Category Archives: Business

What would Brexit mean for small businesses? Islington Now investigates

Islington residents are moderately Europhile, according to polling company YouGov, but local business owners may not be voting to stay in the EU come June. The Chamber of Commerce plans to canvas its members “in the coming months” – but Islington Now found a huge range of opinions after speaking to small business owners. Rochana

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Meet the owner of Islington’s new independent business, MagCulture

What inspired you to open magCulture? In other European cities there are spectacular magazine shops. If you know where to look in London you can find some great magazines, but I felt there needed to be a dedicated shop with specialist and rarer magazines. I came to working in publishing through design and what made

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Peas and peace: meet the good Samaritan of Indian Veg curry house

Scroll down for video Walking into Indian Veg buffet is like stepping into a badly-formatted website. Clip-art festooned propaganda is plastered over every available surface, extolling the physical, mental and sexual benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. “Research suggests vegetarian food can be really orgasmic,” reads one poster; “you say tomato… we say anti-ageing,” another.  “I

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LGBTI accolade goes to Finsbury Park barber

Greygory Vass, co-founder of Open Barbers, has been recognised in this year’s Independent on Sunday’s Rainbow List, a celebration of the 101 most influential people in the LGBTI community. The Finsbury Park local made number 95 on the annual list for his hairdressing salon with “a queer friendly attitude” which he began after his own

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Posh fish rides wave with third outlet

Upmarket fish and chip shop Suttons and Sons recently opened its third outlet on Essex Road, Canonbury. After working as a fishmonger for many years, Danny Sutton opened his first shop in 2007 in Stoke Newington and one in Shoreditch not long after. He credits his quality products for his success. “I get down the

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Big Issue sets up offices in Islington

The national charity closed its Vauxhall doors after 15 years to open headquarters in Finsbury Park on Monday 26 October. “When we moved to Vauxhall it was a lot cheaper than it is nowadays,” said the foundation’s CEO Stephen Robertson. “It was unaffordable for us to stay, as much as we would have liked to.” The search

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Housmans bookshop meets crowdfunding target

The shop, which celebrated its seventieth birthday on Monday 26 October, raised more than £3,000 to expand into the cellar and provide a wider selection of books for customers. Co-manager Catherine Barter said: “Its really gratifying that lots of people are really excited about the shop. We’ve started the development already, and hopefully it will be

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Problem venue refused alcohol licence

A Chinese entrepreneur, previously cautioned with illegally selling alcohol, has had a licence request denied for his new restaurant, which has been described as a ‘problem venue’. Restaurant owner Wei Hai Xie’s application to serve alcohol at Chinese restaurant Old Friend on Caledonian Road until midnight at weekends was rejected by Islington Council on 20

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Town hall finance chief says council should have power to enforce minimum wage

The council should have powers to punish businesses that fail to pay the minimum wage, a senior Labour councillor has said. Andy Hull, Islington Council’s executive member for finance, said: “Councils can’t do a great deal without additional power…even if we think there is significant exploitation in our patch.” “What I’ve been pushing for is

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House sitting in Islington is on the rise, so look at these lovely cats.

Successful young professionals are driving a house sitting trend in Islington, where more residents than in any other London borough have signed up to let strangers look after their house while they are away. House Sit Match is a social network that connects home owners with home sitters, and two years after its launch there are more

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