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Shard tenants to face 60 per cent hike in business rates

Shard tenants to face 60 per cent hike in business rates

The total annual business rates bill for the tenants of The Shard will rise from £5 million to almost £8 million by 2019, according to Colliers.

WeAreWaterloo BID expands to include LSBU campus and IWM

Businesses in Waterloo have backed the local business improvement district (BID) to continue for another five years. WeAreWaterloo now covers an extended area stretching almost as far as the Elephant & Castle.

WeAreWaterloo BID expands to include LSBU campus and IWM
SE1 businesses mark Shrove Tuesday with three pancake races

SE1 businesses mark Shrove Tuesday with three pancake races

Staff at the new Hilton London Bankside hotel held their own pancake race on Shrove Tuesday in addition to the established events organised by Better Bankside and the London Bubble theatre company.

Southwark Safe: new business crime reduction partnership

London's deputy mayor for policing and crime visited Elephant & Castle last month to launch a new business partnership.

Southwark Safe: new business crime reduction partnership
Team London Bridge BID wins backing for third five-year term

Team London Bridge BID wins backing for third five-year term

The business improvement district (BID) for the area between London Bridge and Tower Bridge will continue for a third term of five years from April 2016 after a ballot of local firms.

Team London Bridge: businesses vote on future of BID

Firms in the London Bridge area are this month voting on the future of their business improvement district (BID).

Team London Bridge: businesses vote on future of BID
Val Shawcross at official opening of Blackfriars Station shops

Val Shawcross at official opening of Blackfriars Station shops

All three shops in the new southern entrance to Blackfriars Station have now been let to tenants, says train operator Thameslink.

DFS staff in Old Kent Road get CPR training

DFS Old Kent Road located at Southernwood Retail Park is joining the British Heart Foundation's Nation of Lifesavers campaign by committing to train staff in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during 2015.

DFS staff in Old Kent Road get CPR training
Duke of York opens Traveltech Lab at More London

Duke of York opens Traveltech Lab at More London

The Duke of York visited More London on Tuesday evening to open a new workspace for start-up businesses in the travel technology sector.

Local firms compete in pancake races at Borough Market and More London

Teams from Eight Associates and The Futures Company were the winners of the two Shrove Tuesday pancake races held in SE1 this week.

Local firms compete in pancake races at Borough Market and More London
TfL: 'zero tolerance' on pavement clutter on key SE1 streets

TfL: 'zero tolerance' on pavement clutter on key SE1 streets

Transport for London has declared 'zero tolerance' on 'A' boards and pavement clutter in Borough High Street and Tooley Street.

Riverside Bookshop relocates to Tooley Street

SE1's longest established independent bookshop has moved a few yards further inland to the Tooley Street side of Hay's Galleria.

Riverside Bookshop relocates to Tooley Street
SE1-based chocolate company is Social Enterprise of the Year

SE1-based chocolate company is Social Enterprise of the Year

Last month Divine Chocolate - the fairtrade confectionary company based in Gainsford Street - was named as Social Enterprise of the Year at the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2014.

Local businesses urged to host foodbank collection boxes

Local businesses have been urged to sign up to the Waterloo Foodbank Supporters Scheme.

Local businesses urged to host foodbank collection boxes
Travel and technology incubator to open at More London

Travel and technology incubator to open at More London

London & Partners and The Trampery have launched a three-week application period for London's Traveltech Lab, an incubator space for innovative start-up businesses in the travel, tourism, hospitality and events sector.

Better Bankside BID wins third five-year term (and expands area)

The Better Bankside business improvement district will continue for a third five-year term after businesses voted overwhelmingly in favour.

Better Bankside BID wins third five-year term (and expands area)
Southwark Chamber of Commerce & Industry celebrates 90 years

Southwark Chamber of Commerce & Industry celebrates 90 years

The Southwark Chamber of Commerce & Industry has marked its 90th anniversary with a gala party at the Hop Exchange in Southwark Street.

Tiffany moves to The Shard

New York's Fifth Avenue jeweller Tiffany & Co is to make The Shard its new UK headquarters.

Tiffany moves to The Shard
IPC rebrands as Time Inc UK

IPC rebrands as Time Inc UK

IPC Media, based in the Blue Fin Building behind Tate Modern, is to be rebranded Time Inc. UK.

Thieves on mopeds stealing Apple computers from SE1 offices

Police have warned local businesses to be vigilant after a spate of thefts of Apple Mac computers from local ground-floor offices and creative studios.

