Sew in demand

The Albion Knitting Company, off Green Lanes, has become the first business to pay back its Opportunity Investment Fund (OIF) loan to Haringey Council. OIF loans are given out to Tottenham, and now Wood Green, based business which have just started or wish to expand to invest in workspace and employment projects.  

From its 12,000 sq ft factory The Albion Knitting Company produces garments for luxury brands. A few years ago, The Albion Knitting Company received a loan of £100,000 which was used to purchase four flatbed knitting machines. This enabled production capacity to increase by 20% and created a number of skilled manufacturing positions and traineeships. Since then business has boomed with 50 staff members and up to 5,000 garments being produced every month. Many staff live locally in Haringey.

“It is a good feeling to pay off the loan” said co-founder Jamie O’Neill. “When we came to applying for it the council was helpful and supportive. I would certainly recommend the Opportunity Investment Fund to other companies starting out.”

“Albion Knitting is a local business that’s come good,” said Cllr Gideon Bull, the Cabinet Member for Local Investment and Economic Growth. “They’ve tapped into a fund that we’ve been supporting and they’ve repaid it all which is great. It’s all part of our community wealth building agenda. This is about a local business investing in a local area and using local people and it’s really good to see.”

The OIF is available to start-ups and existing businesses based in Tottenham and Wood Green. To find out how you can apply visit the OIF web pages

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Help decide how money should be spent in your area!

Haringey Council will soon be consulting on how to spend Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL).

This is money collected from developers of new buildings that must be spent on projects in consultation with the community.  

NCIL can be spent on infrastructure or ‘anything else that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on an area.’ This could include spending on roads and footpaths, trees, parks, community facilities and community safety measures among others.

A consultation is starting soon, check (external link) for all the lastest updates on the consultation and how you can have your say. 

Please email if you would like to be notified when the consultation goes live.

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Are you a Haringey Resident looking for work?

Haringey Works provides FREE employment and skills support exclusively for Haringey residents. They can provide many opportunities for your career development. Whatever stage you are at in your career, having the right people guiding you through your job search can make all the difference to your future success. 

At Haringey Works there is a specialist team of professional advisors with years of experience to help mentor, train and support you to reach your goals.

For more information about how they can help you get into work contact the team and register at (external link), call 020 8489 2969, email or visit us at Haringey Works, 2nd Floor, Wood Green Library, High Road, N22 6XD.

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Firefighter Apprenticeships

Applications for Firefighter Apprenticeships are opening in the summer of 2020. 

Haringey Council are working in partnership with The London Fire Brigade to recruit for the Firefighter
Apprenticeship programme. If you are a Haringey resident and would like to hear more about how you can become a Firefighter, register now for the February Workshop Day.

The workshop day will take place on Friday 14 February 2020 at Wood Green Library, 2nd Floor (open area). You must register to attend. Please either send your name and telephone number to or call 020 8489 3228.

Download more information on Firefighter Apprenticeships here (PDF, 101KB)

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Supporting businesses in the Upper Lee Valley to grow

The Productive Valley Fund is a new £2.7 million flexible loan fund with attractive rates to support and celebrate production in the Upper Lee Valley covering Haringey, Waltham Forest and Enfield. 

Funding is available to SME industrial estate-based businesses looking to grow, or relocate to, the Upper Lee Valley for capital building works, refurbishment and equipment purchase. Loans range from £50,000 to £400,000. You will also receive a full package of business support including business planning, finance support and help with staff recruitment.

To find out more visit (external link) or email

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Join the Metropolitan Police  

Joining the police is life-changing. Not just for you, it will also change the lives of everyone you help.

It’s a challenging, varied and intensely rewarding career and you will be joining an amazing team, working together to reduce crime and keep people safe.

There are various ways to join the police, depending on your work, life and educational experience and they welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures and experiences.

The Metropolitan Police are holding an Open Day in Wood Green on 29 February 2020. To find out more and register your interest please send your name and telephone number to or call 020 489 2969.

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Love to learn  

Haringey Adult Learning Service (HALS) offer courses covering a wide range of topics, across a variety of locations with a choice of day, evening and weekend hours, many of which are free of charge.

Upcoming courses/workshops include:

  • Employability Workshops – CV writing, interview techniques, career planning
  • AAT Accounting and Bookkeeping course
  • MS Office Skills Workshops – creating spreadsheets, formulas, charts, graphs, PowerPoint
  • Creative Digital Technologies – create websites, Photoshop, video editing, InDesign
  • ESOL courses from Entry 1 to Level 1

To enrol, book an initial assessment at HALS Reception, 2nd Floor, Wood Green Central Library or call 020 8489 2596/2523.

