About Royal Greenwich
The Royal Borough of Greenwich - on the banks of the River Thames in South East London - is a stunning location steeped in history, with magnificent attractions and open spaces and it offers an unrivalled cultural experience.
The borough has a rich history and architecture, from the splendour of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site in Greenwich Town Centre, to the stunning riverfront and remarkable architecture of the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich; and from the magnificent Eltham Palace to Greenwich Peninsula, home to the world's most successful entertainment venue, The O2 Arena.
Employment, skills and training and inward investment
Tackling poverty and helping our residents gain new skills and qualifications so that they can find work, or change careers, is a key priority for the council. In support of this, the Royal Borough of Greenwich has established:
Five ‘Skills Centres’ of excellence, where residents can acquire skills, training and qualifications in key sectors with good employment prospects. Our five skills centres are:
- Catering and hospitality.
Greenwich Local Labour and Business (GLLab) which was set up in 1996 and works towards the maximisation of job opportunities for local people and to work with Royal Greenwich business support teams to help secure business opportunities for local companies. GLLaB has successfully won European and Government funding over the years to provide local people with funding and access to:
- Help over 17,760 people into work
- Training provision in a wide range of industry sectors
- Advisory support (one-to-one and group sessions)
- Work Clubs
- Paid and volunteer work experience placements
- Apprenticeship placements
- In-work support
- Childcare and travel fare support
- Job matching and invitations to large scale recruitment and / or pre-screening events
- Specialist / other professional support provision
- Public Network Computers.
Digital Enterprise Greenwich, putting Greenwich at the heart of the digital skills revolution. The digital enterprise centre at Mitre Passage provides fully serviced office space and meeting spaces for digital businesses wishing to locate on the Digital Peninsula, London's newest business district.
Linked to the centre is a prestigious exhibition centre, as well as boardrooms. The centre is a rapidly growing community of digital businesses based at Greenwich Peninsula. Closely collaborating with neighbours Ravensbourne, the initiative enables digital businesses to use a common base in high-spec office space, to share ideas, to grow and develop and to access first-class digital facilities and networking.
Tourism in Royal Greenwich already generates £774 million every year for the local economy, supporting nearly 12,000 local jobs. It is a sector seeing rapid growth, in line with the Royal Borough's ambitious programme of regeneration. The key legacy objective was to move from day visits, to Royal Greenwich becoming a destination in its own right, with an increase in overnight stays and generate interest in future visits.
To achieve these goals, the following objectives were agreed:
- Increase the number of hotel bedrooms across the borough
- Generate investment in existing and new visitor attractions
- Increase investment in transport capacity to allow visitors to make sustainable journeys
- Spread the benefits of tourism to other areas of the borough
- Attract London's first cruise ship terminal with a hotel and other relevant infrastructure.
Children and Young People
More five-year-olds in Greenwich are achieving the expected levels of development than anywhere else in the country and the 2015 tables show Greenwich continuing to outstrip national performance. Of the five-year-olds assessed last year, more than three-quarters (77%) are achieving the expected level of social and intellectual development, compared with a national rate of 60% last year.
Primary schools in Royal Greenwich are among the best in the country at helping pupils to make progress. In the 2015 results from national tests, Greenwich came equal fourth-highest in England for the number of 11-year-olds who reached or exceeded the required standard (Level 4) in reading, writing and maths. For performance at the higher standard (Level 5 or above), Greenwich did even better, coming third-best in the country. Royal Greenwich’s rate, with 35 per cent achieving at Level 5 or above, is 11 percentage points above the national average.
Royal Greenwich schools have also raised their game in helping students to achieve record results in BTec exams. Almost three-quarters of exam entries at BTec (73 per cent) achieved a good grade (A* - B). This was a leap from 51 per cent in 2013, the last year for which comparable figures are available. Every school increased its rate of good passes in this qualification.. The overall pass rate in A-levels, at 98 per cent, matches the national figure and the number of A* to B grades at A-level came in at 39 per cent a fall on last year.
