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June 6, 2019

(Credit: Sarah Ainslie)

There’s an uprising happening against crippling commercial rents and it’s being led by little East End businesses.

When Leni Jones heard that Network Rail was planning to hike the rent by 364% at her family’s Ducati motorcycle repair company Rosso Corse, which operates under the arches at Bethnal Green, she took six months out of her day job at an accountancy firm and threw h...

February 5, 2019

Landlords demanding astronomical rent increases from small businesses are eroding East London’s communities and way of life.

That’s the claim by The East End Trades Guild, which represents more than 250 independent businesses in the area. They say one trader was driven to suicide, others have left town after decades in business here and many more have huge worries for the future.

One Bethnal Green b...

October 11, 2018

Landlords demanding astronomical rent increases from small businesses are eroding East London’s communities and way of life.

That’s the claim by The East End Trades Guild, which represents more than 250 independent businesses in the area. They say one trader was driven to suicide, others have left town after decades in business here and many more have huge worries for the future.

One Bethnal Green b...

November 30, 2017

East End traders are calling on the public to make their Christmas shopping experience more authentic with a special weekend celebrating independent businesses.

Some of the area’s most colourful characters are taking part in East End Indie Weekend on December 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

“Our high streets and markets are bursting with creative talent and unique products. They offer a very fresh alternative to...

September 20, 2017

 (Picture credit: Marcus Duran)

One determined East London woman has rallied traders, saved small businesses from closing and taken on the establishment.

When Krissie Nicolson read about paper bag seller Paul Gardner, whose landlord had u-turned on a crippling rent rise due to huge negative publicity, she realised there was scope to help other small businesses.

Paul introduced her to other traders, t...

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