Category Archives: Business

London’s first black bookshop under threat from closure

London’s groundbreaking first black bookshop could close after 50 years unless it finds a significant cash injection. New Beacon Books, which opened in Finsbury Park in 1966 and once held literary salons with some of the world’s most famous black writers, poets and activists including C.L.R James, Stokely Carmichael and Linton Kwesi Johnson, now survives

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Your reactions to the budget

Philip Hammond delivered the budget on Wednesday with a number of key changes that will affect Islington residents. Important changes include the sugar tax being set at 24p per litre for sweet drinks, a rise to £7.50 for the living wage in April and the tax-free income bracket raised to £11,500. Local residents told us

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Rates rise could be final nail in the coffin for businesses

Phillip Hammond promised eagerly-anticipated relief for Islington’s small businesses in yesterday’s budget announcement. Business rates are set to soar by 56% in some wards, making Islington one of the the hardest hit boroughs in the country. Hammond announced three measures to alleviate the pain:           • Businesses losing ‘small business rate

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The history of Chapel Market

Islington’s Chapel Market officially dates back to the 1860s but it’s likely they were serving pie and mash there long before. It’s now traditionally considered a home to butchers, bakers and cheesemongers. The first handful of food shops and non-retail businesses opened in 1841, including a tradesmen and a copperplate printer. But the street remained

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Farmers stand up to the supermarkets

Urban Islington wouldn’t usually be the first place that comes to mind when buying farm-fresh fruit, meats and cheeses sold by local farmers themselves. Instead you’d expect to find the Tesco Express and Sainsbury’s Local selling imported goods to residents. Food Assembly, a network of food sellers who launched their Islington branch on Tuesday, looks

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Bloody brilliant! The company making money out of menstruation

An Islington company is turning women’s periods into a successful business. “The idea came out of my own frustration with the way tampons and pads are bought,” says DAME’s founder, Celia Pool. “I saw the whole manner of how other utility products come through the door, things likes contact lenses, coffee etc. and realised that

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Google’s massive King’s Cross HQ to be built by Lendlease Construction

Google has struck a £650m deal with Lendlease Construction to build its new London headquarters, a 10 storey structure set to tower over King’s Cross. The Europe-based branch of the company beat competition from the likes of Mace, Multiplex and Sir Robert McAlpine to secure the contract.   Joe Borrett, Google’s EMEA director of real

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Crossrail will make Farringdon one of London’s “best-connected economic hubs”, business leaders say

Crossrail is set to turn Farringdon into one of the capital’s best-connected economic hubs, business leaders say. One hundred local businesses, including Alexander McQueen and Kurt Geiger, are currently voting on a proposal for the Farringdon and Clerkenwell area to become a Business Improvement District (BID). If the majority vote ‘yes’, a mandatory levy will

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Tufnell Park station reopens after nine-month closure

Tufnell Park tube station has reopened after closing for renovation nine months ago. Tufnell Park station has now reopened. — Northern line (@northernline) March 4, 2016 The tube station was shut on 8 June 2015 so that TfL could renovate two “obsolete” lifts, a decision that angered many local businesses. Some small businesses had to take out loans in

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Food, vintage and more at Islington’s best markets

Markets are great for their atmosphere. Whether you are looking for something unique, or for fresh ingredients for a meal, these are the places to go. In Islington, you can find vintage clothing, jewelry, tableware and – who knows – small treasures hidden between crystal glass and postcards. If you were wondering what are the

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