Check online at (external link) for more information on
all the courses available.

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Calling all Tottenham Creatives!  

Whether you work or would like to kickstart your career in film, fashion, photography, crafts, music, theatre or other creative areas, we can help you deliver skills for the future and grow your business.

N17 Creative Callings in a new skills and business support programme made possible by the Mayor of London as part of Tottenham’s Creative Enterprise Zone.

If you live in the North London area you could be eligible for free N17 Creative Callings support.

For more info contact:

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Celebrating our movers and shakers 

The borough’s business stars of the future have all graduated from the Haringey Entrepreneurship Development Scheme.

Funded by Haringey Council the eight-week course saw 15 local entrepreneurs, all with their own business, learn how to expand and enhance their activities through a combination of mentors, workshops and business challenges.

It culminated in a graduation ceremony at Coventry University London Campus near Liverpool Street station in which the participants wore ceremonial gowns and received their certificates from the Mayor of Haringey, Cllr Sheila Peacock.

“I would like to applaud them all for what they are doing,” said Cllr Peacock. “The graduates have worked hard to get to this point and they will now play their part in the thriving business community of Haringey.”

Following a pilot project, this was the second year the council has supported the initiative which was delivered by the GRITse Community Interest Company. Besides tailored advice from a network of expert mentors the students learned about many key skills including: sales and networking, branding, media and marketing.

“The training helped us to understand who we are and what we mean to the community,” said Robert Thairu, the director of Estates Elite Recycling. “The course was great for building up a community of like-minded people who are always going to be there for each other. I hope we can now inspire others.”

To find out more about starting your own business visit Haringey Council's dedicated business pages. 

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Brother and sister Emeka and Ifeyinwa Frederick will open their restaurant Chuku’s in February 2020, to bring Tottenham ‘the world’s first Nigerian tapas restaurant.’  

This unique Seven Sisters restaurant features not only the best of Nigerian cuisine but also offers a perfect introduction to the West African country in the décor, music and atmosphere.

Why Chukus? “Chuku’s is from my full name which is Chukwuemeka. For us it’s really important that we have somewhere which is personal, that is welcoming, and it’s an extension of our home. In naming the restaurant Chuku’s we are saying, ‘You’re very welcome into our home,’” says Emeka.

What can you expect from a visit to Chukus? “Our motto is ‘Chop, Chat, Chill’. So, the ‘Chop’ is Nigerian pidgin for ‘eat’ because Nigerian food is at the heart of everything we do. ‘Chat’ is our sociable environment. If you came in by yourself that’s not a problem, the people who come to our restaurant are some of the most openhearted individuals you’ve ever met” says Ifeyinwa. “And the ‘Chill’ is the atmosphere we create. So, when you set foot in Chuku’s, you’re no longer in Seven Sisters, you’ll be getting an introduction to Nigeria. Chop, Chat, Chill is an immersive cultural dining experience.”

“And in terms of what you’ll be eating – you really can’t come to Chuku’s without trying our jollof quinoa which is superfood quinoa based on the traditional jollof rice and given our own twist! Also try our suya meatballs, grilled beef meatballs marinated with suya spice, and moi moi which is a savoury vegan tart made from pureed black-eyed beans,” said Ifeyinwa.

For all the latest updates check out Chuku’s website (external link) or head down to the new restaurant once it opens at 274 High Road, N15 4AJ. To be one of the first through their doors and get priority access to their soft launch, sign up to their mailing list at: (external link).

Chukus have been supported by the Opportunity Investment Fund (OIF) to transform an old Money Transfer shop into a restaurant. If you would like more information on the OIF visit dedicated OIF webpages or email

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Work for the Selby Centre

The Selby Centre are looking for a community-minded, confident, organised individual with an interest in communications and PR, and community engagement to join them for a six-month paid internship.

Working with architects, Karakusevic Carson Architects you will play an active role in helping to deliver a new Selby Centre, new homes and a new sports facility on Bull Lane Playing Fields. Your time will be divided between Karakusevic Carson Architects’ studio in Bermondsey and the Selby Trust on
Selby Road in Tottenham.

As part of the project you will have the opportunity to collaborate closely with Haringey Council, the architecture and landscape design team and Selby Trust in a supportive environment to develop knowledge and skills in community engagement and communication strategies, methods and techniques.

