In efforts to reduce energy consumption during the creeping cold ahead, the Council has launched a great initiative aimed at supporting SME organisations in Tower Hamlets to become more energy efficient.
The SME Energy Improvement Grants Programme makes available grants for 50 per cent of project costs up to £5,000 for energy efficiency improvements. These projects can include things such as moving towards using more efficient equipment, heating and lighting upgrades, insulation solutions and utilising renewable technologies. The Council have pledged to support any project which can demonstrate notable energy savings!
An organisation is eligible to receive a grant if they are a Small to Medium sized Enterprise (SME) by meeting all of the following criteria:
- Have no more than 250 employees
- Annual turnover not in excess of £25m
- Not more than 25 per cent owned by an entity which does not meet the criteria
- Premises where the measures will be installed must be in Tower Hamlets
Applying for a grant
- Applications will be accepted until 8 November 2018.
- All applications will be assessed by a Grants Panel and SMEs will be notified if their application has been successful.
- Please note that projects cannot commence until the grant has been approved.
If this is something you would be interested in taking advantage of, the application form and guidance notes can be found in the links below. You can then sent this along with a copy of the quote(s) for the project to THEnergy@towerhamlets.gov.uk
If you have any questions about the programme then please use the above email address to get in touch.
It’s September and it’s time to get back in touch with what’s happening here in Bethnal Green. As the uniforms are dragged back on and the shorts find their way back to the bottom of the drawer, we’ve picked out some key bits and pieces for the month where Virgo meets Libra. So as the signs of the Zodiac and the seasons change, we can be re-assured that #E2 is consistently delivering the goods – it’s a pleasure to shine a light on such a variety of excellent activity.
Summer Jamboree – A family day by St. Margaret’s House
Saturday 1st September – 11am – 3pm
Round off the last weekend of the school holidays with the return of St. Margaret’s ever-popular family day Jamboree.
This year they’ve curated even more excellent activities for the whole family, with a special focus on creativity and wellbeing.
They have teamed up with some long-time friends of St. Margaret’s House to bring us a wonderful mix of activities throughout the day, so make sure you get along to say farewell to the summer holidays. Booking is required for some of the sessions to avoid disappointment.
St. Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road, E2 9PL
‘Time to Talk Business’ – Leyton Orient FC
Wednesday 5th September – 12:30 – 2:30pm
Join East London Chamber of Commerce for their ‘Time to Talk Business’ event and take the opportunity to network with up to 80 local, like-minded business professionals in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We speak from experience when we say that attending this monthly event is a great way to strengthen existing relationships and create new business opportunities. Come along and let the rest of the east end know what you’re up to here in E2. Book now, & use the free guest code TTSEP2018.
Leyton Orient Football Club, Matchroom Stadium, Brisbane Road, Leyton, E10 5NF
Kokoroko Live – Rich Mich Centre
Saturday 15th September – 8pm
The relentlessly rhythmic and colourful sounds of Kokoroko have been captivating audiences around the London live scene for many years. Their intrepid horns, polyrhythmic percussion and Jazz arrangements coalesce to create one of the most unique and soul-lifting Afrobeat sounds around. This one is not to be missed, and to entice you in, we’ve teamed up with our pals at Rich Mix to giveaway two tickets to the show. Just subscribe to our newsletter, and we’ll pick a winner at random from our new subscribers in September. Or if you want to guarantee not to miss this show > cop your tickets here.
Inspired by the greats of West African music such as Fela Kuti and Tony Allen, the band simultaneously bring energy, atmosphere and a sense of escape to every live show.
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
“Dissecting the Joke” – Backyard Comedy Club
Tuesday 18th September – 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Join the under-the-radar heroes at Backyard, for a night of comedy covering all things health and medicine. Contrary to popular belief (and lazy comedy writing) laughter isn’t the best medicine, but it will take your mind off the fact we’re all falling apart at the seams. An amazing lineup of comedians and doctors tell you everything you did (and didn’t) want to know about staying alive in the NHS. Below are a few of the lineup highlights – don’t miss this unique confluence of the hilarious and the biologically knowledgeable!
