Streatham Hill Ladies Who Latte

Ladies Who Latte is a networking initiative for all women in business.
It launched 10 years ago with Sharon Connolly, International Image Consultant shortly after joined by Mary Flavelle, who specializes in women’s networking events.

Ladies Who Latte is flexible networking with a less formal approach, so whether you have fifteen minutes to pop in, or you stay for two hours, we hope that you will find it a well-earned break to share ideas and most importantly gain motivation, inspiration and confidence from other entrepreneurial women.

I set up Ladies Who Latte last year as I found there was limited information available for small businesses and if there was I didn’t know where to access services. We then moved into our new home at the new Streatham Space Project in June.

It’s a safe space for women to connect, share where they are on their entrepreneurial journey, what their business highs and challenges are and get to network with other like-minded women.

We will be there again Tuesday 10th July
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There are no formal speakers, and no membership fees – just buy your own tea or coffee and mingle. Should any woman interested in starting her own business or those already in employment or home working require more information contact Angella Williams on team@angellawilliams.co.uk

Sainsbury’s Nine Elms launches search for new local charity partner for 2018

Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year scheme is back for the tenth year and the Sainsbury’s Nine Elm store is calling for local charities to nominate themselves to be its next flagship local charity partner.

At the end of May, the store will shortlist three charities to go to customers to vote. The winning charity will then receive a year of support from the store, which includes fundraising and awareness raising. Customers can vote between 11 – 24 June in stores and online.

Last year, Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year scheme raised over £1.2 million, providing support to charities across the UK.

Rav Singh, Store Manager at Sainsbury’s Nine Elms, said: “There are so many fantastic charities in the local area which do brilliant work in our community. We’ve had a great year working in partnerships with Tooting and Balham Sea Cadets and we’re excited to be offering a new charity the chance to receive support from our customers and colleagues.

The scheme is open to any UK registered charity, so anyone who works for a charity, or would like to encourage a local charity to apply can collect a form from the store. Nominations close on 29 May and the shortlisted charities will be announced in June.

For more information about Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year scheme, visit www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk/.

webuyanycar celebrates milestone in Clapham

webuyanycar.com is celebrating a milestone at its branch in Clapham.

The branch, situated on in the ShopStop Clapham Junction Car Park, Junction Approach, Clapham Junction, this week acquired its 5,000th car, making it one of the company’s top performing sites.

The Clapham branch is celebrating a successful year and is one of 13 branches in London.

Richard Evans, Head of Technical Services, said: “This latest milestone is a huge achievement for our Clapham team and is a demonstration that webuyanycar.com continues to be the preferred choice for thousands of car owners.”

The milestone for webuyanycar follows the automotive firm’s announcement of its millionth customer last year.

Battersea resident launches NGO

Battersea resident launches NGO to provide free immigration advice to EEA citizens and their families

Isabella Mosselmans, a 23 year old law graduate from Battersea, has set up a new NGO to provide free immigration services to EU/EEA citizens and their families during and beyond the Brexit process.

The NGO, known as ‘Here for Good’, says it will assist with the fight for a clear and fair policy on EEA citizens’ rights by providing a free and comprehensive legal advice to those most affected and in most need.

The charity’s launch coincided with the publication of ACT NOW, a free and comprehensive guide commissioned by Here for Good. The guide, written by immigration and public law experts, sets out the practical steps individuals should take to secure their rights in the UK. It can be downloaded from Here for Good’s website here: https://www.hereforgoodlaw.org/the-guide

The founder of the charity, and Wandsworth constituent, Isabella, is curently a trainee solicitor at the immigration and asylum law firm Wesley Gryk Solicitors – one of the firms that helped write the Guide.

After having conducted extensive research, Isabella found that there was a shocking lack of organisations that provided free, or even affordable, immigration advice to EU citizens and their families in the UK. This inspired her and her friend, Tahmid Chowdhury, to set up Here for Good.

Having launched their Guide, Here for Good is due to set up a free advisory service over the next few months. The Charity will employ full-time caseworkers across the UK to provide free high-quality immigration advice to the most in-need citizens, and assist them with applications to secure their status.

