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October 10, 2019

Two organisations dedicated to making life better in Islington have teamed up.

The Local Buyers Club, a discount card promoting independent businesses, is working closely with Islington Giving, an organisation helping those experiencing poverty, mental illness or isolation.

For every new member who joins the Local Buyers Club with the code ISGIVE, they’ll donate £5 to Islington Giving to support loc...

October 10, 2019

Two organisations dedicated to making life better in Islington have teamed up.

The Local Buyers Club, a discount card promoting independent businesses, is working closely with Islington Giving, an organisation helping those experiencing poverty, mental illness or isolation.

For every new member who joins the Local Buyers Club with the code ISGIVE, they’ll donate £5 to Islington Giving to support loc...

October 2, 2019

Generations of the Shah family have believed in the healing power of herbs and spices – using them to maintain well-being and cure minor ailments.

Urban Veda's founding father, Manganlal Shah was an Ayurveda practitioner and became one of the first to bring the ancient Indian healing philosophy to the UK. He was fascinated to learn how these exotic herbs could treat internal ailments and brought h...

October 1, 2019

As a little boy growing up in Grimsby, the fishing industry was a huge part of Lewis Sparkes’ life.

His grandfather was a fisherman aboard a massive trawler – heading out to the North Sea for a week at a time and his father still runs a fish processing factory ‘Jaines Seafood’. Lewis’ childhood memories are of waking at the crack of dawn and heading to the docks with his dad for the fish auctions. 

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September 24, 2019

Three former colleagues who left their city careers to pursue a life of fashion and art are reuniting to showcase their latest collections.

Designer Julie Edinburgh of womenswear label 51 North London, milliner Lisa Taylor of Taylor Red London and fine artist Philip Williams all worked together at a bank in the City. They’re holding an exhibition and pop-up shop in Redchurch St this week to launch...

September 17, 2019

This man, Joseph Beck, is the reason Clissold Park wasn’t redeveloped – despite battling cancer of the tongue, he campaigned tirelessly to save it.

His motivation, he said, was so: “children could take their fist steps on the grass of Clissold Park and one day play under the sun.”

This weekend a special event is being held to mark the park’s 130th anniversary.  The story of its survival is the stuff...

September 16, 2019

It has been a life-changing few years for candlemaker Caroline Buckley.

In the two years since she launched House of Buckley, she’s gone from handmaking candles in her kitchen in Stoke Newington and selling via her website and a stall on Broadway Market to opening her first shop and running candle-making workshops.

She’s one of over 20 businesses setting up shop at The Factory in Shacklewell Lane –...

September 10, 2019

Six-year-old Pearse Coyne has just sold lots of his toys and donated half the profits to Hackney Food Bank.

He used the money to buy a trailer full of food for people experiencing poverty.

His mum Anne said: “We’d talked a lot about poverty and about how unfair it is that some families are struggling to afford food.  So, when it came to having a clear out of toys, he was keen to sell them and help o...

September 6, 2019

It’s Zero Waste Week and, as we make a concerted effort not to buy products with plastic, we’re noticing some pretty wonderful side-effects.

With a more eco approach to shopping comes a need to be prepared: to remember to bring reusable bags and containers, perhaps to walk a little further – there’s a slight loss of convenience and a need to deviate away from familiar products and try something new...

July 28, 2019

(The Pantry Underwear team. Elly Rusted: centre

It’s amazing how weather dependent the underwear business is!

“When the sun’s out and shoppers haven’t the hassle of peeling off layers to try stuff on – and when people start to think about wearing revealing things, that’s when we’re at our busiest!”, said Elly Rusted who owns The Pantry Underwear on Camden Passage.

The 30-year-old set up The Pantry...

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