Nominee: Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2017
Kwame is a comedy writer and performer, who works as a Junior Doctor in the NHS.
Nominee: Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2018
Amused Moose National New Comic Award 2017 Finalist
Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2016 Finalist
Steve is a geek comedian, presenter and producer. He is the founder of Science Showoff, Museums Showoff and Bright Club.
231 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, E2 0EL
Feminist Fightback Filmclub – The Common House
Friday 28th September – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Join Feminist Fightback for their monthly film screening. Exhibiting anger/ joy during the film at oppressive behaviour/ high points of struggle is very much encouraged, so if you’re feeling like venting, this could be the evening for you. The group always has a discussion after the film, and drinks and snacks will be served too. For details of the film screening this month, search for ‘Feminist Fightback Film Club Presents…’ on Facebook, or email email@example.com to be added to the mailing list. There’s a lot of great stuff bubbling at TheCommon House – a real hidden E2 gem.
The Common House, Unit 5E, Pundersons Gardens, London E2 9QG
Next in our Bethnal Greeners series is a new cafe offer on Cambridge Heath Road, The Beehive. Long term friends of Love Bethnal Green, it’s great to see this tasty offer emerge as the daily public face of Bethnal Green Mission Church. We caught up with Pastor Mike Houston, who told us a bit about past, present and future for The Beehive. We’re looking forward to working with Mike and the team more moving forward – look out for October collaborations…
When Annie Macpherson, the founder of Bethnal Green Mission Church, started work in Bethnal Green in the 1860s, she wanted to offer hope, love and hospitality to those living in poverty and on the margins of Victorian society. She developed a ‘Home of Industry’, where homeless children could find not only shelter, warmth, and something to eat and drink, but also an opportunity to learn new skills. Her building was known locally as ‘The Beehive’, a place of ‘industry’ that became a noted feature of Bethnal Green Road, where people could encounter a welcoming and hospitable community. Hence, our name!
The Beehive forms part of the wider charitable work of BGMC. The Beehive is a café, community hub and co-working space providing high quality food, coffee, tea and welcome. It is a not-for-profit enterprise with a desire to use any money made to drive quality and to support and equip those from disadvantaged backgrounds through partnership and opportunity.
Your passion for the area
Like many organisations in Bethnal Green, we have been around a long time in different forms. The diversity and creativity of Bethnal Green with all its paradoxes and challenges continues to inspire us to work for the well-being of all.
As a church and charity we hope that our new building will be a creative, accessible and welcoming hub and we are open to anybody using it. We are particularly passionate that high quality, locally made food and coffee should not be set a premium cost, so we have set all our hot and cold drinks, cakes and food at prices we think most people can access.
We hope that the Beehive, alongside other projects and events running from the new BGMC building will add to the vibrancy and creativity that already exists in Bethnal Green and we look forward to partnering with others so the community can benefit from this space.
The Beehive can be found at 305 Cambridge Heath Road and is open every day of the week.
There are lots of ways that London Borough of Tower Hamlets supports local business, regardless of what stage of the entrepreneurial journey they are at.
LoveBethnalGreen.com wants to provide up to date information on what those offers are, and how you can access them, so please check back to this very section of LoveBethnalGreen.com, and we will keep it up to date with the latest offers.
Have a look below at the support that’s available, and click through to find out more;
And if you aren’t sure what support will work best for you and your ideas, please fill out this form and someone from the Enterprise Team will be in touch.
If you would like to chat to someone at the Enterprise Team about anything you have read here, don’t hesitate to give them a call – 020 7364 2278
It’s time to gather together for another meeting of ‘The Green’.
We’re looking forward to discussing our part in Social Saturday with you – a Saturday in October that shines a light on social enterprises in the area. We’re looking to you to help us shape up plans for that.