Isabella stated: “With extensive support from my law firm, Wesley Gryk LLP, and also Bindmans LLP, Here for Good has created a Guide that will help tangibly improve people’s lives. At best, EEA citizens and their families are facing uncertainty in the aftermath of the referendum – our guide combats that, and our proposed advisory service will further enable people to take action to protect their rights in the UK”.

Prior to embarking on a career in immigration law, Isabella attended the London School of Economics, where she was nominated one of the university’s top 20 inspirational women in 2015 for her volunteer and campaign work. In her spare time, she helps run free-evening legal advice clinics at the Wandsworth branch of South West London Law Centres, runs a charitable project that funds the education of children in Sierra Leone, and sits on the Policy and Programmes Committee of a leading UK NGO.

Here for Good is currently in the process of fundraising to implement its advisory service. If you are interested in supporting its work, or would like more information about the upcoming service, please email: contact@hereforgoodlaw.com.

Wash Doctors launches in Wandsworth

This service is an on demand car washing app. It is a simple and efficient idea, all you do is drop a pin on a map where you car is approximately parked, put in your registration and they will come and clean it. They therefore provide a considerably more convenient service than waiting in a long line at your local car wash!

They also feel they are much more environmentally friendly than any current car washing service! They are using new solution technology to clean a car with less that 1 litre of fluid with no run off into the water supply.

Wash Doctors, a group of 5 under-25s, was formed in 2017 and have so far had a great response from the local residents for the service.

Calling all new recruits!

Calling all new recruits! – The Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association is meeting in your local neighbourhood

The Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association (BB) is inviting children and teenagers to get involved in a local uniformed children’s and youth group in Battersea.

The 1st Battersea BB Company started in November 2015 at 119 Heath Road, Battersea (SW8 3BB) as the area’s newest opportunity for local boys and girls to join in and experience the fun and benefits the programme can offer.

Over the coming weeks, a series of fun and practical sessions including sports and recreational activities, arts and crafts, quizzes and challenges are being held to offer boys and girls aged 8 to15 years the chance to see what The Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association is all about. The group meets on Fridays from 8pm to 9:30pm.

To help ensure that the group’s plans can progress, the organisation is also seeking volunteer leaders to join the activities. Training is provided and there is flexibility in the number of volunteering hours required. It teaches people to take on new responsibilities and provides a strong team environment in which to develop a variety of leadership qualities and life skills that can be easily transferred in future life.

http://boys-brigade.org.uk/

John Myers, Development Worker for The Boys’ Brigade said:

“The Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association has a real vision for this area and is keen to get as many children, young people, and families involved as possible. We would love to see as many children and young people as possible accessing our group on a Friday evening, even if only to experience a uniformed children’s and youth organisation for a first time!

“We rely on our amazing volunteers to run the local groups and we’re appealing to people of all ages and from all walks of life to help our children and young people to have fun.

“We would love to hear from interested volunteers from 18 years upwards, who can give a commitment – weekly or on a rota to suit needs. Training is provided, so if you’re a teenager interested in obtaining some children’s work experience, or taking part in the National Citizen Service, or a parent who can help run indoor games activities or craft activities, or just help serve refreshments, please do get in touch.”

 

Those interested in joining in activities should call Vince on 07513 445774 or email john.myers@boys-brigade.org.uk

Grand Sandwich

The energetic covers band Jam Sandwich will play a concert in memory of local man Ed Fisk at the Clapham Grand on the 16th of June. Featuring a set list of songs that should have something for everyone, it should be a great evening for anyone who loves music and enjoys a cracking night out. Bring your singing voices and dancing shoes!!

Doors open at 6pm.

Tickets are available here: https://www.designmynight.com/london/clubs/clapham/the-clapham-grand/grand-sandwich

Keep up to date with Jam Sandwich at www.facebook.com/jamsandwichband

The Diamond Jubilee Bridge – Spring Update

Update from Chris Medland, One-world design architects

Happily, as reported in February the bridge has met its planning deadline of March this year and has commenced with the issue of a certificate of Lawfulness by Wandsworth Council in regard to the piles installed on site in Battersea by Barratt London.

Design Copyright handed to Wandsworth

Since February, and Wandsworth Council taking a lead role, One World Design has granted the design licence to the Council pro-bono in order that they can progress the project. The bridge now finds itself in a holding pattern with conversations occurring between Wandsworth and Hammersmith & Fulham Councils, central government, TfL and the Mayor of London. Essentially the key question it seems is no longer if the bridge will be completed, it is a question of when.

