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Grants to help Islington’s small businesses go greener

Small businesses in Islington can now apply for £5,000 circular economy grants to help them minimise waste and try new sustainable practices. 

Photo from a LIFT your career event hosted at Google HQ

How a pioneering project is bringing tech jobs to more people in Islington

Old Street is one of the business success stories of the UK. Companies working in tech, creative and ‘knowledge’ businesses are clustered together in the busy streets of south Islington and neighbouring boroughs. These sectors drive much of the UK economy. In London, the tech sector is growing more than two and a half times faster than the UK average and contributes £184bn to the British economy. 

From L-R: Adrian Serrano (Street Food Trader of the Year) Mayor Gary Heather, John Papworth (Market Trader of the Year) and Santa Claus

Greengrocer and paella specialist recognised as Islington’s Market Traders of the Year

The winners of this year’s Market Trader of the Year competition were announced at the council’s festive event at Chapel Market on Saturday 2 December.  

Sonam Shawo - trader at Chapel Market

Cast your vote for Islington’s Market Trader of the Year

Islington Council is asking shoppers to nominate their favourite stall holders for this year’s Market Trader of the Year competition.

Camden Passage, Islington -lit up with festive lights

Get ready for the seasonal festivities in Islington this winter

Islington will be transformed into a glittering winter wonderland this month as the borough’s high streets switch on their festive lights.  

Staff and partners pictured at the opening of West Library Youth Employment Hub alongside local councillors, Santiago Bell-Bradford, Lead Member for Inclusive Economy and Jobs; Councillor Michelline Safi Ngongo, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families; Councillor Una O’Halloran, Lead Member for Homes and Communities and Councillor Rowena Champion, Lead Member for Environment, Air Quality and Transport

Two new Youth Employment Hubs open their doors to help young people get into work, training and education

Islington Council has transformed two formerly unused spaces into dedicated venues to support local young people into employment, training and education.  

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Action to protect Islington's high streets from being lost to expensive homes

Islington Council has taken action to protect the borough’s high streets after the Government brought in new planning rules making it easier for property developers to turn commercial properties into expensive homes.

Artist performing at the announcement event in Westminster

Archway made a Creative Enterprise Zone to boost the local economy

Archway has been designated by the Mayor of London as a Creative Enterprise Zone, a status which affirms the council’s commitment to boosting the area’s creative economy.

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Get into the festive spirit in Islington this winter

Islington will be transformed into a twinkling winter wonderland this month as the borough’s high streets switch on their festive lights. There will be loads of fun activities and great opportunities to support the fantastic small businesses in the borough.

Cllr Santiago Bell-Bradford (third from left), at the report launch with affordable workspace tenants, operators and members of the council’s inclusive economy team.

Islington’s pioneering affordable workspace programme creates £1.24million in social value, boosting economy and helping budding entrepreneurs from often excluded communities

Islington’s ground-breaking affordable workspace programme – which gives budding entrepreneurs from often excluded communities the tools to thrive, helping to make the borough a more equal place – has delivered more than £1.24million worth of uplift to the local economy in its first two years.

The council's Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses in Islington that have not previously received Retail Relief payments.

Thousands of local firms urged to apply now for Islington Council Covid-19 support scheme that could cancel out Business Rates bills

Up to 4,000 small and medium-sized businesses in Islington could effectively have their Business Rates bills cancelled out this year, thanks to a £17million council scheme designed to help those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cllr Santiago Bell-Bradford [Cropped image]

Islington Council extends bursary scheme to help hundreds more parents back into work or training

Up to 300 parents and carers of children are set to benefit from an expanded bursary scheme designed by Islington Council to help them back into work or training, as part of its efforts to create a more equal and accessible local economy that works for everyone.