Investment in New Schools & Children Centres
We are investing for the future so that all our schools have excellent facilities to give our children the best start in their education, and so that we have sufficient school places available to meet the needs of a growing population. Investing in new schools and adding state of the art facilities to existing schools remain a key priority for the borough.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich is also firmly committed to maintaining the number of Children's centres on offer to families in the borough. They provide families access to a range of services in one location. Children's centres are located across Royal Greenwich. They focus on the following key themes:
Early years education and childcare provision
- Integrated early learning and childcare
- Support for childminders
- Links to local schools and out-of-school activities
- Early identification of children with special needs and disabilities
- Information and advice about childcare services and funding to support childcare costs.
Family support and parental outreach
- Family visits in the first two months of a child's life
- Families Information Service information and advice for parents and carers about available services, organisations and activities
- Support and advice on parenting and other activities that increase awareness of child development
- Access to services
- Strategies that increase the involvement of fathers.
Children and family health services
- Antenatal advice
- Mental health and emotional support
- Help to stop smoking
- Information and guidance on breastfeeding, hygiene, nutrition and safety.
- Links with Jobcentre Plus and Greenwich Local Labour and Business (GLLaB)
- Advice on training and employment.
The Royal Borough's key objectives for transport are increasing the sustainable travel capacity, particularly for trips to and from key growth and employment centres within the borough. Measures to achieve this include:
- Facilitating the delivery of Crossrail
- Continuing to promote and support a package of Thames River crossings
- Improving North/South public transport links
- Working towards the implementation of express bus routes
- Promoting 'active travel' (walking and cycling)
- Reducing transport-related emissions.
The borough hosts a variety of theatre, music and dance performances throughout the year with events for both younger and older audiences.
Cultural Quarter Plans for Royal Arsenal:
The proposed cultural quarter, on the banks of the River Thames, offers a unique, attractive and ideal setting to establish London's newest cultural destination. The plans form part of the borough's wider regeneration, including the transformation of the immediate Royal Arsenal area, which is delivering 4,500 quality new homes and a new Crossrail station, as well as new shops, restaurants and quality public open spaces and community facilities.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich recognises the value of arts and culture, not just for the entertainment and enjoyment that they bring but also the wider benefits such as tourism and economic development. Tourism and arts already contribute £1.2 billion to the local economy each year and support more than 16,000 jobs.
Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust
Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust is a charity formed in 2014 to care for and make accessible the heritage of the royal borough. The Trust is responsible for Charlton House, Greenwich heritage centre, museum collections and archive, tudor barn, Eltham and has a custodian role to a number of memorials in the borough.
The aims of the trust are:
- To help people learn and find out about the history and heritage of our region
- To care for our heritage buildings for the benefit of the public
- To promote the use of the buildings, grounds and collections in our care.
Royal Greenwich has a wealth of heritage assets, ranging from buildings of great historical interest to war memorials. The not-for-profit trust makes it easier for residents to have a greater say in the futures of these buildings. The charity’s fundraising is vital to the sustainability of heritage services in the Royal Borough of Greenwich at these times of reduced central funding.
Overall crime figures for the borough have been declining steadily over the last five years and burglaries are at the lowest rate since the millennium. However, youth violence, substance abuse and anti-social behaviour remain top priorities for the borough with cross-agency work focussing on early-prevention, especially for young people.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich works closely with the Metropolitan Police on a wide range of community safety initiatives and has a dedicated Violent and Organised Crime Unit (VOCU), an intelligence-led police unit targeting known gang members, criminal networks and the most serious offenders. Originally formed in 2008, the focus of the VOCU has evolved over time to co-ordinate with the work of a serious youth violence panel, established in 2010 to manage those at the highest risk of causing, or being victim of, serious youth violence (SYV) in the borough.