Plus we’re looking forward to hearing from some new businesses in the area, & also we welcome guest speaker Hannah Arnett from Phytology, who will tell us about her work on the Urban Mind project.
We’ll be covering off the agenda below – join us, and if you can’t come, please share the meeting far and wide. We all get more out of these interactions when there are more voices in the room.
Please do come armed with updates on your business and your projects – we exist to promote your work, so please make use of LoveBethnalGreen.com.
AGENDA – Tuesday 14th August – 6pm – Oxford House
1 – GUEST SPEAKER; Hannah Arnett from Bethnal Green Nature Reserve to introduce Urban Mind project to local businesses
2 – Hearing from new businesses in the area, joining us for the 1st time.
3 – Confirmation of content strands for LoveBethnalGreen.com in support of Night Time Economy, Food Businesses, Retail Businesses + #E2ToDo
4 – Key Agenda Item; Discussing plans for Social Saturday, October 13th 2018
5 – AOB
Next in our Bethnal Greeners series are good friends of LoveBethnalGreen, Phytology, who are on the site of Bethnal Green Nature Reserve. It’s an art led project exploring the function, and value of the modern urban landscape, established and led by local artist Michael Smythe and the board of trustees. (www.phytology.org.uk)
We caught up with Hannah Arnott to hear about her research into the Urban Mind project. Hannah is a key player with Phytology, and will be at Oxford House for the meeting of ‘The Green’ on Tuesday 14th August to discuss Urban Mind and its exploration of social inclusion and neighbourhood safety in the Bethnal Green area.
Phytology is located within Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, formally St Jude’s church before it was bombed in the Second World War. Since then, the local community have protected the land from development and in 2014 opened the successful Phytology medicine garden for local education and medicine harvesting.
The Phytology medicinal garden provides free food and medicine. Phytology is running an Urban Mind community research project, exploring the physical and mental health benefits and challenges we all experience living in Tower Hamlets and modern cities globally.
Your passion for the area:
Bethnal Green is a vibrant and diverse neighbourhood with people connecting and experiencing with the area in many different ways. Our project wants to better understand and explore ways we can all make our neighbourhood feel safer and more inclusive.
Join the research project by downloading the Urban Mind app (www.urbanmind.info) and taking part in conversations on how to improve the local social environment. We invite people to participate in a group discussion at Phytology on 25th August and 8th September.
You can help shape healthy and inclusive cities by being part of the community research, part of the international Urban Mind research project.
This month we look forward to some lesser known happenings that E2 has to offer in August. There is such a huge amount that goes on in this pocket of London, we’re looking to really celebrate the sheer range of activity that businesses and organisations put together to keep us challenged, intrigued and inspired. Remember – if you have anything coming up that you would like us to promote on your behalf – simply tag @LoveBthnlGreen on Twitter or Instagram (no vowels in Bthnl!) and use the #E2ToDo, & we’ll help get the word out. To August!
Thai Boxing Fighters Academy AGM – Garrett Centre
Monday 6th August – 7pm-9pm
The Thai Boxing Fighters Academy isn’t nearly as mean as it sounds. The great work that founder Gohar Ghouse has delivered over the years in the borough has helped its beneficiaries with discipline and fitness, as well as supported many dealing with mental health issues back into work. Its impact is far reaching, and this AGM gives Gohar and his team the chance to reflect and look forward. Join them to hear from special guest speakers, and to have a bite to eat too on them. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Garret Centre, 117 Mansford Street, E2 6LX
Sara Pascoe – Backyard Comedy Club
Wednesday 8th August – 8pm-10pm
Sara Pascoe is becoming a staple of the panel show circuit, with regular slots on ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘QI’ & ‘Frankie Boyle’s New World Order’. She brings a refreshing blend of matter of fact, deadpan realism to the table, and never seems to over-cook it, relying more on her capacity to connect with audiences in an understated way. Get over the intimate surroundings of the Backyard Comedy Club to see her re-work some material before heading out on tour.
