Working in Islington

Everyone has a story. Former corporate lawyer Isatu Funna explains how childhood memories of her grandmother and Sierra Leone beaches led her to open Dar Leone, in Angel, selling a globally inspired range of interior and lifestyle products. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill “Dar Leone is inspired…
Everyone has a story. Magazines are thriving at magCulture – the shop, website, design studio and mag masterclass hub – on the Clerkenwell/Angel border run by graphic designer and mega mag fan Jeremy Leslie. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photo by Kimi Gill  Back in the ‘80s, magazines were an essential…
Everyone has a story. If you love handmade, oak furniture visit the Millinery Works, an historic industrial building on Southgate Road, now used by Brian Thompson and Derek Rothera as a showroom for their Arts & Crafts furniture. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill Camden Passage used to…
Everyone has a story. Building human towers – a 250-year-old Catalan tradition – is thriving just near Arsenal’s Emirates stadium. Interview with founder Marc Pujol and President Anne D’Hermy, by Nicola Baird.  Red shirts, white trousers, black faixa wrapped around the waist are the uniform of the Castellers of London.…
Everyone has a story. Are things getting better? Or is the world a much worse place? Here’s how NCVO-based Giselle Green is helping charities and social enterprises find Constructive Voices to share their solutions. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill Anyone working in NCVO’s building by Regents Canal,…
Everyone has a story. Here’s how a young Chad boy fell in love with body building, thanks to Muscle & Fitness magazine, and went on to become a champion. Meet Gilbert Alaskadi, now running Oxygen Fitness Universe, a private gym close to Holloway tube. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by…
Everyone has a story. Not everyone is aware that Islington is one of the most unequal places in the country. Here Helen Kersley explains what this means, and how Islington Giving is trying to turn this situation around by supporting local community organisations and bringing local residents, businesses, voluntary groups…
Everyone has a story. Could you help a dog-lover play ball with her disability dog? Or figure out a way for a paralysed rugby player to get his sports wheelchair back into the car? Or devise a clever device that could change the life of someone who uses a wheelchair? That’s…
Everyone has a story. There’s a new network for tech cooperatives based in Fonthill Road. Here Space4 Manager Polly Robbins explains what Outlandish and Space4 do, plus provides many reasons why she likes working in Finsbury Park. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill Polly Robbins: Space 4 manager.…
Everyone has a story. If you’d like to do good, get to know Islington better and get fit, simultaneously, then you might enjoy joining Goodgym. Here Paul Bown explains how Goodgym – which operates in 39 areas across the UK, including Islington – helps combat isolation and benefits communities. Interview…
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