Stewart and Young at 135-137 High Street
Cavan Bakery at 183 High Street
We are most grateful to these businesses for agreeing to the installation outside their premises.
We are also indebted to the Hampton Hill businesses and residents who so willingly donated funds enabling the purchase of this vital equipment and to Mike King of MK Electrical Services (mkelectricalservices.co.uk) for installing these without charge.
The Hampton Hill Business Association is funded jointly by the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames and the businesses themselves. Funds raised are then utilised to support business initiatives and to stage events and activities for the whole community.
The role of Town Centre Manager is funded by the Association and works part time on projects to update and enhance the area. Working alongside the ‘Hampton Hill Improvements Group’ our Town Centre manager, Georgia, is currently working on embedding the newly named Templeton Place as a central focal point for the community. Once this project is complete attention will move on to enhance and upgrade other areas along the High Street.
Please contact us here if considering a move to our High Street as a new business or to share a comment or concern about the area.
Georgia has been a director of the Hampton Hill Business Association since 2019. When she owned a business on the High Street and was extremely keen to enhance the area. Whilst working as one of the association’s directors the position of Town Centre Manager became vacant and Georgia was attracted to take on this role to work closer with the other businesses, to improve Hampton Hill and organise events to boost footfall on the High Street.
Since taking on the role this has grown to include additional responsibility for assisting the businesses during the pandemic and working with the wonderful volunteers to support residents over the past two years. Unfortunately, Georgia’s own business had to close during this period, but she has been delighted to remain as Town Centre Manager and Director. Please feel free to contact Georgia at any point should you have any concern or comments about Hampton Hill whether you are a business or a local resident. I am always around to help where I can.
Karen is the Principal of the Jack and Jill Family of Schools, a group of independent schools that have been operating in the area since 1951. She became a director of Hampton Hill Business Association when the group’s Preparatory School, Clarence House Preparatory, opened on the High Street in 2016.
The Family of Schools opened in 1951 in the home of its founder, Mrs Molly Papirnik, in Nightingale Road Hampton and grew rapidly over the next few years when it added its second school, now operating on First Cross Road, Twickenham. With the opening of Clarence House Preparatory School, the group now offer education for girls from two to eleven years.
Karen took over management of the group from her grandmother in 1991 and searched for many years for a building suitable for its preparatory school. Opportunity was finally presented when the elegant but sadly dilapidated Grade II building on the High Street became available. Although permission for change of use was required as well as extensive renovation and remodelling, these were finally achieved with the support of both the business and residential community, so the new school could finally open in September 2016. In appreciation of the welcome and support given to this new venture Karen offered her services to the Business Association and has been pleased to assist in improving the area and providing support since this time.
Martin became a member of the HHBA in 2013 when he was overseeing the SOS! SEN Children’s Charity shop in the Parade. Whilst that has now closed, he had remained as the Association’s Secretary and Treasurer because he is keen to ensure that the Hampton Hill businesses and the wider community benefit from the unique nature and features of the area.
Hampton Hill Business Association is a voluntary group that brings you Love Hampton Hill. It takes responsibility for managing the activities of the Town Centre Manager and supporting the businesses trading within the vibrant High Street area.
The Directors and Treasurer oversee the planning of events for the local community and delivery of services as required by the Borough fund for High Street activities.
Hampton Hill High Street comprises mainly independent retail outlets with additional services including fitness centres, theatre, nurseries, restaurants, and bars. The area is full of history and borders Bushy Park, which attracts many visitors.
The Business Association is now seeking additional directors, enthusiastic about developing services and activities in this popular area further. Some experience in retail, marketing, event planning and/or as a company officer would be desirable. Professional indemnity is in place to cover the work of the Association directors and volunteers.
This voluntary role would suit anyone who lives or works locally interested in the development and maintenance of the High Street. The role is rewarding in that together with the other directors and Treasurer you can influence the way the High Street and Hampton Hill Community develop and change.
Meetings are periodic and most of the workload is delegated to the Town Centre Manager. The current Company officers encourage you to consider this opportunity and look forward to welcoming new members.
If you would like further information in regards to this role or would like to apply please contact Georgia Ballantine our Town Centre Manager by email here.