Welcome to InfoIslington, a blog dedicated to delivering quality information about Islington today. Produced by staff at the Islington Reference Library it will bring you details about quality web sites and other new social media , upcoming events, reports and where to find information today with a special relevance to Islington.
Every three years Islington is required to prepare, consult on and publish a Statement of Gambling Policy that sets out how gambling will be regulated in the borough. A copy of the current policy, for the period 2013-16, can be found here.
Islington has been a Fairtrade borough since 2005. We actively support the campaign to help end poverty in the developing world by promoting and supporting the use of Fairtrade products in the borough.
There are a range of agencies and organisations that offer support for existing and new business ventures in Islington. This information sheet provides details of useful contacts for Islington businesses. Produced by Islington Reference Library in May 2013.
This report from the London Assembly sets out a package of emergency and longer term measures to break the vicious cycle on the high street which has led to an increase in empty shops across the capital – up five per cent to 3,400 in the past two years.
Open for Business says outer London high streets are particularly struggling, predominantly because of tough economic conditions and because people increasingly shop at out-of-town centres and online.
The Assembly Economy Committee warns the vacancy increase is contributing to the decline, discouraging shoppers, and leading to the closure of other retailers that might otherwise have survived.
They call for immediate action from the Mayor, the Government and local boroughs and propose a package of emergency and longer term measures to reverse the decline and bring empty shops into use. These include:
London-wide support to renegotiate rents.
An expansion of small business rate relief paid for through a reduction in landlord’s rate relief on empty properties
A new register of owners of vacant shops so landlords can be easily traced.
Changing planning rules so boroughs can address the rise in the number of pawnbrokers – of which there has been a 94.8 per cent increase since January 2010 – betting shops and payday loan shops.
Scores on the Doors is an independent information service which uses the Food Standards Agency National Food Hygiene Scheme to rate pubs, clubs, take-aways and restaurants for hygiene. In Islington 1,891 businesses have currently been rated scoring from 5 (best) to 0 (worst). 27 businesses were rated zero.
The London Data store produces statistics showing the survival rates of businesses by borough. In Islington 86% survived their first year in 2010 (the latest data) compared to an Inner London rate of 83%. 2,180 new businesses were created in islington in 2011 - 450 more than the year before and business demises were down from 2,000 in 2010 to 1,415 in 2011. See more information here.