Thieves on mopeds stealing Apple computers from SE1 offices
MP welcomes News UK's commitment to training young journalists

MP welcomes News UK's commitment to training young journalists

Bermondsey MP Simon Hughes last month addressed a conference of young journalists from more than two dozen London schools.

M&S shuts Simply Food store at Waterloo Station

Marks & Spencer has closed its main Simply Food store on the concourse of Waterloo Station.

M&S shuts Simply Food store at Waterloo Station
South Bank Business Improvement District approved

South Bank Business Improvement District approved

A new business improvement district (BID) for the South Bank will launch in October after businesses between Lambeth Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge voted in favour of the proposal.

SE1 meat processing firm says UK must remain in the EU

The owner of a new halal meat processing plant in South Bermondsey says that the UK's continued membership of the European Union is essential to his firm's survival.

SE1 meat processing firm says UK must remain in the EU
Removal firm Rocketvan relocates from Bankside to Walworth

Removal firm Rocketvan relocates from Bankside to Walworth

Removal firm Rocketvan has moved from Union Street after more than six years under the railway bridge.

Estate agents and bankers triumph in SE1 pancake races

Teams from RBS and estate agents Kalmars won SE1's two Shrove Tuesday pancake races.

Estate agents and bankers triumph in SE1 pancake races
Local estate agent sponsors Lower Marsh market stall

Local estate agent sponsors Lower Marsh market stall

A flower stall in Lower Marsh is being sponsored by a Waterloo estate agent.

Pets at Home opens Old Kent Road store

Pet shop chain Pets at Home has opened at the Cantium Retail Park in Old Kent Road.

Pets at Home opens Old Kent Road store
Southwark chooses Tower Bridge Road for High Street Challenge launch

Southwark chooses Tower Bridge Road for High Street Challenge launch

This week Southwark's cabinet member for communities and economic wellbeing visited Tower Bridge Road to launch a new fund for improvements to local high streets.

RBS downsizes its Bankside offices

The Royal Bank of Scotland is to move out of one of its two Bankside office blocks.

RBS downsizes its Bankside offices
Riverside House next to Southwark Bridge changes hands for £122m

Riverside House next to Southwark Bridge changes hands for £122m

A Bankside office block at Riverside House next to Southwark Bridge has changed hands for £122 million.

Morley's market stalls to become regular fixture in Lower Marsh

New Morley College-branded market stalls have been launched in Lower Marsh to showcase the work of art, design and enterprise students.

Morley's market stalls to become regular fixture in Lower Marsh
Woolfson & Tay bookshop to close down (again)

Woolfson & Tay bookshop to close down (again)

Less than a year after relocating from Bermondsey Square to Bankside, independent bookshop Woolfson & Tay has announced its closure.

Bankside Christmas appeal receives record number of gifts

'Together at Christmas', the annual Christmas appeal set up by Better Bankside has collected more than 1,800 gifts for over 600 people across the Bankside area.

Bankside Christmas appeal receives record number of gifts
Eden Caterers wins Waterloo Community Award

Eden Caterers wins Waterloo Community Award

Local business Eden Caterers has been named as this year's Waterloo Community Award winner.

Cooper's Natural Foods shuts after three decades in Lower Marsh

Cooper's health food shop closed on Saturday after 32 years trading in Lower Marsh.

Cooper's Natural Foods shuts after three decades in Lower Marsh
On Your Bike celebrates 30 years at London Bridge

On Your Bike celebrates 30 years at London Bridge

Local bicycle shop 'On Your Bike' is celebrating its 30th anniversary this autumn.

Simon Hughes hosts round-table discussion with local businesses

Representatives of local firms joined Simon Hughes MP and Liberal Democrat councillors last month for a round-table discussion about jobs and business in Southwark.

Simon Hughes hosts round-table discussion with local businesses
Copyprints moves to southern end of Borough High Street

Copyprints moves to southern end of Borough High Street

Copyprints, for over fifty years on the site of the Tabard Inn near London Bridge, has moved to the southern end of historic Borough High Street.

Bankside-based firm donates to Vauxhall Foodbank

An electrical firm which has its London offices in Copperfield Street has donated a boiler to the Vauxhall Foodbank.