231 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 0EL
Opening Night of The Bethnal Green Tavern – Bethnal Green Road
Wednesday 8th August – 5:30pm onwards
The ever-changing face of Bethnal Green Road gets another nip and tuck in the form of The Bethnal Green Tavern, which opens its doors for the first time in its new format on Wednesday 8th August. There will be music from Whiskey Symposium, as well as tasters of their food and drink menu. Come on down from 5:30pm and see what the latest pub offering on Bethnal Green Road has to say for itself…#BethnalGreenTav
456 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0EA
‘The Green’ partnership meeting
Tuesday 14th August – 6pm-7:30pm
It’s time to get together again for our partnership meeting, bringing together businesses, organisations and individuals who live in the Bethnal Green area to hear what they’ve got coming up, and offer them support to really promote themselves via our channels and activities. This month, we’ll be looking ahead to Social Saturday in October, when we’ll be shining a light on the excellent work of social enterprises across the area. Come and have your say!
Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, E2 6HG
MAKEMORE Festival – Victoria Park
Thursday 23rd – Monday 27th August
MAKEMORE is a new kind of festival – a festival for your hands. Come and spend the day having a go at all different kinds of making, under the expert guidance of some of the most exciting makers working today. You can discover what kind of maker you are through a series of quick hands on activities. Get inspired by the creative energy, some great live music and stand up comedy, plus the best in bars and streetfood. Get your tickets now for this unique east end gathering.
Victoria Park, E3 5TB
Summer Fun Day & Gym Launch – Pollard Square
Monday 27th August – 11am-4pm
Join us for a day of family fun and the launch of the new outdoor gym. This is the launch of a new outdoor space for you to get fit and socialise at, with weekly classes every Monday 6-7pm & every Tuesday 1:30-2:30pm. For more information contact email@example.com or 0207 365 5227
Pollard Square, E2 6LP
In our new series of longer conversations, ‘Bethnal Green; After Hours’, we’re shining a light on all of the fantastic businesses that make E2 such a vibrant place to be at night. The pubs, the clubs, the galleries, the restaurants & the bars – new & old – we’re blessed as an area with some hidden gems and some straight-up institutions that fly the flag for the ever changing, ever-beloved East End.
First up, we caught up with owner Paddy Walsh, from Cambridge Heath Road based music venue Redon. We’re lucky to have such a generous & knowledgeable music man in our midst – nice one, Paddy!
|● Hi Paddy, thanks for sparing the time? what you up to today?
Monday is my day of rest. After a hectic weekend at work, it’s the perfect time to put my feet up and enjoy the sunshine.
● Tell us a bit about Redon – how big is it? where is it and what’s the vision?
Redon is a 250 capacity music and performance venue, located in a Victorian railway arch on Cambridge Heath Road.
The vision was to create a no-nonsense live music venue with excellent sound quality and a well stocked bar. Over the years I’ve been to so many gigs that were ruined by poor sound quality, so getting the sound right at Redon was the first priority. We have installed a brand new Martin Audio PA, which sounds beautifully warm and clear. The decor is by no means flashy, but the space feels very atmospheric and intimate. In my opinion it’s a great place to watch a gig.
Lots of London venues have been closed down in recent years, often due to complaints about noise pollution. With this in mind, we extensively sound proofed the venue so that we can play music at a decent volume without disturbing our neighbours.
In case you were wondering, the name is a tribute to my favourite artist: the French symbolist painter Odilon Redon.
● Why Bethnal Green? Have you got a particular affinity with the area?
I love Bethnal Green. I’ve lived in the area for 14 years, and seen it change a great deal during that time. Gentrification has had a massive impact; the area still retains a multicultural identity but the disparity between the Haves and the Have Nots has never been greater. Personally I miss the more bohemian, arty vibe of yesteryear, but its still a cool neighbourhood with lots to offer. I hope Redon is a welcome addition to the local music scene.
