Trade groups representing small businesses across London have called on chancellor Rishi Sunak to help thousands of firms who are missing out on government support.

Broadway Market will have increased police presence this weekend to make sure people stick to social distancing guidance – after huge crowds gathered to enjoy cocktails in the weekend sunshine.

Hackney Council has rubbished claims there has been a lack of transparency regarding the plans to redevelop Ridley Road Shopping Village.

All Ridley Road Market traders are now accepting vouchers to help low income families throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Hundreds of Hackney businesses say they can’t access the coronavirus support packages because they are the wrong type of firm or the rateable value of their premises is too high.

A former care home mental health worker who opened his first restaurant in January is spending the coronavirus lockdown dishing up thousands of meals for vulnerable people.

Businesses in Hackney in need of government coronavirus grants are being urged to fill out an online form so Hackney Council can hand over the cash.

An app that allows people to get “anything” delivered from nearby shops by people passing by is proving popular during the coronavirus lockdown.

Controversial plans to redevelop Ridley Road Shopping Village were meant to be decided on by councillors on Wednesday but the meeting was postponed.

Two much-loved indie bookshops in Hackney have taken the decision to close temporarily due to coronavirus – and are offering free delivery by bike instead.

Hackney’s flagship brewery could become the latest railway arch business to be forced out of the borough after being hit with a 300 per cent rent increase a week before Christmas.

Two Hackney bookshops have been shortlisted for the Independent Bookshop of the Year at the British Book Awards.

Sutton and Sons has been crowned the UK’s “best multiple fish and chip operator” at the 2020 National Fish and Chip Awards.

Dozens of traffic wardens in Hackney have voted to strike over pay and working conditions – after two workers had dogs set on them in the last three months.

Homeowners living on the River Lea in Upper Clapton are furious after councillors approved plans to convert a garage into an ice cream shop.

Ridley Road Market will run seven days a week until March, the council has announced.

Hackney City Farm’s zero-packaging farm shop is cheaper than Sainsbury’s across a range of healthy options.

A late-night levy paid by Hackney businesses that serve alcohol after midnight funded a 10-week police operation that led to 120 arrests last year.

An ID and contactless payment card created by a Homerton woman has been accredited by the government after eight years in the works.

Long-standing Ridley Road Market traders have criticised the enforcement tactics of the new management team – but the council says it is simply making things fairer for all stallholders.

A record number of gifts have been donated as part of the annual Winter Toy Appeal run by a Stoke Newington group.

A creative studios site in Hackney Downs is getting up to 40 new workspaces thanks to a £1.2million investment.

Sutton and Sons is one of three finalists in the 2020 National Fish and Chip Awards.

Independent traders in Stoke Newington are hosting an event to encourage people to shop locally this Christmas.

Stallholders in the historic Ridley Road fear they are being forced out by pitch hikes and tough new trading terms they have dubbed “1,001 ways to lose your licence”.

Hackney Council has launched a campaign to challenge long-held myths surrounding sexual harassment and get people to “Reframe the Night” rather than blame the victim in the run up to Christmas.

The team behind a Winter Toy Appeal are pleading for more donations of gifts to give to children experiencing extreme poverty.

A businesswoman who opened a boutique selling her hand-crafted Black dolls has been awarded funding to help expand after attracting interest from around the world.

A giant advert for Oatly ice cream overlooking a Stoke Newington primary school has gone off quicker than its milk after sparking a backlash from locals.

A Halloween campaign that saw Stoke Newington residents scaring and caring has helped provide 1,265 meals for Hackney Foodbank.

A couple who have run a Homerton newsagent’s for more than 40 years have decided to call it a day.

Former clients of a north London modelling agency paid a photography studio in Shoreditch thousands of pounds for portfolios they believed would kickstart their careers. The Gazette hears their allegations of broken promises.

Boxpark Shoreditch will learn this week whether it has permission to sell alcohol until midnight at weekends.

Brewdog will convert its Stoke Newington bar into its first ever fully vegan venue.

A café which aims inspire its visitors into eco activism has opened for three weeks in Broadway Market.

A young entrepreneur from Homerton is taking part in a business programme aiming to give social start-ups a leg up.

Three years after its launch, most of the railway arches at the luxury fashion village Hackney Walk – which was developed with millions of pounds of public money to regenerate Hackney Central – are standing empty.

Bespoke shoemakers Carreducker are throwing open the doors to their Shoreditch workshop and shoemaking school this weekend for the London Design Festival.

The mass sale of Network Rail’s 4,500 railway arches was not a good deal for the taxpayer or the tenants, MPs have found.

Borough Market favourite Padella could soon be opening in Shoreditch if councillors grant bosses a licence this week.

A Hackney start-up that makes pet accessories such as cat bow ties and dog bandanas is expanding to New York.

What better way to celebrate your pub’s 10th birthday than by throwing a street party?

A start-up tech company which links unsold food from high street retailers to charities nearby has launched in Hackney.

Police fear the opening of a basement venue in Dalston could see crime return to the levels seen when it was a troubled nightclub – and say installing a barbecue would attract street drinkers from Gillett Square.

Arts hub Earth is holding a special programme of events to mark the first anniversary of its opening in the old ABC Cinema.

A florist has accused a vicar of putting her through “hell”, after she threatened to change the locks of the shop she leases off the church and evict her.

Neighbours of a new Wagamama “dark kitchen” in London Fields say the moped delivery riders and the industrial noise is making their lives hell.

A second branch of the hugely popular Borough Market restaurant Padella could be coming to Shoreditch.

Traders in Hackney’s historic Well Street say disruptive building works have left them struggling to make ends meet – and they have to put up with it for another 18 months.

An “affordable” PR company has been declared the “micro-business of the year” by the Federation of Small Businesses.


Let’s get physical! One of the dangers of lockdown is to be lulled into laziness, watching too many box sets, and eating and drinking too much, but there is no excuse to not start exercising to get fit and stay healthy.

UK Government Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced extra measures to support workers and businesses throughout winter, including a furlough scheme extension paying 80 per cent of staff wages.

The way the UK does business with Europe changes from January 1, heralding a new start. All companies that trade with the EU need to act now to make sure they are set to go.