Bankside-based firm donates to Vauxhall Foodbank
'Eco dry cleaning' shop opens in Tower Bridge Road

'Eco dry cleaning' shop opens in Tower Bridge Road

The Specialist Eco Cleaners has opened in Tower Bridge Road claiming to be the only 'eco dry cleaners' in the area and 'the best in the country'.

Historic picture show launches London Bridge arches vision

A consultation on a future use for London Bridge Station's arches has been launched by Team London Bridge with an on site photographic exhibition.

Historic picture show launches London Bridge arches vision
Local firms encouraged to recruit apprentices

Local firms encouraged to recruit apprentices

Dozens of local employers this week attended a breakfast event on the South Bank to learn how they could take on apprentices in partnership with Lambeth College.

Selco opens Old Kent Road builders' merchants

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened its 17th branch in London in Marlborough Grove, just off Old Kent Road.

Selco opens Old Kent Road builders' merchants
Delfina restaurant to relaunch as Tanner & Co

Delfina restaurant to relaunch as Tanner & Co

The Delfina restaurant in Bermondsey Street has closed for refurbishment. It will reopen in May under the name Tanner & Co.

Waterloo mum named as Lambeth's top female entrepreneur

A Waterloo entrepreneur who has set up a business teaching first aid skills to parents has won £1000 and an iPad mini at the Brand Amplifier awards on the South Bank.

Waterloo mum named as Lambeth's top female entrepreneur
EmploySE1 local recruitment service expands into Lambeth

EmploySE1 local recruitment service expands into Lambeth

EmploySE1 has extended its catchment area from Southwark into the Borough of Lambeth to include both Waterloo and Vauxhall.

Local firms compete in Bankside and London Bridge pancake races

Better Bankside's seventh annual pancake race was held in Borough Market on Tuesday featuring 16 teams from local businesses and organisations.

Local firms compete in Bankside and London Bridge pancake races
Bread Angels course helps Southwark locals to earn a crust

Bread Angels course helps Southwark locals to earn a crust

A new training scheme sponsored by the Peabody Trust is training eight local young people to bake and sell bread.

Local publisher becomes liveryman of City's Stationers' Company

Tej Sood, managing director of Blackfriars Road-based Anthem Press, was 'cloathed' as a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers at the traditional 'cloathing' ceremony last month at Stationers' Hall in the City of London.

Local publisher becomes liveryman of City's Stationers' Company
Death of Michael Kalmar, SE1 commercial property pioneer

Death of Michael Kalmar, SE1 commercial property pioneer

Michael Kalmar, founder of Kalmars commercial estate agents, has died at the age of 84.

Better Bankside invites local groups to apply to be community partners

Better Bankside's corporate responsibility programme is inviting local groups to apply to become 'community partners' and receive funding and in-kind support from the business sector.

Better Bankside invites local groups to apply to be community partners
Bankside gets wrapping for SE1's vulnerable and homeless

Bankside gets wrapping for SE1's vulnerable and homeless

Gifts donated by Bankside businesses and residents that will clothe, feed and support more than 600 homeless people and youngsters with special needs in SE1 were gift-wrapped last week through an initiative run by Better Bankside.

Shell Centre developers launch South London Procurement Network

An initiative to help local businesses compete for contracts linked to major regeneration projects has been launched by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar, the joint venture developers of the Shell Centre on the South Bank.

Shell Centre developers launch South London Procurement Network
St John Ambulance launches First Aid at Work training in SE1

St John Ambulance launches First Aid at Work training in SE1

St John Ambulance has launched a series of First Aid at Work training courses at a new venue close to Borough Underground Station.

Tossed promises 'healthier eating' at Bankside Mix

Lettuce-clad models visited Canvey Street on Wednesday to mark the opening of the ninth branch of salad and 'healthier eating' chain Tossed.

Tossed promises 'healthier eating' at Bankside Mix
Bankside-based firm helps Southwark teenagers develop IT skills

Bankside-based firm helps Southwark teenagers develop IT skills

Southwark Street-based IT company Aiimi has helped pupils from four local schools to develop their IT skills in a real business environment.

Southwark teenagers organise youth employment conference

Seven 16 and 17-year-olds who live or go to school in Southwark have organised a conference to be held at Tate Modern on the issue of youth employability.

Southwark teenagers organise youth employment conference
Young entrepreneurs visit Borough Market to refine business idea

Young entrepreneurs visit Borough Market to refine business idea

Teenagers taking part in The Challenge, a summer programme for young people, visited Borough Market this week to get expert advice from traders.