● How can we keep as many people as possible involved in cultural outputs at a time when the area is developing so quickly?
Sadly, much of the artistic and creative community who used to gravitate here have been forced out of the area by sky high property prices. Personally I’d like to see live / work artist studios being subsidised to encourage that culture to thrive. Similarly, it would be great if music venues and recording studios were offered some protection and support by the local authorities. The powers that be have to ask themselves: what kind of a neighbourhood do you want this to be ? Vibrant and creative, or soulless and sanitised?
● Are there any nights you’ve had so far in Redon that have really stood out? What makes for a really memorable night from your point of view as the guy in charge?
We’ve hosted lots of great nights already, too many to mention in fact. One that really stood out for me was a Movimientos party back in April , with a live show by Let Drum Beat. The atmosphere was electric, and Let Drum Beat totally blew me away. If you haven’t heard of them yet, Let Drum Beat are an all-female, afro Brazilian band with a captivating, distinctive sound – I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face for a week after that gig.
● Are there venues that you really look up to and are looking to replicate, or is Redon looking to strike brand new chords?
The Jazz Cafe in Camden is one of my favourite venues, I’ve been to countless gigs there over the years. It’s such an imitate venue, where you feel very connected with the musicians on stage. Total Refreshment Centre (TRC) is another inspiration; their programming is consistently excellent. Sadly TRC have been forced to close, at least temporarily. I’m not sure what the situation is exactly, but I hope they are back open again soon. London can’t afford to lose another music venue.
● What have you got coming up that our readers should be getting along to?
We aim to be as eclectic and inclusive as possible with our programming, so I hope there will be something that appeals to almost everyone. In the next few months, we have shows encompassing rock, hip hop, jazz, latin, house, disco and techno, and we’re open to pretty much anything! You can keep an eye on redonlive.com for details of forthcoming events.
This coming Saturday (30th June) we are very excited to welcome Brazilian Funk Legend Di Melo to play his first ever UK performance. This gig was scheduled to be take place at TRC, but following their recent issues we agreed to host the gig instead. I’d also strongly recommend Shakara Soul on 6th July. Their last party with Tim Garcia was amazing, and this time round they have Cedric Woo from Beauty and the Beat headlining the bill.
Finally, I’d like to give a plug to our Queer Cabaret nights, which take place every Thursday. We’ve teamed up with some of London’s best LGBTIQ promoters. who have helped us to create an inclusive and welcoming space for the community. The cabaret performers are often funny, sometimes thought provoking, occasionally outrageous and always entertaining.
● Finally any advice to anyone who’s keen on getting into the music venue game, but who doesn’t know how to get going?
Promoting a club night will teach you a lot of the skills you need, so that’s a good place to start. If you’ve managed to get a successful club night off the ground, you’ll be a good candidate for a job working in house at a venue like Redon.
When you’re ready to take the plunge and open your own venue – make sure you do a good feasibility study first! These days, all it takes is a few noise complaints to lose your license – so choose your location wisely and think carefully about how you plan to avoid disruption to local residents.
This month, we’re launching a new #Hashtag for our Love Bethnal Green To Do lists, to ensure that as many people as possible get wind of the brilliant breadth of activity going on in and around the area. #E2ToDo will be your monthly dose of what’s happening here in Bethnal Green, plus it gives everyone the chance to share their own activity with us so that we can help promote it. Simply tag @LoveBthnlGreen on Twitter or Instagram (no vowels in Bthnl!) and use the #E2ToDo, & we’ll help get the word out.
Now – to July …… & it’s a busy one
Boishakhi Mela – Weavers Fields
Sunday 1st July – 12 noon – 19:00
Celebrating Boishakhi Mela – the Bangla New Year – in the UK, dates back to when Bengali students came to study here in mid to late Twentieth Cent
ury. When Bangladesh achieved independence in 1971, these celebrations really took off in Trafalgar Square, and as the Bangladeshi community grew in east London, so did the New Year celebrations, with the largest Boishakhi Mela taking place at Brick Lane in May 1998.
