Sponsorship Opportunities for our Winter Party
Nov13

Sponsorship Opportunities for our Winter Party

Islington Chamber is bringing you a Winter Wonderland Party, 6 December 2017, where local businesses can network and celebrate the festive season with the vibrant business community of North London. We are inviting the opportunity for businesses to sponsor our event and have your company benefit from one of our excellent packages below. Contact info@islingtonchamber.org.uk to purchase a package. GOLD – £500 *ONLY ONE AVAILABLE*    Speaker slot at event    1 Year’s ICoC Membership    2 x Tickets for the event    Featured as a headline sponsor, and showcase your branding and merchandise at the event    Social Media coverage and promotion SILVER – £250 *LIMITED NO. AVAILABLE*    1 Year’s ICoC Membership    2 x Tickets for the event    Featured as a main sponsor, and showcase your branding and merchandise at the event    Social Media coverage and promotion BRONZE – £150 *LIMITED NO. AVAILABLE*    Featured as a sponsor, and showcase your branding and merchandise at the event    Social Media coverage and promotion WIN a SILVER package worth £250! If you’re a Start-Up under 2 years old, simply tweet us @islchamber before 5 December using the hashtag #ICCBizParty17 with why you should win!...

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Islington calls on government to freeze massive business rates rise
Feb06

Islington calls on government to freeze massive business rates rise

Press Release 02 February 2017 Huge government increases in business rates could see local small and medium sized companies forced to close or move out of the borough, local business representatives and Islington Council have warned. The Government has revalued the rateable values of businesses in Islington, and increased rateable values for business premises in Islington by an average of 45 per cent, the third highest rise in England. Islington Chamber of Commerce and Angel Business Improvement District have launched a petition calling on the Government to freeze the implementation of the business rates valuation until after Britain leaves the EU. Islington Council is supporting the petition. The petition also urges the Treasury to extend ‘transitional reliefs’ for affected businesses. Doing so would mean bills would increase at a lower rate, over a longer period of time – helping small and medium sized firms deal with the impact of a substantial rise. The organisations are also asking the Government to assist small companies by increasing the threshold for Small Business Rate Relief in inner London, with national Government funding the higher relief. Currently, companies can apply for the relief scheme in full if the rateable value of their property is less than £12,000 and at a tapered rate if it is between £12,000 and £15,000. The petition calls for the lower threshold of £12,000 to be increased. Islington Council’s executive member for economic development, Cllr Asima Shaikh, said: “The decision by national government to massively increase business rateable values for local shops and businesses could have a devastating effect on the character of our community and force small and medium sized companies to close or move elsewhere. “We urge the government not to go ahead with these plans and are offering local companies advice on how they can manage the changes ahead.” Hak Huseyin, Co-Vice Chair of the Islington Chamber of Commerce, said: “The sudden increases in business rates will hit many firms hard. Alongside ever increasing rents and other business costs, the Government’s rate rise couldn’t come at a worse time for Islington companies. One of Islington’s strengths is the diversity of the types of businesses in the borough, and I am deeply concerned about the impact the massive increase in rates bills will have. We need the Government to think again and freeze the rate rise.” The Chief Executive of Angel’s Business Improvement District, Christine Lovett, said: “High Streets that are alive and busy are a lifeline for local people and draw the community together. The increase in business rates could drive out the very businesses who not only keep our town centres vibrant but employ Islington...

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45% Rise in Business Rates for Islington. The ICoC & Islington Council’s plans to help you.
Nov06

45% Rise in Business Rates for Islington. The ICoC & Islington Council’s plans to help you.

The government has decided that the business rates will be ‘revalued’ this 2017. Business rates are very likely to increase causing small businesses to struggle. It is no surprise that the government have decided to raise business rates since we’ve already faced the shocking outcome of Brexit. As the British economy is slowly attempting to move into recovery, small businesses as well as large corporations are having to pay the price with an increase in rates of up to 87%. With 6 months until the revaluation takes place, we have decided to take action. Islington Chamber of Commerce are working closely together with the Islington Council to save our business community from falling under. Our Vice Chair, Hak Huseyin says, “Most businesses are just about keeping their head above the water as it is. It’s as if the government is saying we don’t care if you are open or not.” Even shops on Regent Street in London are to face an 87% increase in their business rates bill next year, so what does this mean for us? The government’s plan for Islington is to raise business rates by an astounding 45%. “It will cripple us” – Hak Huseyin. “I don’t care if you’re an independent or a national company, it’s 45 per cent. My rates are £11,000 so I’ve got to find another £5,000. Will I have to lose staff or put the prices up?“ The government website has stated that they are offering opportunities for some small business to have a reduction in their rates. There are also options for rates relief for charities. Other options include rural rates relief and enterprise zone relief. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA), an Executive Agency of HMRC, is responsible for assessing all rateable values across England and Wales. Even though this may sound come across as a silver lining, the information on the website is as clear as mud. There’s no significant advice being given on eligibility. To apply for Business Rates Relief, we are told to contact our local council. Which brings us to the present day. As we have been working closely with Islington Council, we have two pieces of news to share with you. The good news is that over the next few months, we are offering free workshops and advice on how companies like yours, can check their rateable value is correct, and how they can manage business rates payments. The great news is that we will NOT stop there. We will strive to push this campaign to be London-wide. Executive Member for Economic Development -Councillor Asima Shaikh says, “We will encourage national government to make sure...

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Presenting Yourself Day (Update)
Oct21

Presenting Yourself Day (Update)

Islington’s business professionals can make a real difference to young people’s understanding of the world of work through volunteering to be a coach for a one day workshop, Presenting Yourself Day. Dates are December 12th St Aloysius, January 9th Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, 27th March Holloway and 1st May Islington Arts and Media School. Year on year around 95% of the young people say coaching from the business people really makes them gain confidence. For more information please contact Diana James, School Business Links Manager at BEST, Islington Council on...

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The apprenticeship event 17th Dec
Oct20

The apprenticeship event 17th Dec

 Highbury Fields girls’ school is keen to be cutting edge when it comes to raising their pupils’ awareness of career pathways through apprenticeships, so an Apprenticeship Fair will be running on 17th December and it would really add value to the event to have local businesses who are experienced in supporting apprentices at the fair to help the young people gain a real insight into what it is like in the workplace. . For more information please contact Diana James, School Business Links Manager at BEST, Islington Council...

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Presenting Yourself Day
Oct20

Presenting Yourself Day

Islington’s  business professionals can make a real difference to young people’s understanding of the world of work through volunteering to be a coach for a one day workshop , Presenting Yourself Day, which runs in Islington’s secondary school. Year on year around 95% of the young people say that being coached by business people really makes a difference and helps them to gain confidence how to market themselves effectively to a potential employer. The workshop dates are in December, January, March and May. For more information please contact Diana James, School Business Links Manager at BEST, Islington Council...

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