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Budget 2023-24: Here for you when it matters most

Islington Council to create £1 million Hardship Fund in cost of living budget that ‘prioritises frontline services’

Islington Council has announced a £1million Hardship Fund as part of its budget proposals for the next financial year, boosting its substantial existing safety net that shields the borough’s most vulnerable households from the worst effects of the cost of living crisis.


Council to invest further £500,000 in supporting local people and businesses through the cost of living crisis this winter

Islington Council will use extra funding received from energy generation at the publicly-owned Edmonton EcoPark to provide additional support to its most vulnerable residents and businesses during the cost of living emergency this winter, including a new debt relief fund and support payments to low-income households.

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.

Cllr Asima Shaikh, third from right, is joined at the White Collar Factory by TownSq co-founder Mandy Weston, second from right, TownSq Community Director Jamie McGowan, far right, Bunhill councillors and colleagues.

Islington Council appoints Town Square Spaces to run new inclusive affordable workspaces and support programme for tech and digital start-ups

More than 200 aspiring entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities will get support with their small and micro businesses through three innovative and inclusive new affordable workspaces for the tech and digital sector.

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Islington Council to help give hundreds of workers a stronger stake in local economy

Islington Council is launching a new programme to help give hundreds of workers a stronger stake in the local economy through a new co-operative development agency – allowing them to steer and shape local businesses, and fairly share the profits.

Logo with the words Islington Together - For a more equal future

Islington Council launches innovative Inclusive Entrepreneurship Scheme for underrepresented groups

Islington Council is launching a business support scheme to help fledgling entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups make their business a success.

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.

Picture of Catherine McClen (BuddyHub); Professor Anthony Finkelstein (City, University of London); Cllr Asima Shaikh (Islington Council) and Joel Davis (Tutors United) at the launch of Better Space affordable workpace

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.