This year, for the third year running, the mela returns to Weavers Fields in the heart of Banglatown. Since 2016 the mela has been organised by the council with input from a wide ranging Mela Community Engagement Group and this year yet again, we see a great blend of music, art, food, craft and family friendly activity, celebrating the very best in Bengali culture.
Weavers Fields, 22 Derbyshire St, London E2 6HJ
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TAI CHI LESSONS – St. Margaret’s House
Wednesday mornings 07:30 – 08:30am from Wednesday 4th July
You are invited to practise the martial art of Tai Chi on Wednesday mornings throughout the summer in Bethnal Green.
Start your day moving through an energising and calming session with expert James Mills. James started learning Tai Chi with Master John Ding in 2005. He is interested in bringing Tai Chi to the local community for improved health and wellbeing. He believes that Tai Chi is very systematic and holistic in its approach, allowing each student to grow in their own unique way.
This practice will take place in the garden of St. Margaret’s House, or in the Mulberry Rooms in the case of bad weather. It’s suitable for all levels, & please wear loose comfortable clothing.
Drop-in price is £5, or 6 sessions for £25 through Eventbrite.
St. Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PL
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What the River Brings – St. John on Bethnal Green
Saturday 14th July – 19:30 – 22:00
Join The Grand Union Orchestra for a spectacular new show with performers from across east London.
What the River Brings celebrates the waves of migration that have shaped east London over the centuries, and continue to do so today. 70 years on from the arrival of the Empire Windrush, we’ll be celebrating migrants past and present, & their music that’s done so much to shape our culture.
With music composed and arranged by Tony Haynes, this show will be performed by people from those communities that have settled here.
What the River Brings tells of their experience and the stories of the East End, through music and song that conjure up both the hope and the hardships felt.
St. John on Bethnal Green, The Crypt St Johns Church, 200 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA
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The Providence Row Art Show – Rich Mix
Thursday 19th July – Monday 23rd July
Providence Row is a homelessness charity just down the other end of Brick Lane. It provides a range of services for those affected by homelessness, including a vibrant and creative learning and wellbeing programme which offers a range of groups in art, music, writing, discussion and much more. This exhibition shares with you some of the brilliant work made in these groups.
This is art from the heart of E1, & we can get behind this activity despite the postcode, because we’re so behind the cause.
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
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Love Carnival – Redon
Friday 27th July – 22:00 – 04:00
Love Carnival is a regular party providing your recommended dose of tropical uplift, bringing in top international and homebrewed guests from the world of tropical bass music. DJs on the night will be running through the spectrum of fresh tropical riddims from Cumbia to Afrobeats, Dancehall, Moombahton and much more.
This dance takes place at excellent Bethnal Green based venue, Redon, on Cambridge Heath Road. It’s well worth a look, with an exemplary soundsystem and a welcoming team, plus it’s only a short walk from Bethnal Green Underground.
We’re giving away 2 sets of tickets to Love Carnival. Just get in touch here & tell us why you should win. We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday 25th July.
Redon, Arch 289, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9HA
LoveBethnalGreen.com has a new weekly interview format, which will explore the great stuff that’s happening across the E2 area. It’s for those who don’t want to go deep, but want to be in the know.
First up, we have Oxford House. We caught up with CEO John Ryan so that he could test drive the Bethnal Greeners format. Each interviewee will be given 5 simple headings to respond to in no more than 30 words, offering our readers an angle on their past, their present and their future, all shot through with why it is they love Bethnal Green. Easy as that. Here we go then….
- Your history
Oxford House was established in 1884 as the first “settlement house” where students and graduates from Keble College, Oxford undertook a period of residential volunteering to learn first-hand about the realities of urban poverty.