Vince Cable: put start-up businesses in the Shard's empty offices

Business secretary Vince Cable fielded questions from local employers on Monday night when he addressed a meeting of Southwark Chamber of Commerce.

Vince Cable: put start-up businesses in the Shard's empty offices
Practical Law Company helps Lambeth and Southwark students onto career ladder

Practical Law Company helps Lambeth and Southwark students onto career ladder

Last week 40 students from schools in Southwark and Lambeth visited the Practical Law Company's offices in Hatfields for two careers events.

Council offers £40,000 to help revive Tower Bridge Road

Southwark Council is to provide £40,000 funding to establish a new Tower Bridge Road Business Association to enhance and promote the street as a shopping destination.

Council offers £40,000 to help revive Tower Bridge Road
Dulux dog drops in to Lower Marsh on Independents' Day

Dulux dog drops in to Lower Marsh on Independents' Day

A celebrity appearance by the Dulux dog was one of the highlights of Waterloo's celebrations of the first ever 4 July Independents' Day - a national initiative to promote small local shops.

Southwark College quiz raises £3000 for FareShare charity

More than 200 representatives of local business took part in a charity quiz organised by Southwark College earlier this month.

Southwark College quiz raises £3000 for FareShare charity
New website to promote independent shops in Great Suffolk Street

New website to promote independent shops in Great Suffolk Street

A new website has been set up to promote one of SE1's best kept secrets: the parade of independent shops in Great Suffolk Street.

Tower Bridge Road businesses pull together to seek improvements

Businesses in Tower Bridge Road have got together to submit an application to Southwark's £1 million community restoration fund as a growing consensus emerges that the street needs improvement.

Tower Bridge Road businesses pull together to seek improvements
Bankside businesses get the lowdown on Budget from local experts

Bankside businesses get the lowdown on Budget from local experts

Representatives of businesses based in the Bankside area gathered at the Jerwood Space on Thursday morning to hear two experts discuss George Osborne's latest Budget statement.

Vauxhall firms vote in favour of business improvement district

Employers in Vauxhall have voted to approve the setting up of a business improvement district stretching from Lambeth Bridge to Nine Elms and the Oval Cricket Ground. Vauxhall One's plans include a ranger service and refurbishment of railway arches.

Vauxhall firms vote in favour of business improvement district
Glaziers Hall team wins Better Bankside pancake race

Glaziers Hall team wins Better Bankside pancake race

The team from Glaziers Hall was victorious in Better Bankside's annual Shrove Tuesday pancake race.

Boris Johnson praises "ethical capitalism" in Tooley Street

Mayor of London Boris Johnson declared ‘ethical capitalism’ alive and well at the opening of a social enterprise business support centre in Tooley Street on Tuesday.

Boris Johnson praises
Asda Old Kent Road donates £500 to winter night shelter charity

Asda Old Kent Road donates £500 to winter night shelter charity

A supermarket worker who took part in a sponsored sleepout in aid of a winter night shelter for homeless people in South London has received a £500 donation from her employers at Asda Old Kent Road.

Royal Oak receives 'Greater London Pub of the Year' certificate

The Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood has formally presented the Royal Oak in Borough with its Greater London Pub of the Year 2012 certificate.

Royal Oak receives 'Greater London Pub of the Year' certificate
Interhealth and Metro Safety win Waterloo Quarter team challenge

Interhealth and Metro Safety win Waterloo Quarter team challenge

Businesses and charities in Waterloo have teamed up to encourage locally based organisations to help each other out with practical in-kind support.

Calder Bookshop's "anti-business approach" triumphs at shop awards

The Calder Bookshop in The Cut has been declared London's Best Bookshop in the London Magazine's Great Little Shop Awards 2011.

Calder Bookshop's
Kate Hoey raises plight of Lower Marsh's Solarcentury in the Commons

Kate Hoey raises plight of Lower Marsh's Solarcentury in the Commons

Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey has told the House of Commons that Lower Marsh-based solar energy firm Solarcentury will be seriously affected by the Government's decision to cut the feed-in tariff scheme.

Design work by Southwark school pupils to be published in IPC magazines

Pupils from three Southwark schools were recognised for their achievement on IPC Media's Schools' Design Programme at a ceremony and exhibition that showcased their magazine designs.

