BUSINESSSES TAKE PETITION TO THE TREASURY businesses have marched to Downing Street to hand in a 12,600-strong petition from businesses and residents all over Islington calling on the government to stop its proposed hike in business rates.

Many shops and restaurants at the Angel are facing a 45% rise – the third highest in London – and could be forced to close. It means our beloved Angel could lose the quirky and interesting smaller businesses that draw people here.

We joined Islington Council and Islington Chamber of Commerce to protest about the new rates, and sent out a petition for everyone to sign. We thank everyone who’s signed so far – and our business champions from Angel who took it there.

** Pictured with Hak Huseyin from the Chamber of Commerce (second from left), and Cllr Asima Shaikh (second from right), are Angel’s business champions Stacey Thomas (left) from the Lexington pub, Chair of Chapel Market traders David Twydell (centre), and Susan Cropper (right) from Loop knitting shop in Camden Passage.