Budgens in Upper Street helps make Islington a fairer place

PUBLISHED: 15:42 11 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:42 11 August 2016

Paul Gardner, of the Upper Street branch of Budgens

Paul Gardner, of the Upper Street branch of Budgens


Upper Street supermarket Budgens has been awarded for creating jobs for out-of-work Islington people.

It won “small and medium enterprise employer” from the Employment Related Services Association. Store manager Paul Gardner recruited 13 people facing additional barriers to getting a job, such as ex-offenders or those with disabilities.

He was nominated by Islington Council and economic leader Cllr Asima Shaikh said: “This is a fantastic achievement and a glowing testament to Paul’s dedication to helping residents who are out of work find the right job.

“Rates of unemployment in Islington remain too high and too many residents do not get the support they deserve.

“Paul and his team are the perfect example of a dynamic business that gets involved and makes real change happen for the local community.”

Latest Islington News Stories

Fri, 17:56

A housing association has been lambasted for its “appalling” approach to repair and maintenance work on a Clerkenwell estate.

Fri, 12:49

Jamie Brown of Archant Local Impact explains how you can build brand awareness.

Fri, 10:47

Volunteers from a Finsbury Park charity that uses surplus food to cook for people in need have scoooped an award for their “outstanding” meals.

Fri, 07:30

A multi-billion-pound gas company has bowed to opposition and abandoned plans to partially astroturf the historic Canonbury Square Gardens.

Thu, 17:16

Bookworms could get their names in works by high-profile authors such as Margaret Atwood and Lee Child and raise money for a Holloway torture charity at the same time.

Thu, 16:02

Two new police constables will be deployed to Highbury West next month to help tackle drug-related problems across the ward, the Gazette can reveal.

Thu, 12:38

A walk through history will raise cash for the mayor of Islington’s chosen charities on Sunday.

Thu, 11:47

The community celebrated “sustainability” and British apples in Gillespie Park on Sunday.


Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now