Design work by Southwark school pupils to be published in IPC magazines
Bermondsey's Woolfson & Tay bookshop celebrates first birthday

Bermondsey's Woolfson & Tay bookshop celebrates first birthday

Woolfson & Tay bookshop in Bermondsey Square marked its first birthday on Saturday with music and special offers.

Better Bankside launches secure cycle park in Hopton Street

Better Bankside is marking the opening of its secure cycle park with a free trial offer.

Better Bankside launches secure cycle park in Hopton Street
Events Academy provides training for Southwark young people

Events Academy provides training for Southwark young people

The Better Bankside Events Academy has staged a networking evening as the climax to its summer project.

Chocolate Films presented with Social Enterprise Mark by Kate Hoey MP

A film company with offices at Southbank House in Black Prince Road was last week presented with the Social Enterprise Mark by Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey.

Chocolate Films presented with Social Enterprise Mark by Kate Hoey MP
SE1 estate agents named South London Business of the Year

SE1 estate agents named South London Business of the Year

Young London estate agents based in Webber Street have been named South London business of the year for their unusual business model which replaces commission for sales staff with rewards for delivering good customer service.

Bankside Health Club lunchtime run in aid of Breast Cancer Care

More than 60 members of a health club took part in a 3.5 mile lunchtime run in aid of the charity Breast Cancer Care.

Bankside Health Club lunchtime run in aid of Breast Cancer Care
Lower Marsh's Solarcentury presented with Queen's Award

Lower Marsh's Solarcentury presented with Queen's Award

Solarcentury has been presented with its Queen's Award for Enterprise during a brief ceremony in Waterloo.

Social enterprise bistro to open at Tooley Street fire station

PricewaterhouseCoopers has announced a three-way partnership between the private, public and third sectors to help disadvantaged individuals develop skills and find work through a new restaurant and cookery school in Tooley Street.

Social enterprise bistro to open at Tooley Street fire station
South Bank and Bankside to pilot new 'Business Neighbourhood' status

South Bank and Bankside to pilot new 'Business Neighbourhood' status

The South Bank and Bankside have been named as two of the eight 'frontrunners' across the country which will test out a new approach to planning with businesses working in partnership with residents.

Four SE1 firms win Queen's Awards for Industry

Four companies based in SE1 have been named among the recipients of the Queen's Awards for Industry 2011.

Four SE1 firms win Queen's Awards for Industry
Bankside businesses learn how George Osborne's Budget will affect them

Bankside businesses learn how George Osborne's Budget will affect them

Around seventy businesses were represented at the Better Bankside budget breakfast.

Osteopaths win Better Bankside pancake race

A team from the British School of Osteopathy won the fifth annual Better Bankside pancake race held in Montague Close on Shrove Tuesday lunchtime.

Osteopaths win Better Bankside pancake race
Waterloo Quarter BID wins second term

Waterloo Quarter BID wins second term

Waterloo Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) is to continue for another five years in an extended area after receiving strong support from the local business community.

Canadian Tourism Commission swaps Trafalgar Square for Bermondsey Square

The Canadian Tourism Commission is to move to Bermondsey Square from its current office in Trafalgar Square.

Canadian Tourism Commission swaps Trafalgar Square for Bermondsey Square
Bankside swaps regeneration tips with Manhattan

Bankside swaps regeneration tips with Manhattan

Southwark Council leader Peter John this week took part in a live web link-up with the Manhattan Construction Command Center in New York.

EmploySE1 helps local residents to gain jobs with local firms

SE1's three business improvement districts have teamed up to launch a new service to help their member businesses recruit unemployed Southwark residents.

EmploySE1 helps local residents to gain jobs with local firms
Team London Bridge and Better Bankside lead the winners at Mayor's awards

Team London Bridge and Better Bankside lead the winners at Mayor's awards

Team London Bridge and Better Bankside have been named as the main winners at the Mayor of London's first annual awards for business improvement districts in the capital.

Musical stars switch on Waterloo's Christmas tree lights

THE cast of Pinkalicious The Musical switched on Christmas tree lights as part of an evening of festive fun in Waterloo last Thursday.

Musical stars switch on Waterloo's Christmas tree lights
Simon Calder at Borough Market for launch of 'Lorries for Savvy Cyclists'

Simon Calder at Borough Market for launch of 'Lorries for Savvy Cyclists'

Broadcaster and travel writer Simon Calder joined politicians and business leaders at Borough Market last week for the launch of 'Lorries for Savvy Cyclists'.

