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‘Our vision for an inclusive Islington economy’: Council bosses to approve affordable workspace plan

PUBLISHED: 08:17 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:37 19 April 2018

Cllr Asima Shaikh, second right, pictured on a business rates protest last year, wants to make Islington's economy 'more inclusive'. Picture: Islington Council

Cllr Asima Shaikh, second right, pictured on a business rates protest last year, wants to make Islington's economy 'more inclusive'. Picture: Islington Council

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Council bosses are set to approve an affordable workspace strategy to support small businesses.

High rents and rates mean our independent shops and firms are struggling, as detailed in a Gazette piece last week questioning if the Islington is losing its soul.

The town hall’s affordable workspace strategy – set to be signed off by the council executive tonight (Thu) – is one tactic to intervene.

The council is investing £2million for affordable workspaces in Finsbury Park, as well as converting 12 disused garages in the Andover Estate.

Part of the policy offers businesses a peppercorn rent, on the condition they offer jobs and training to local people and support fellow entrepreneurs.

Economic development leader Cllr Asima Shaikh said: “We’ve already received lots of interest from potential affordable workspace providers, who share Islington’s vision for an inclusive economy.”

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