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Outside the FC Designer Collective store,(from left) Boaz Otudeko, Sarah Hill, Cllr Asima Shaikh, Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway and Tricia Blake-2

Small Business Saturday: spending money locally this festive season

With Christmas on the horizon, Islington Council is encouraging residents to spend their money at local, independent businesses to keep our high streets thriving.

Launch of Islington's Better Space affordable workspace (L-R) - Catherine McClen (BuddyHub); Prof Anthony Finklestein (City, University of London); Cllr Asima Shaikh (Islington Council) and Joel Davis (Tutors United)

Better Space affordable workspace opens for business in major boost for Islington’s inclusive economy

Better Space - a new affordable workspace in Islington that supports local social enterprises and small businesses, and helps residents gain vital skills and experience - is open and thriving.

Pictured in the new FC Designer Workspace are, from left, Cllr Asima Shaikh, Executive Member for Inclusive Economy & Jobs, Jenny Holloway, Chief Executive of Fashion-Enter, Jennifer Sutton, Development Director at Fashion-Enter, Jules Pipe, London's Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, and local designer-maker Tricia Blake of Diva Choice.

Islington Council and fashion co-operative open unique affordable workspace supporting local fashion talent in latest chapter of community wealth-building campaign

Local designer-makers and residents with an interest in garment production received a boost this week with the opening of a brand-new and unique affordable workspace in Finsbury Park.

Wings founder Rich Mason and Cllr Asima Shaikh (R) launch new ethical food delivery service Wings

Islington Council backs new ethical food delivery co-operative Wings

Islington Council is supporting Wings - a new, innovative, ethical food delivery app - as part of its commitment to building a local economy that works for everyone.

Pop Will Eat Itself performing onstage in Islington.  Photo credit: Ila Desai

Council awards £1.8m to Islington pubs and music, comedy, theatre and dance venues

Islington Council has awarded £1.8 million in extra funding for almost 100 pubs and music, comedy, theatre and dance venues hit by ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

Pop Will Eat Itself performing onstage in Islington.  Photo credit: Ila Desai

Extra help for Islington pubs and music, comedy, theatre and dance venues affected by Covid-19 restrictions

Islington Council is today (Tuesday, 25 May) launching extra financial help for pubs and music, comedy, theatre and dance venues hit by Covid-19 restrictions.

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Islington Council launches Challenging Inequality Strategy to create a fairer, more equal borough

Islington Council has launched a new strategy aimed at tackling inequality, racism and injustice in the borough for both staff and residents, in line with the council’s commitment to building a fairer Islington where everyone, regardless of background, has the opportunity to realise their potential and enjoy a good quality of life.

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Islington Council leads new £1.6m We Are Cally project to unlock potential of the area

Islington Council is leading a £1.6million project to create new opportunities, improve local facilities and unlock the potential in the Cally area for thousands of residents – starting with conversations on improvements to a community centre and West Library.

Members of the community sewing groups who are part of the Face Masks Project with Cllr Asima Shaikh (centre)

Islington Council helps local sewing heroes in fight against coronavirus

Grass-roots community sewing groups have banded together to produce more than 500 face masks for vulnerable residents in Islington during the lockdown, learning vital skills that have opened up employment and training opportunities.