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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Model business launches to challenge treatment of women

10 Mar , 2016  

A new modelling agency, launched two days before International Women’s Day, aims to challenge the treatment of women in the industry. With ten years of fashion experience between them, the founders of Linden Staub – Esther Kinnear-Derungs and Tara Davies – were disillusioned with how women were being treated. “We wanted to make a change,” Ms Davies explained. […]

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What do Hackney businesses want from George Osborne’s budget?

8 Mar , 2016  

As George Osborne prepares his red box for his eighth budget next week, small businesses are waiting to see what the Chancellor has up his sleeve for this year. Mr Osborne has so far kept his cards close to his chest– apart from showing his hand on pension reform before folding on Sunday night– but many commentators expect […]

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Tech City firms warn Brexit will cost London top talent

3 Mar , 2016  

Businesses in East London’s Tech City have spoken out against the possibility of Brexit ahead of the EU referendum this summer. Senior members of startups and e-commerce companies have blasted the prospect of Britain quitting the EU, which was given a major boost when London Mayor Boris Johnson joined the “Out” campaign last week. Brexit […]

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DripApp for coffee addicts is ‘Oyster card’ of cafés

2 Mar , 2016  

Take a walk along Kingsland Road or around the trendy parts of Stoke Newington and you’ll probably find yourself spoilt for choice for independent coffee shops, and now DripApp could enhance your experience. Many of these artisan coffee shops are now becoming early adopters of DripApp, an app for iPhone and Android that allows users […]

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Free bootcamp launched for Hackney’s small businesses

8 Oct , 2015  

An initiative to improve the people management skills of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) held its first event at the Hackney Business Bootcamp last Friday. The People Skills Initiative, created by the partnership of the JP Morgan Foundation and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), offers free advice to SMEs. François Landers, Head of […]

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How the budget will affect Hackney businesses

18 Mar , 2015  

This year’s budget was announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne today. Alongside national headline policies of lowering national debt, introducing a new pound coin and increasing GDP, the budget will affect Hackney businesses in several ways. Nationally, he has said he expects unemployment to fall to 5.3 per cent, as the number of […]

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Could Bitcoin be Hackney’s future?

22 Mar , 2014  

Katie Marston asks if Bitcoin is the answer to small business prayers?

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2013 budget did little to help the poorest, analyst says

21 Mar , 2013  

For Hackney, the real impact of this budget will be largely non-existent, IPPR specialist says. “It will do little to improve the prospects for the local economy, will not ease the financial pain of Hackney’s poor, and does nothing to address the long-term problems the area faces in terms of housing and youth unemployment.”

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Council plans set to banish loan firms

17 Mar , 2011  

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.

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