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Young entrepreneurs cash in on ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event

Young entrepreneurs cash in on ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event

Three young entrepreneurs have been awarded £1000 after winning a “Dragon’s Den” style event organised by Sanctuary Housing and Hackney Homes. Jace Joseph, 24, Hannah Akinbode, 25, and Charlie Robson, 24, impressed judges with a trio of unique start-up ideas to take home a cash prize provided by Sanctuary Group’s…

‘Haircuts of Hackney’ showcases borough’s diversity

‘Haircuts of Hackney’ showcases borough’s diversity

It is already becoming the encyclopaedia of hipster hairstyles. From the high top to pig tails, artist Daniel Frost’s new book ‘Haircuts of Hackney’ illustrates the creativity of personal style in Hackney. “I like the theme of it being an encyclopaedia. It’s a nice way of looking at it,” Frost…

Pop-up festival brings Swedish forest to Hackney

Pop-up festival brings Swedish forest to Hackney

Scandinavian themed pop-up festival the Kopparberg Urban Forest has returned to Hackney for the second year running. The free pop-up festival started on Wednesday in Hackney Wick and will run through to July 12, featuring a range of British and Scandinavian musicians and DJs, such as Scandinavian group Summer Heart…

Planners back Hackney Marshes pavilion plan

Planners back Hackney Marshes pavilion plan

Plan for a £3.6m sports pavilion and associated car parking have been given the go–ahead by Hackney planners despite being subject to a public inquiry later this month. The plans, approved by a planning sub-committee, have met with opposition from local community groups but were welcomed by cricket clubs. The…

Hackney and Lewisham rank third for eviction notices

Hackney and Lewisham rank third for eviction notices

Residents in Hackney and Lewisham are the third most at risk in the country of losing their homes through debt, according to the charity Shelter. One in 45 households in Hackney or Lewisham were faced with possession claims last year, according to a new ‘hotspots’ list. Croydon and Tower Hamlets…

Councils visit letting agents to make sure books are open

Councils visit letting agents to make sure books are open

Residential letting agents in Tower Hamlets and Hackney are being monitoring by the local authorities in both areas to  check their compliance with new legislation which requires all fees and costs associated with rental agreements to be clearly available to prospective tenants. The recent addition to the Consumer Rights Act…

Hackney bows to critics and removes ‘rough sleepers’ from anti social behaviour order

Hackney bows to critics and removes ‘rough sleepers’ from anti social behaviour order

Hackney Council has bowed to pressure from charities and community groups and removed references to ‘rough sleepers’ from the Public Space Protection order that came into effect earlier this month. The original measure attracted a petition of opposition which has been signed by more than 80,000 people, including pop star Ellie…

Busy Hackney locals encouraged to volunteer

Busy Hackney locals encouraged to volunteer

A range of  volunteering opportunities for people short of time, including ongoing support for formerly homeless people and providing mentors to children, were on show during this week’s volunteer fair in Hackney. Read a Goldsmiths student’s firs hand account of his volunteering experience for the Red Cross. The fair, which took place on 2…

Enthusiasts gather in Hackney for the fourth annual cycling conference

Enthusiasts gather in Hackney for the fourth annual cycling conference

Cyclists campaigners and enthusiasts from all over London and the world will be gathering in the borough today for the fourth Hackney Cycling Conference. “We want to be the best place in the UK for cycling,’’ said a spokesman for the Conference, which takes place at Hackney Picture House. This…

Ellie Goulding attacks Hackney for controversial measure which critics say ‘criminalises’ homeless people

Ellie Goulding attacks Hackney for controversial measure which critics say ‘criminalises’ homeless people

Pop star Ellie Goulding has joined in the protest over the Public Space Protection Order that came into effect in large parts of Hackney last month which critics say penalises homeless people. The measure aims to crack down on anti social behaviour, including begging and rough sleeping. In a series of…