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July 16, 2020

We often see the slogan "Shop Local" but what are the actual benefits of doing so? Here's what we think.

If you're looking for lovely independent businesses in your neighbourhood check out our sister site www.myvirtualneighbourhood.com.

1. BETTER FOR THE LOCAL ECONOMY

For every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business, an estimated 63p stays in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger b...

March 24, 2020

Virtual Neighbourhoods are rolling out across London to help people find out which small businesses are providing vital supplies during the coronavirus lockdown. 

Area by area, the new website www.myvirtualneighbourhood.com highlights local businesses offering home delivery of essentials (and treats) - it’s proving to be a real lifeline to residents stuck at home and is generating much-needed trade...

March 18, 2020

Faced with a prolonged lockdown at home with the children as Coronavirus wreaks havoc, this list of activities and amazing free learning resources could save your bacon!

It’s been compiled by teachers and parents who usually homeschool, covers a broad range of topics from maths, geography, science and literature to fun craft activities, cookery and exercises you can enjoy with your kids at home.

We...

March 13, 2020

As small businesses brace themselves for the full impact of Coronavirus, we’ve been finding out what they can do to stay afloat.

Many cafes, restaurants and shops are already suffering because fewer people are going out. But what happens if the government forces them to close, as has happened in Italy? And, if they stay open, what steps can they take to cope with the inevitable downturn in trade.

Be...

February 7, 2020

Staff at The Bread Station thought it was gold when Spandau Ballet’s Martin and Gary Kemp popped in and ordered their "Spandau" pastry.

The London Fields bakery, which uses traditional Danish baking methods, has been serving the Spandauer (a sweet Danish pastry) since they opened.

A member os staff at the bakery said: “This was completely out of the blue, but it was GOLD! So great to have them in th...

January 28, 2020

Bare Brew – Wanstead’s award-winning café - is a real family affair.

When Lisa Hampson-Isteed quit her job as a sound engineer in reality TV shows to set up a business with her fitness instructor wife Gemma, their families were right behind them.

Lisa’s dad (an engineer) made the tables out of old scaffolding planks, Gemma’s mum made the cushions out of coffee sacks, and the whole family mucked in a...

January 22, 2020

(Credit: @ketones6000 & @blankwallscollective) 

Now, says Sir David Attenborough is “the moment of crisis.”

The United Nations predicts that millions of refugees will have legitimate grounds to flee their homes because the impacts of climate change puts their lives at risk.

Uncontrollable fires, rising sea levels, crop failures, mass animal extinction – climate change is playing out before our eyes....

January 20, 2020

A popular magic café in Stoke Newington is expanding its programme of events.

The Twisted Fork, which launched on the High Street as the world’s first magic themed coffee bar in the summer of 2018, is shifting its focus to parties, workshops and shows.

The coffee bar will continue to trade on limited hours, offering cakes, coffee and magic between 10am and 6pm from Thursday through till Sunday, clos...

January 13, 2020

When Megan Adams started to cut down on single use plastics it became something of an obsession.

Faced with a big commute to her nearest zero waste shop, she decided to ditch her career as a management consultant and set one up. 

A year after it opened, Re:Store in Hackney Downs Studios is going from strength to strength and recently joined forces with plastic-free retailer Unwrpd to offer an online...

December 19, 2019

It has been a record year for a Winter Toy Appeal that delivers gifts to children experiencing extreme poverty in North and East London.

This year the appeal, which is run by the Local Buyers Club in partnership with Location Location, has collected enough toys for around 4,500 children and a massive amount of food for Hackney Foodbank.

Vicky Bibiris, who helps to run the appeal, said: “It was touch...

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