Local life in Reigate - why we love this historic Surrey town

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 October 2015

Reigate's High Street is thriving (Photo: Matthew Williams)

Reigate's High Street is thriving (Photo: Matthew Williams)

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Reigate really is the jewel in the borough of Reigate & Banstead. Yes we’re biased but with well-founded reasons. Why do both large corporate companies and high quality independents choose Reigate as their place of business?

Reigate has superb transport links. It’s a stone’s throw from the M25, has direct trains into London Victoria and London Bridge and 15 minutes from Gatwick Airport.

There is stunning Priory Park in the centre of Reigate that plays host to hugely popular events such as Run Reigate Half Marathon, EAT! Food Festival and many community events plus Reigate has a plethora of sports and interest clubs.

Reigate is blessed with plenty of excellent cafes, restaurants and eateries not to mention that it is also steeped in much fascinating history including amazing sand caves and what is believed to be the very first lending library in the world!

Reigate Business Guild & its members fundraises to provide the town with its Christmas lights and is very proud of the Christmas fayre which it organises every year. This has become the highlight of the Reigate calendar with all businesses supporting each other and working together.

Businesses in Reigate are united and this, without doubt, goes towards the success of the town and the bustling High Street. Reigate is unique and diverse, welcoming and inclusive. As Reigate business owners we are proud of this and will endeavour for this to continue to be so for many years to come.

Reigate Business Guild

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All About You

19b High St - 01737 242860 - www.allaboutyoureigate.co.uk

Why us? We are a family owned lingerie, swimwear and hosiery shop with superb leading brands and a philosophy of friendly and helpful service. Our aim is to satisfy the ladies of Reigate of all ages with professional fitting and lingerie to suit every pocket.

Why Reigate? We chose Reigate for our shop because it is a vibrant town, full of individual boutiques and shops rather than the usual multiple chains found elsewhere. The town boasts some 30 restaurants and bars making for a lively and exciting place to be. There is quality, choice and value for all.

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Chalk Hills Bakery

75 Bell Street - 01737 669 116 - www.chalkhillsbakery.com

Why us? We started selling our sourdough bread five years ago at a weekend pop up shop in Lesbourne Road, thanks to friends believing in our product. Using only natural ingredients, our bread soon became popular. Four months later we opened Chalk Hills Bakery Café in Bell Street. Alongside our range of bread and pastries, we serve breakfast and lunch every day, eat in or take away.

Why Reigate? Reigate hosts many diverse businesses which ads to the great sense of community here and something our shop has been able to capture. Being in Reigate has helped put us on the map too!

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Experience Design

41 London Rd - 01737 735073 - www.experiencedesign.co.uk

Why us? We specialise in Events and Exhibitions. Fancy your house or garden lit for that special occasion? We use battery LED flood lights, no cables, no fuss. We have created Exhibition Stands all over the world, launched cars and created touring exhibitions such as Doctor Who for the BBC.

Why Reigate? We value the community spirit and I happen to live here too. It’s a thriving town attracting great people and businesses in all walks of life. There are very few places as friendly and enjoyable to be located in so we’re staying put! Contact us if you want a local company to help with your next Event or Exhibition, Party or Product Launch.

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Ripples

11 West St - 01737 226450 - www.ripples.ltd.uk/bathroom-showrooms/reigate-surrey

Why us? Enjoy a bathroom designed by our team of experienced designers. We thrive on creating a bathroom of our customer’s dreams, whether you’re looking for a bathroom to retreat to after a busy day or a contemporary wet-room, one of our designers will create you a bathroom to be proud of. Luxurious, bespoke bathrooms are our speciality and each bathroom is designed by hand.

Why Reigate? Reigate is a beautiful place to work; we love the boutique feel. At Ripples we get to design bathrooms for a wonderful mix of customers and we visit a variety of beautiful homes in the area. We hope our customers will be inspired by our new showroom displays and the enthusiasm of our team.

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TWM Solicitors

40 West St - 01737 221212 - www.twmsolicitors.com

Why us? TWM has been in Reigate since the 1840s; originally as Attersolls, then as TWM following the firms’ merging in 2003. We provide a complete legal service to individuals and businesses. Business services include corporate, commercial, dispute resolution employment and property. Services for individuals/families include matrimonial & family, moving house, powers of attorney, wealth management and Wills & probate.

Why Reigate? As members of Reigate Business Guild, TWM invests in the community and believe a flourishing town benefits everyone. We also support the Reigate Community Summer Festival. The professional network within the town means that staff and clients enjoy a rewarding environment to live and work.

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James Dean Property

67 High St - 01737 242331 - www.jamesdeanproperty.co.uk

Why us? James Dean are a family run business located in the heart of the town. Founded 10 years ago we have grown our business by focussing on honest advice and excellent customer service. We advise on all property related matters and are active in the community supporting local causes and sporting teams.