 

Public Sector Funding

The key inhibiter to immediate progress is funding. We understand that around 30 – 40% of the funding is in place and that other funding streams are being investigated with efforts by Wandsworth and Jane Ellison MP in particular. The bridge is public and would be owned and maintained by the council and does meet the criteria for TfL funding. The Mayor of London remains supportive but has said that in terms of funding, even though the TfL business case and cost review was favourable, his priorities are Eastward. Ultimately the priorities of TfL are dictated by the Mayor.

Hot Topic

The recent apparent demise of the Garden Bridge and the relaunch of the Nine Elms Bridge proposal has meant that new river crossings are a hot topic. The Diamond Jubilee Bridge has been mentioned in some of the press and won a recent poll by BD magazine which asked its readers what bridge they felt was most deserving to be built. The link to this article is here: http://www.bdonline.co.uk/news/diamond-jubilee-bridge-tops-thames-crossing-poll/5087395.article

Right now, whilst bridges are a hot topic we would like your assistance in two ways if your feel it appropriate. Firstly we need to get the message out there that this opportunity exists for the right backer. If that means going on Vanesa on Air or LBC to explain the endeavour that would be fine, equally so a wider audience could be gained through a piece in the Evening Standard, Metro or alike or indeed something like an inflight, lifestyle or corporate magazine –do you know anyone who can help make this happen? Secondly, and more directly, you may work or be related too or friends with someone that may be the link in the chain to a potential backer. If you have a contact that may be happy to help any of these things happen then please do contact

Chris Medland RIBA
Director

www.one-worlddesign.co.uk

tel:     0203 2020049

Wandsworth Tops Economic Activity Table

Wandsworth has topped a league table of all London boroughs which show the different levels of economic activity by the working age population across the capital.

In Wandsworth 85% of the population aged 16 to 64 are economically active. This is the highest in the capital.  The next 5 are Richmond upon Thames with 84.6%, Lambeth with 83.6%, Bexley with 83.3%, Southwark with 83% and Merton with 82.8%.

Economic activity rate - aged 16-64

Economic activity rate – aged 16-64

By contrast the lowest are Kensington and Chelsea with only 71.7% of the 16 to 64 year olds who are economically active, Barking and Dagenham with 72.3%, Camden with 73.2, Westminster with 73.7% and Hackney with 74%.

The London economic activity rate is 78.3% and the overall UK figure is 77.7%. London is the fourth highest in the UK behind the South West at 80.8%, South East at 80.6% and Eastern at 79.9%.

Business based in Wandsworth can access a range of services via http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200013/business_support_and_advice


Notes on Statistics

Source: Annual Population Survey from the Office for National Statistics. Annual Population Survey is residence based and a continuous household survey covering the UK.

The data is for the economic activity rate of those aged 16-64. Economically Active people are those either in employment or unemployed.

The APS is the source recommended for employment-related statistics, such as estimates of the number of people in employment or unemployed.

Table provided by www.gmbunion.org

The Food Assembly Comes to Clapham Common

A new way of buying food is coming to Clapham Common.

As seen in the BBC and The Guardian, The Food Assembly is a local initiative that brings people together to buy fresh food directly from local farmers and foodmakers.

Every week Food Assembly customers in Clapham can order food online from local food producers before picking it up weekly at a local venue. All the food comes from an average distance of 28 miles, compared to the 600 miles with a supermarket.

Community is at the heart of The Food Assembly – it connects neighbours to farmers, neighbours to each other, and everyone to their food. By choosing to buy local, shoppers can support the community of Clapham, as for every £1 spent through Clapham Common Food Assembly, 90p stays in the local economy.

It also ensures your money reaches the right people; food producers keep over 80% of sales for every product sold, compared to 15%-25% through supermarkets. Also, there is less food waste as all the food is ordered in advance.

Whether from their iPhone app or laptop, weekly shoppers can choose from unique local products, such as artisan bread from The Hill Bakery; cured meats from London Smoke and Cure; and yummy jams from Single Variety Co. Not to forget plenty of fresh local vegetables and cheeses.

The Clapham Assembly is organised by local residents Alex, Mathieu, Thea and Loren who love to share their passion for food with others.