COMMENT, MONEY

Budget 2017: Welcome relief for small businesses, but a kick in the teeth for the self-employed

9 Mar , 2017  

This was a Budget spun by a Government that claims to be listening to the struggles faced by ordinary working people. The reality, however, is that Hackney residents are unlikely to benefit from many of the changes Chancellor Philip Hammond has pledged to introduce. In his first and last spring budget, Hammond bowed to political […]

MONEY

‘Crazy’ business rates will lead to exodus in Hackney

7 Mar , 2017  

“Unfair” business rate hikes could force out small enterprises, Hackney traders say. Following reassessments by central government, Hackney rates are set to be hit with an average increase of 46 per cent — the second highest in the country — says the local council. Local traders now fear that this will hit small businesses particularly […]

MONEY, NEWS

Chef lives on breadline to prove it can be done healthily

24 Nov , 2016  

A chef is reducing his personal weekly food spend to £20, to publicise a new healthy eating charity in Haggerston. Steve Wilson, 30, is a co-founder of Make Kit, a charity which sells subsidised healthy recipe kits to poor families for £1.25 a meal. The scheme will be launched in Fellows Court, Haggerston, before Mr […]

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MONEY

YouTube threatens future of Clapton Beauty Parlour

18 Mar , 2016  

Clapton Beauty Parlour has survived both the Blitz and modern Hackney’s gentrification during the eighty-six years since it opened. But in the era of YouTube Marcia Manning, the daughter of the parlour’s founder Emmanuel Manning, is not sure how long the salon can survive. A family business Ms Manning believes the salon’s success is founded […]

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MONEY, NEWS

Hackney Fashion Hub ‘does nothing for Hackney’

18 Mar , 2016  

Hackney Fashion Hub might bring the world’s luxury fashion market into the borough but it is not clear how far the local community will feel its benefits. Andrew Simmons, the strategy director of Hackney Fashion Hub, said only 10 per cent of workspaces within the project will be affordable for local designers and only half […]

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MONEY, NEWS, TOP STORY

How does the budget affect Hackney? The borough’s MPs are unimpressed

18 Mar , 2016  

Meg Hillier warned people in Hackney they face “more hidden pain” after George Osborne delivered  a budget which she claimed underlined the government’s neglect of “people at the rung of the ladder”. In what he termed “a budget for the next generation”, Chancellor George Osborne announced a sugar tax on soft drinks to help tackle […]

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FEATURES, MONEY

Spud Brothers spread love of potatoes in Hackney

18 Mar , 2016  

A “potato-obsessed” chef is launching a stall this Sunday at Chatsworth Road Market, selling all manner of spud-based dishes. Max Grimes, co-founder of the Spud Brothers food stall, told Hackney Post he was tired of seeing the market selling the same products packaged in different ways: “We saw a gap in the Hackney’s food market. […]

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MONEY

SMEs in Dalston face struggle to survive

17 Mar , 2016  

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Dalston may not survive if the government does not increase spending, the financial director of Hackney Co-Operative Developments has said. Anthonia Onigbode, the financial director of Hackney Co-Operative Developments, said: “The government are not interested in helping SMEs. “They keep advertising that they’re [supporting] small businesses, but in reality, […]

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FEATURES, MONEY, Photos & Video

VIDEO: Take a tour of the new Old Castle Cinema

16 Mar , 2016  

The whirring of the film reel, plush seats and the heady strains of a pipe organ: all are hallmarks of a previous golden age of cinema. And now one company is trying to bring that experience back. The creator of Pillow Cinema, a company that creates unique cinema experiences, is now focusing on bringing the […]

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MONEY, NEWS

What do Hackney Post readers want from the budget?

16 Mar , 2016  

George Osborne has unveiled the new budget. What are your hopes and fears about his plans for Hackney? [interaction id=”56e854a0703e265d183fe14c”] Featured image credit: Lee Davy Like our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram.

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