Why Reigate? Reigate is a picturesque market town with excellent communication links to London. A constant migration of young families flock here attracted by the superb schools, bustling high street and fantastic housing stock. Restaurants include our favourites; The Dining Room and La Barbe or for pubs try the Skimmington Castle on Reigate Heath.

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Cullenders

13 Bell St - 01737 240800 - www.cullenders.com

Why us? We’ve been in Reigate for over 6 years now and pride ourselves on customer service, fresh food made with the best ingredients. In those 6 years the high street has been taken over with chains, but we believe that our passion for our products keeps the customers coming in.

Why Reigate? Reigate is a great place to live and work. Lots of great outside spaces and a fantastic mix of people make it a pleasure to have set up business here.

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Little Snug

Pop up shop coming soon - 0845 5702000 - www.littlesnug.com

Why us? Little Snug is an online shop specialising in high quality, affordable bespoke furniture. Presently, the focus is on tables; made from solid oak, you can either design your own, specifying edge style, leg style, colour, shape and size (prices start from £635), or choose from a selection of pre-made options. A range of chairs and homeware are also available.

Why Reigate? Little Snug’s creators, Dan and Russ, both live in Reigate and have a pop up shop coming to Reigate in October this year as they believe Little Snug will appeal to the impeccable taste of the typical Reigate family.

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Gerrards

5 High St - 01737 243330 - www.gerrardsfashion.co.uk

Why us? We are an independent, family-run fashion boutique and love what we do; from being on the shop floor meeting customers to sourcing exciting new brands. Our aim is to provide great customer service in a welcoming environment. We stock a combination of affordable basics and everyday luxury sitting alongside unique collections from new designers, handmade jewellery, covetable accessories and gifts to suit all budgets.

Why Reigate? Reigate has a great sense of community and a good mix of independent shops and cafes alongside popular chains. The park is wonderful and there’s often something fun going on for children, which means the town centre is always buzzing with activity. We feel very lucky to be part of such a vibrant place!

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Holmesdale Building Society

43 Church St - 01737 245716 - www.theholmesdale.co.uk

Why us? The Holmesdale is Reigate’s local building society, offering personal service for savings and mortgages. Our experienced staff assess mortgage applications individually and we offer a flexible, common sense approach. We make it easy for people to buy a home and save for the future through straightforward mortgage and savings products.

Why Reigate? The Society was formed by Thomas Buckland, a local businessman, on 14th February 1855 in his house on Church Street, to provide a means for thrift and home-ownership for the people of Reigate. We have been trading on the same site for 160 years and our friendly, personal approach to service has always remained the same.

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Halliwell Marks Estate Agency

19a High St - 01737 303099 - www.halliwellmarks.co.uk

Why us? Halliwell Marks is a completely independent family Estate Agency in Reigate. “We want to be proud of what we do as an agency. We strive to offer a service where the value of this service is so high that the client is genuinely pleased to be in partnership with us”. The company is already recognized as one of the leading agencies in the area and in 2015 was shortlisted for the ‘Best Estate Agency in South-East’ by the ESTAS.

Why Reigate? As a family, we have lived in the area since 1976. All our staff members live within the Reigate area and have children in the local schools. We all love Reigate and know it inside out!

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Beryl and Pegs

15 Holmesdale Rd - 01737 479887- www.berylandpegs.co.uk

Why us? Beryl and Pegs is a new café in Reigate positioned on Holmesdale Road opposite the train station.

We’ve been open now for 16 months and in that time we have established ourselves as the place to go for great coffee and a vast menu of delicious homemade food.

We are different: from our mismatched crockery and old fashioned cutlery to our renowned salt beef sandwiches and secret recipe scrambled eggs.

Beryl and Pegs has become the place to eat with its own unique atmosphere.

Why Reigate? Reigate has a great buzz about it, is a thriving town and offers something for everyone.

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Root and Prosper

07757 159965 - www.rootandprosper.co.uk

Why us? Root and Prosper Ltd organise high quality events from town centre events, Street Food markets & regular or seasonal markets to pop-up restaurants/food events, festivals & private parties.

We pride ourselves on having the best food traders, performers & suppliers who are all scrupulously vetted by us which makes for outstanding and truly memorable events.

Why Reigate? We love working in Reigate. It has so many incredible, unique and some downright quirky venues & spaces. The people who live and work in the town really do appreciate and support small independent businesses. It makes for running a business in this town a real pleasure.

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Ashworth & Bird Mens and Womenswear

17 High Street – 01737 244413 - www.ashworthandbird.com

Why us? Ashworth & Bird has been an integral part of Reigate’s High Street life for 15 years! Our high level of customer service and ultimate brand mix has resulted in our clients returning to us time and time again. We deliver a unique and enjoyable experience which enables our clients to obtain designer clothing without having to venture to the city.

Why Reigate? Reigate, originally a market town, radiates elegance and charm which is made even more special by the people that live, visit and work here. We love working in a town that is so full of history, culture and variety.

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