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January 1, 2019

Three inspirational Hackney residents have been recognised in the New Year Honour’s List 2019.

They include Phillip Noyes, the NSPCC’s chief advisor on child protection, publisher Jessica Kingsley who specialises in books on autism and Alicia Weston who teaches vulnerable people to cook and budget.

(Phillip Noyes)

Phillip Noyes receives an OBE for his outstanding public service. The former social wor...

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...

November 2, 2017

An indulgent stay at an eccentric hotel prompted former fashion buyer Sam Parsley to launch an online shop ‘The Curious Cockney’.

Sam, who lives in Mile End was previously a buyer for ASOS, River Island and Topshop and was taking time out to look after her two children. She was enjoying a weekend at the Crazy Bear in Beaconsfield.

“Before I went back to my room, which was all mirrors, crushed velvet...

October 16, 2017

There’s nothing conventional about Becky Cocker.

The 35-year-old former town planner lives on a canal boat and runs her business Carv from a studio in Hackney Wick, using age-old leather-working techniques to handmake exquisite, modern bags.

Every fortnight she and her partner chug off down the canal in search of another picturesque spot.

“Living on the edges of the city and having an alternative lif...

September 21, 2017

A sliding-doors encounter in Newington Green with a former school friend from Macedonia reignited a friendship through which one of Stokey’s most special restaurants was born.

Childhood friends Jana Miseva and Elena Smileva launched The Lacy Nook a year ago after raising £22,000 through a Kickstarter campaign – they also ploughed in all their savings and carried out much of the building work themse...

September 18, 2017

A chance trip to South America was all it took for Hedie Howells to quit work as a perinatal psychologist and pursue a new-found passion for granola.

The 29-year-old from Stoke Newington took up an offer of a long weekend in Brazil with her friend who worked for British Airways and ended up staying a month and falling in love with granola. When she returned, she couldn’t find anything to match its...

August 29, 2017

Businesses in Hackney are singing the praises of a new membership club which offers discounts to those who shop local.

The Local Buyers Club, which launched just a month ago, already offers discounts at around 70 of East London’s best local and independent businesses.

And traders say it’s already making a difference.

Geoff Platt, a founder of The Hackney Vet, said: “The month after joining the Local...

August 6, 2017

Foodies Enrico Pavoncelli and Sam Newman will stop at nothing in their quest for the perfect gelato.

The pair travelled around Sicily and Calabria to learn the secrets of making top-quality gelato from the Italian masters.

Three years on from a small unit in Broadway Market they run Hackney Gelato – producing more than 90 litres a day and supplying around 30 local shops and restaurants.

We came acros...

August 3, 2017

We’re determined to make a difference in the communities we serve.

That’s why one of our Charities of the Year is Hackney Food Bank. As part of our ongoing commitment to this amazing charity, for the next three days (until Sunday August 6th) for every membership we sell we’ll donate £5 of food to the Food Bank.

Last year Hackney Food Bank fed 3,458 people in crisis, almost a third were children. The...

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