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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...

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 –...

July 16, 2019

(The team at Hackney Foodbank) 

Residents with severe mental health problems are being thrown on the scrapheap and left to a downward spiral of poverty under the new Universal Credit system.

That’s the verdict of the team at Hackney Foodbank who say poverty is the worst they’ve ever known it – they say most of the people going hungry and struggling to pay rent are those with conditions like depressi...

July 3, 2019

There’s beauty in the fact that London’s Magnificent Seven Cemeteries are teeming with life…

Not the rising from the dead, ghost and vampire kind of life (though there have been stories!) – but rare birds, bees, bats and butterflies, foxes, badgers and insects.

Far from being simply places of mourning, the best of the city’s cemeteries are now sites of natural importance, green lungs in the busy met...

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...

May 9, 2019

(Credit: @ketones6000 & @blankwallscollective) 

The starkest wake-up call on climate change the UK has ever known has been delivered in recent weeks.

We’ve entered a period of abrupt climate change. At a recent rally schoolgirl Greta Thunberg said: “We are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, with up to 200 species going extinct every single day.”

Last week the UK declared an Environment and Cl...

April 3, 2019

Three years ago, Vanessa Beni’s world came crumbling down when the breakdown of her relationship left her unable to provide for her and her young daughter.

They moved out of their penthouse and in with her parents and Vanessa sold everything she owned to make ends meet.  Her previously lavish lifestyle was over, and her life had reached a major crossroads.

For a while Vanessa, 32, enrolled at Identi...

March 29, 2019

(Founder of Kottu Lanka Mahen Perera, left. Shanti Perera, right) 

Sri Lankan food has been tipped as this year’s top food trend and the BBC’s Good Food Guide has praised market stall Kottu Lanka as one to try.

It’s run by Mahen Perera and his Uncle Shanti. Two years ago, Mahen was on holiday in Sri Lanka with some friends from the UK – when he saw how blown-away they were by the flavours being serv...

March 24, 2019

Five years ago, Lee Johnson and Sinead Campbell borrowed £10,000 from friends and family to launch BBQ Dreamz – serving Filipino-inspired street food.

Now, fresh from their success on the BBC’s My Million Pound Menu, the Kerb regulars are searching for a venue in Hackney or Islington to launch their own restaurant. The £350,000 investment they bagged through the show should make that a smoother jou...

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