On Friday 22nd April, small businesses from Columbia Road, Cheshire Street, Redchurch Street, Roman Road, Chatsworth Road and Spitalfields got together to catch up, share news and feed in to our crowdfunding plans for our new East End Independents’ Day initiative at the first
We recently tested out our ideas for an exciting new Independents’ Day event with some of our loyal members at our last social at Genesis Cinema. Our first crowdfunding campaign will rally our communities together to create the critical mass
Read the response from Boris Johnson to our open letter of objection to the proposed Bishopsgate Goodsyard plans here.
We are pleased that the Mayor will consider the points we have raised. However, it is critical to keep up the pressure.
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What is the East End Trades Guild?
THE EAST END TRADES GUILD is a new co-operative of small independent traders working together in the interests of all proprietor-owned-and-run-businesses in the East End.
The catalyst for this initiative came when Spitalfieldsʼ oldest family business Gardnersʼ Market Sundriesmen, selling paper bags from the same building for over one hundred and forty years, was faced with a large rent increase sufficient to put them out of business. Such was the public outcry that the landlord relented, but the point was made that these small independents are the essence of the East End and they needed to band together to ensure their survival in these times of economic crisis and in the face of incursions by multiples.
Vital both to the local economy and to the life of community, it is the infinite variety of small traders that make the East End such an appealing destination, adding value to property and attracting other businesses. In the past, these truths have been ignored and exploited by landlords, their agents, big business and government. Speaking in unity, through THE EAST END TRADES GUILD, the traders are demanding recognition and asserting their central importance to the economy.