Waterloo Quarter BID asks firms to back second five year term

The Waterloo Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) has launched its campaign to win the backing of local businesses for a second five-year term.

Waterloo Quarter BID asks firms to back second five year term
Team London Bridge business improvement district wins second term

Team London Bridge business improvement district wins second term

The business alliance covering the area between London Bridge and Tower Bridge has won a second term in a ballot of local firms.

Can Southwark firms set up 100 apprenticeships in 100 days?

A campaign has been launched to place '100 apprentices in 100 days' in Southwark workplaces.

Can Southwark firms set up 100 apprenticeships in 100 days?
Moma: how a Waterloo East breakfast barrow conquered the world

Moma: how a Waterloo East breakfast barrow conquered the world

It's more than four years since SE1 resident Tom Mercer swapped his management consultant job in the City for a new life selling healthy breakfasts to commuters at Waterloo East Station.

Vapiano pizza and pasta chain plans Bankside Mix restaurant

German pizza and pasta chain Vapiano is looking to open its second UK restaurant at the Bankside Mix development on Southwark Street.

Vapiano pizza and pasta chain plans Bankside Mix restaurant
Hannibal House fully occupied as shopping centre's future remains in doubt

Hannibal House fully occupied as shopping centre's future remains in doubt

Hannibal House, the office block above the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, is now 100 per cent occupied as negotiations about the redevelopment of the site continue.

Team London Bridge unveils its manifesto for a second term

Team London Bridge has launched its programme for a second term with a four point plan.

Team London Bridge unveils its manifesto for a second term
Bermondsey teenagers invited to apply for summer apprenticeships at WPF Therapy

Bermondsey teenagers invited to apply for summer apprenticeships at WPF Therapy

Six young people from Bermondsey and Southwark are being offered the chance to gain employment skills on 'The Apprentices Project' at WPF Therapy.

Entrepreneurs gather on South Bank to launch businesses in 54 hours

More than 60 people worked in 11 teams for 54 hours over the weekend to create new technology-based business ideas at the London Startup Weekend held at the IBM building on the South Bank.

Entrepreneurs gather on South Bank to launch businesses in 54 hours
Peter John joins local employment summit

Peter John joins local employment summit

'Innovation, action and outcomes' is to be the theme of Labour's new Southwark administration said Cllr Peter John.

All change at Bankside Mix: Amano reopens but Viva Verdi ceases trading

The Amano cafe-bar at Bankside's Blue Fin Building has reopened after a 15-month closure but the Viva Verdi prosciutto bar has shut down.

All change at Bankside Mix: Amano reopens but Viva Verdi ceases trading
Waterloo Film Studios opens on Webber Street

Waterloo Film Studios opens on Webber Street

An established production company has decided to make Waterloo its new London headquarters and is busy completing a new film studio complex in Webber Street.

Better Bankside wins second five-year term in business ballot

Better Bankside, SE1's first business improvement district (BID), has won a second five-year term in a ballot of the 460 businesses in the area.

Better Bankside wins second five-year term in business ballot
Mayor of Southwark opens Laithwaites Wine shop at Vinopolis

Mayor of Southwark opens Laithwaites Wine shop at Vinopolis

The Mayor of Southwark Cllr Jeff Hook has officially opened the new Laithwaites Wine shop at Vinopolis.

Borough High Street's Online Ticket Exchange is wound up in the High Court

Two ticket tout companies run by Terry Shepherd - including The Online Ticket Exchange in Borough High Street - have been wound up in the High Court following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

Borough High Street's Online Ticket Exchange is wound up in the High Court
Bankside's Tsuru Japanese restaurant launches local delivery service

Bankside's Tsuru Japanese restaurant launches local delivery service

Tsuru, a Japanese restaurant near Tate Modern, is to launch a local delivery service this month.

Uptown Oil and LSBU academics cook up low carbon fuel recipe

A Southwark-based company is driving forward the development of biofuel with the support of the London Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund.

Uptown Oil and LSBU academics cook up low carbon fuel recipe
Lower Marsh market traders unaware of £1,000 contest

Lower Marsh market traders unaware of £1,000 contest

In Lower Marsh Market last month only two stallholders had heard about the 2010 Lambeth Business Awards.

Nearly 500 gifts for local people donated by London Bridge businesses

This Christmas will be more enjoyable for around 500 people thanks to the generosity of London Bridge businesses and their employees.