To view the full job description, visit

The closing date for applications is Sunday 16 February 2020. Interviews will take place on Monday 24 February. 

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Proud to Care

A career in care can offer more than you may think. 

Proud to Care North London, brings together five borough’s including Haringey, the aim is to
promote and support careers within Care for local people.

Most people don’t realise how they can use their skills to develop a meaningful and good career within the care sector. With a variety of work local to home, good rates of pay and flexible hours there’s lots of
benefits. Most importantly you will be making a significant difference to someone’s life, enabling them to live safely and with dignity. If you’re looking for a Career to Care About visit (external link) to see the variety of work available as well as benefits and training.

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If I was Mayor for the Day…

Daniel, aged 10, and Dulcie, aged 11 from Holy Trinity Primary School. 

Daniel: One of my big concerns is littering. People just throw drink cartons and cans and cigarette butts on the ground. It makes me feel that people don’t really care. You only have one life and you should be looking after the world that you live in. On my day I would put more bins on the streets and start recycling clubs in communities where people can volunteer and go around picking up litter.

I would also put up more cameras which would help prevent knife crime. I would set up more youth clubs
and send people into schools to help educate youngsters about the dangers of going into gangs. I would
also put more security in shops such as metal detectors because people take knives into shops.

Dulcie: I would like to reduce poverty and homelessness, especially in Tottenham where you see lots of people begging. I would start shelters for people to stay in if they don’t have the money to rent anywhere. And perhaps I would organise big meetings so people can have proper conversations about the issue. I would also have more police on the streets. I don’t often see many police patrolling. And I would introduce safe havens for people who feel intimidated or threatened or suffering from domestic violence.

Daniel: In the evening I would host a big party with a huge chocolate cake and lots of fried and roast chicken. It would take place in the centre of London because more people can come and I would invite Vladimir Putin. He interests me.

Dulcie: I would also have a party with a fountain sprouting lots of Sprite! I would invite people less fortunate than ourselves – lots of homeless people can come to it. And I would invite pop stars who grew up in this area such as Adele and Chipmunk. They would inspire everyone.

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Tottenham Hale

Construction underway 

Significant change is underway in Tottenham Hale, with construction happening on a number of sites and more to come. All the developers and their contractors are working closely with Haringey Council to minimise the impact of construction work on the local community and the environment.

In order to do this successfully we need you to get involved and we are asking you flag any construction issues on an interactive map. If you would like to find out more about the projects underway or
report an issue visit: (external link).

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Improving Tottenham Hale’s green spaces 

Working with the community, over the next four years we will be improving the Paddock and Down
Lane Park, to make them better-used green spaces which support community and educational activities and improve their safety, ecology and connections between Tottenham Hale and the Lea

We want you to get involved! We will be hosting drop-in sessions at the Living Under One Sun café in Down Lane Park:

  • Thurs 30 Jan 2020 -intro/overview to the projects, 3pm - 6pm
  • Thurs, 19 March 2020 – ASB and crime, with the Met Police
  • Thurs 14 May 2020 – management of the Paddock and Down Lane Park
  • Thurs 16 July 2020 – design options for the Paddock and Down Lane Park

For the March – July drop-in sessions, please contact Nick Rendle for timings: or call 020 8489 1318.

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Community Liaison Group

There will be a Tottenham Hale Community Liaison Group meeting held at the Engine Room, Hale Village, 25 February from 6.30pm - 8pm.

This meeting gives the community the opportunity to hear updates and ask questions about work underway in the area. Transport for London and Tottenham Hale developers attend.

If you would like more information on the upcoming meeting, please email

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Tottenham Hale bus station works 

Work to deliver a realigned Tottenham Hale bus station which will help reduce journey times, create a new entrance and signalised junction by Watermead Way and reduce the overall footprint of the bus station. is underway.

The first phase of works started in January 2019. These are now nearing completion and phase 2 of the works will begin on Thursday 23 January 2020. Two new temporary bus stops will be in place during phase 2 of the works. Changes to the existing bus routes are:

  • Bus routes 123, 230, W4 and N73 eastbound will not enter the bus station and will instead stop at temporary stand W located on Ferry Lane (northern side of road).
  • Bus Routes 123, 230, W4 and N73 westbound will not enter the bus station and will instead stop at temporary stand J located on Ferry Lane (southern side of road).

All other routes will operate as normal within the station. Works are expected to finish at end of March/early April.

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