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Shopkeeper fined after selling knives to underage teen

Shopkeeper fined after selling knives to underage teen

A Norbury shopkeeper has been fined after admitting selling a set of razor sharp knives to a 14-year-old boy a month after being sent a letter offering training about age-restricted sales. Shakab Hakime, who owns Norbury Discount Store in London Road admitted the offence at Croydon Magistrate’ Court on Tuesday. …

Conference promotes role of women in technology

Conference promotes role of women in technology

A conference focusing on the role of women in technology is taking place this evening in south London, hosted by Croydon Tech City, a community of digital developers and creatives. The Women in Tech conference is part of the London Technology Week and is being held at the Croydon Conference…

Does London Need its own Minimum Wage?

Does London Need its own Minimum Wage?

To misquote L. P. Hartley, ‘London is like a foreign country, they do things differently there’. Analysis by the Office of National Statistics in 2012 demonstrated that the structure of the capital’s economy is substantially different from other regions, including those of the south-east. The city is measured at 0.42…

Startup business performance lags behind other boroughs

Startup business performance lags behind other boroughs

1,415 new businesses opened in 2012, but the borough lagged 28 per cent behind the entrepreneurship of the London and ELL averages. Lewisham was also worst affected by the recession. Between 2009 and 2010, the London average for startups rose steadily by 4 per cent rise. Lewisham however, showed a…

Business birth rate well ahead of London and ELL average

Business birth rate well ahead of London and ELL average

Tower Hamlets was the fifth most entrepreneurial borough in London in 2012, far outperforming the other ELL boroughs with 2,395 new businesses. The borough consistently ranked above the ELL and London average for business birth rate since 2004, making it a particularly dynamic area of growth for start-ups. New businesses…

Fast growing technology hub attracts new businesses

Fast growing technology hub attracts new businesses

Croydon is the fastest growing technology hub after Hackney. The Information and Communication sector is the third largest sector in Croydon, and since 2011, it has grown 25 per cent, against the London average of 17 per cent and the UK average of 11 per cent. The 185 businesses employ…

Borough leads the way for art and property businesses

Borough leads the way for art and property businesses

The creative arts industry in Hackney is the borough’s second fastest growing sector and is the largest of all the ELL boroughs. The business structure of Hackney has changed significantly since 2001, with a general decline in manufacturing and wholesale industries. Between 2000 and 2003, Hackney experienced the third highest…

Alternative tour of Canary Wharf challenges banking

Alternative tour of Canary Wharf challenges banking

“Beware! This building is cursed,” yell Holly Roughan and Max Wakefield, their audience silenced into shock. Regular tours of London include churches, palaces and even the deepest dungeons, but the duo stand in front of a cathedral of moneymaking, criticising its high priests. Unusually for people dressed in top hats…

New scheme to support Croydon social enterprises

New scheme to support Croydon social enterprises

A government-backed business scheme to support local social enterprises launched in Croydon this week. The program is being run by SE-Assist, a business support organisation that launched a similar scheme in Brighton & Hove last year. Successful applicants to the program will receive an interest free loan between £10,000 and…

Eat your way “Around the World” at Dalston pop-up

Eat your way “Around the World” at Dalston pop-up

Dalston restaurant Merci Marie is hosting an international pop-up inspired by the Jules Verne’s cult novel Around the World in 80 days. The event, held at Fitzroy House, Abbot Street, this evening will include delicacies from across the globe with a French twist. Head-chef Marie Gonford says: “The idea was to…

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