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Stokey Local campaigners lose judicial review against Hackney Council – the end of the independent trader?

Stokey Local campaigners lose judicial review against Hackney Council – the end of the independent trader?

The  Stokey Local campaigners  lost their battle against Hackney Council in court yesterday, 24 October. The campaigners argued that the council’s decision to grant permission to Newmark to build a new Sainsbury’s along with 53 flats was unlawful. The claim was dismissed by Mrs Justice Patterson in less than a…

Shoreditch community concerned over hotel boom

Shoreditch community concerned over hotel boom

Shoreditch is expecting a hotel boom with seven new hotels set to open in the area over the next two years. Many of these will be luxurious or “boutique” hotels, expanding tourists’ choice of upmarket accommodations in the diverse East End. Even though the arrival of new hotels is usually…

Stokey Local and Hackney in High Court battle

Stokey Local and Hackney in High Court battle

The development of a new Sainsbury’s supermarket in Stoke Newington is being debated in the High Court right now (14-16 October). The people behind the Stokey Local campaign will argue that the council’s decision to grant permission to Newmark to build a new Sainsbury’s and 53 flats was unlawful. The…

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Local activists will be joining a rally at Westminster on Saturday as part of a Europe wide protest against a treaty that would effectively open up publicly owned institutions to take-over by American private sector giants. The TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership) is a new trade deal between the…

HMV heads back to Croydon after 14-month absence

HMV heads back to Croydon after 14-month absence

  HMV the music and film retailer is due to re-open in Croydon on September 4. The new store will be located at 38 – 40 North End, the same street it traded in for over 20 years before closing 14 months ago. HMV was a victim of the economic…

Croydon student wins scholarship for farming app

Croydon student wins scholarship for farming app

Croydon resident Nasir Yammama has won a golden mentoring opportunity after creating an app to help Nigerian farmers facing a food crisis in the country. Yammama, 24, from Nigeria, is a student at Middlesex University and has lived in Croydon for the past two years. He beat thousands of applicants…

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…

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