Clapton bookshop in the running for national award

A Clapton bookshop that opened in 2008 has been nominated for Independent Bookseller of the Year

YouTube threatens future of Clapton Beauty Parlour

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,...

“You’re Communist Fascists!” shouts Conservative Councillor at Tax Protestors

Protesters were forcibly ejected from a council meeting at Hackney town hall last night after councillors voted to increase council tax for the first time in 10 years. Before the meeting security guards surrounded Conservative...

Latest Shoreditch power-cut ‘terrible’ for businesses

EDF apologise for the second power-cut in three weeks as businesses suffer.

Council plans set to banish loan firms

Payday lending has become a booming industry that offers short-term loans at high rates of interest, often advertising APRs above 2,000 per cent.

Chef lives on breadline to prove it can be done healthily

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...

Hackney citizens are the UK’s lowest savers

Figures published by Halifax show that Hackney savers have the lowest UK saver balances.

Hackney businesses advised on how to beat the credit crunch

Businesses in Hackney have been given guidance on riding out the recession by an award-winning business guru.

Hackney Downs more affordable than its neighbours

"The closer to Islington the let, the higher the price," says a real estate agent. Hackney Downs is just out of area for higher income clients
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Farmer-owned nut business takes home Hackney fairtrade award

Shoreditch-based Liberation Foods is flying the flag for fairtrade goods. Thomas Macaulay finds out more Fairtrade is big business in Hackney. The council itself has had fairtrade status since 2008, and this year they added a...

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Gangs exploiting children for drug deals

Gang members are using children to do drug deals because they will receive a lower punishment if caught, according to a Hackney Council report.