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Nurseries failing food hygiene standards

A child in a UK nursery (not in Southwark) eats a meal. Source:




By Sylvia Rowley


Most nurseries and playgroups in Southwark are failing to meet basic legal food hygiene standards, an investigation by The Platform has found.



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City workers turn to religion

By Enjoli Liston


Desperate city slickers hit by the recession will be turning to God to answer their economic prayers this Christmas, according to the Dean of Southwark Cathedral. Continues

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Black cabs face bleak future

By Lena de Casparis

Traditional Black Cabs are facing a massive decline in takings, as the economic crisis hits London cab drivers. Continues…

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A thousand jobs lost in Southwark and Lewisham


By Dominique Brady

ana-job-centreOver 1,000 jobs have been lost in Southwark and Lewisham as companies feel the devastating effects of the economic downturn, and experts warn the situation could be even worse.

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Local businesses appeal to Harman

By Dominique Brady

Customers are fewer, spending is falling and costs are rising, worried business owners from Southwark told local MP and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harman.  

Southwark Chamber of Commerce has begun working with members of the small business community to alleviate the pressure on them. It has released an emergency email address ( for businesses to contact if they are experiencing difficulties.

A local businessman exporting industrial equipment from America and Britain to Africa says the strong pound is “crippling” his international business. Small catering companies and clothing stores have also complained of reduced customer expenditure and rising supply costs. 

img_0032Travel agencies including JP Travel on Peckham Road and The Russia House Ltd of Borough Road, which arranges tours to Russia, are experiencing reduced business and delays getting invoices from customers.

The voluntary and third sector employees complained of reduced government funding, impacting on a range of services, including creative community work with teenagers and art therapy work in hospitals and prisons. Continued: Harman’s response & a case study

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Historic pub turns new page

by Enjoli Liston

From barrow boys to brokers, sausage-makers to solicitors: 120 loyal punters of one of Southwark’s oldest pubs have been photographed for a commemorative book to mark its impending closure. 

Over 750 people came to The Wheatsheaf pub opposite Borough Market on Wednesday night, to celebrate the book’s launch – and to raise their glasses in fond farewell as the boozer will soon be bulldozed to make way for a Network Rail expansion project. 

wheatsheafextpub-11The pub has attracted a wide range of customers over the years since it’s so close to the city and right next to the capital’s famous food market. It’s this diversity that local photographer and Wheatsheaf regular John Ross wanted to capture and celebrate in the book titled RIP The Wheatsheaf – Portrait of a Pub’, which manager Danny Campbell called the “perfect tribute” to its spirit. 

Continued: “We want to go out with a bang”

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