UPDATE: If you join this affiliate group you can contribute whatever you can afford to pay for your first year as a member. This offer is open until 17th May only.
Why join the Shoreditch and Spitalfields East End Trades Guild Group?
The amazing independent businesses are what make Shoreditch and Spitalfields such incredible areas. But it's hard for an indie to survive here in an area with such high and rapidly increasing rents, especially compounded by the issues arising from pandemic.
Retail and hospitality businesses rely on footfall from office workers and tourists and it will take time for them to return. Due to correspondingly high rateable values many businesses were not able to access grants they needed to survive the pandemic.
Many office-based and industrial businesses have also been severely impacted by the pandemic, and lots have not been able to use their premises for over a year - yet are still being expected to pay full rent. These sectors also fell through the cracks in government support.
Sadly we have already lost many of our indie neighbours - let's work together so we don't lose any more.
Together we are stronger and together we can all get through this and make the area thrive once again and work for us - the community!
By joining as part of our group you will receive 1/3 off annual fees and help fund a community organiser to represent us as a collective.
A word from the East End Trades Guild
The Shoreditch and Spitalfields group is part of the wider East End Trades Guild. On our own we are vulnerable but by building our constituent strength, together we can see through our crucial manifesto for a sustainable recovery.
From experience, we know that organising small businesses to work together with a skilled member of staff is the only way to build the collective power we need to compel change.
In our 2018 Affordable Workspace Manifesto, we painted a picture of the empty London we see now “Can you imagine the capital without its kaleidoscopic small businesses from Chinatown to Brick Lane, Columbia Road to Portobello Road, and the myriad of markets from Walthamstow to Brixton? It would be a hollow place, with only its silent monuments distinguishing it from everywhere else.”
We never imagined then that this was to become the reality so soon.
On May 6th, the new Mayor of London will be elected. Before that happens we want to put our proposals in front of the main party candidates for commitments for action, so that way whoever wins, our proposals win with them. But we can’t get the candidates attention unless we have enough members. Will you help us by joining or supporting the Guild today?
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