- Your business
We provide affordable office space to organisations. We’re also a multipurpose arts centre with a theatre, gallery and dance studio. We provide a range of volunteering opportunities where you can gain valuable work skills.
- Your passion for the area
We’re part of the furniture in Bethnal Green, & have been for over a century. We look to reflect the community in our programming and in who we host, and always will. Long live Bethnal Green!
- Your offers
As a charity, we understand the need for flexibility and the importance of good value for money. For where we are, you’d struggle to find a better deal on space and we’re proud of that.
- Your future
We have exciting times ahead, with Heritage Lottery backed renovations on our Grade II listed building starting now! (see below!) We’ll have new cafe, offices and roof terrace for the community by 2019 + a new Cultural Programmer.
Love Bethnal Green and Oxford House are looking for a Marketing & Communications Freelancer to join the team for 2 days a week between now and March 31st 2019.
We’re on the hunt for a social media savvy communications freelancer who is passionate about east London, to join the team part time to work on the ‘Thriving High Streets’ programme – that’s our partnership with London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
This role is the ideal stepping stone for someone looking to build experience in blogging, communications, social media, as well as building an understanding of local government.
It’s paid London Living Wage of £10.20 / hour and applications are open until noon on Monday 25th June.
Role: Marketing & Communications Freelancer (part-time)
Reporting To: Partnership Lead
Hours 14 hours per week
Salary £625 pcm, fixed term until 31/03/2019
Key Objectives: Furthering the partnership with London Borough of Tower Hamlets, supporting local business & increasing footfall in Bethnal Green.
Thank you for your interest in this role. Oxford House is looking for a social media savvy communications freelancer who is passionate about east London, to join the team part time to work on the ‘Thriving High Streets’ programme. This role is the ideal stepping stone for someone looking to build experience in blogging, marketing, communications, social impact and public services.
This role is to be delivered on a freelance basis, and as such the successful candidate will take responsibility for paying their own national insurance and income tax contributions.
About the ‘Thriving High Streets’ strategy
The Thriving High Streets project is funded by the Greater London Authority, and Oxford House has been commissioned by and working with Tower Hamlets Council to deliver the project until the end of March 2019. The project involves supporting the delivery of a programme of activity that covers the points below;
- Business support to improve performance of local businesses
- Public realm improvements, making Bethnal Green greener, & street markets improvements
- Supporting events & activities programmes that promote the area
- Marketing & promotion of businesses and organisations to improve footfall in the area
- Passionate about community, with an interest in supporting local community activity.
- With a passion for Bethnal Green & for east London, the ideal candidate will live locally.
- Experienced with social media and happy to manage Love Bethnal Green’s channels independently, including Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.
- Strong communication skills, written and verbal.
- Confident and able to work autonomously, and always a positive team player.
- Organised and able to manage time very effectively.
The role will include the following tasks, and flexibility will be required as the candidate takes on other tasks as the role and the project develops.
- Develop and keep updated a comprehensive list of businesses in Bethnal Green District Centre
- Promote participation amongst businesses and traders in business initiatives funded by the Council
- Engage with schools to get them involved in activities in Bethnal Green Town Centre
- Helping to engage with properties owners with vacant units and promote options for activating the units and adding to the offer in the town centres once the actions from the feasibility study are agreed
- Support the promotion of businesses and of the market via gathering stories and putting out messaging on social media and the Love Bethnal Green Website
- Support delivery of activities and events managed by suppliers commissioned by the High Street & Town Centres team to help animate and promote Bethnal Green District Centre
How to apply
To apply, send a short supporting letter (200 words max) explaining your suitability for the role to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include an up to date CV as an attachment (max 2 pages) with detail of 2 x referees who can be contacted upon offer of the role.
The deadline for this role is 12 noon, Monday 25th June.
Interviews will take place week commencing 2nd July at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, E2.
Funded by Tower Hamlets
Supporting our High Streets and Town Centres