Nearly 500 gifts for local people donated by London Bridge businesses
Simon Hughes opens new Glass & Glazing Federation HQ

Simon Hughes opens new Glass & Glazing Federation HQ

Simon Hughes MP opened the new Glass and Glazing Federation offices in Ayres Street on Thursday afternoon.

Better Bankside appeal launched at cathedral tree lighting

Better Bankside members were present at Southwark Cathedral for the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Better Bankside appeal launched at cathedral tree lighting
WHSmith comes to Bankside but NatWest axes branch plan

WHSmith comes to Bankside but NatWest axes branch plan

WHSmith this week opened a new branch at the Bankside Mix development on Southwark Street but we can reveal that NatWest has abandoned its plan to open a branch.

FT boss David Bell on "phenomenal" transformation of Bankside

"Bankside is now one of the most attractive parts of London," says Sir David Bell.

FT boss David Bell on
Wedding Wardrobe opens in Kennington Road

Wedding Wardrobe opens in Kennington Road

Cllr Diana Braithwaite cut the ribbon to open a new bridal gown shop in Bishop's ward on Thursday afternoon.

Snowsfields Wellness opens new clinic

The new Snowsfields Wellness health food shop in Snowsfields has now opened a clinic in the same building.

Snowsfields Wellness opens new clinic
London Eye boss David Sharpe to chair South Bank Employers' Group

London Eye boss David Sharpe to chair South Bank Employers' Group

David Sharpe of Merlin Entertainments is the new chairman of the South Bank Employers' Group, succeeding Andrew Eddy of Shell.

More than 100 jobs created in Southwark thanks to Earn and Learn

SE1 employers including Vinopolis, Better Bankside and Team London Bridge are part of a new Earn and Learn scheme which will create more than 100 jobs in Southwark.

More than 100 jobs created in Southwark thanks to Earn and Learn
Management changes at Borough Market

Management changes at Borough Market

Borough Market Trustees have appointed Peter Wilkinson as board chairman with Glenis Reagon as managing director.

Pink folding bicycles available to Bankside businesses

London Assembly member Valerie Shawcross has presented the first of fourteen pool bikes to businesses as part of a new Better Bankside scheme.

Pink folding bicycles available to Bankside businesses
Gold for etc.venues in Southwark environmental awards

Gold for etc.venues in Southwark environmental awards

A conference centre near Elephant & Castle has been awarded a gold medal in recognition of its efforts at putting the environment at the heart of its day-to-day operations.

London Bridge to be testing ground for new business policing tactics

A new model for policing in business areas is to be trialled in London Bridge.

London Bridge to be testing ground for new business policing tactics
Mayor of Lambeth opens new Tikka Hut counter in York Road

Mayor of Lambeth opens new Tikka Hut counter in York Road

Lambeth Mayor Cllr Christopher Wellbelove visited Costcutter in York Road last week to open a new Tikka Hut counter and collect a cheque for his mayoral charity.

Forster is Britain's top green business

Forster, the ethical communications company, is named Britain's greenest company in the 2009 Sunday Times Green List.

Forster is Britain's top green business
Paul bakery opens in Waterloo Road

Paul bakery opens in Waterloo Road

French family baker and patisserie Paul opened its latest branch in Waterloo Road at lunchtime on Wednesday.

Bankside businesses hear analysis of 'neutral' Budget from FT expert

A snap poll of Bankside businesses suggests that most think yesterday's Budget was neutral.

Bankside businesses hear analysis of 'neutral' Budget from FT expert
Chilli Chutney Express opens in York Road

Chilli Chutney Express opens in York Road

The Mayor of Lambeth cut the ribbon to launch a new Lahori cafe and takeaway in Waterloo on Monday.

Look under 25? You'll need to show ID to buy alcohol at Costcutter

Simon Hughes MP visited the Southwark Bridge Road Costcutter store for the launch of its new Challenge 25 policy on alcohol sales - and to check on progress since the Borough Post Office moved in last summer.

Look under 25? You'll need to show ID to buy alcohol at Costcutter
Tessa Jowell: London 2012 offers

Tessa Jowell: London 2012 offers "unprecedented opportunity" for Southwark businesses

Olympics minister Tessa Jowell has urged local entrepreneurs "to seize the opportunities that the Olympics will create for you, for your businesses and for Southwark".

Scoop summer theatre and mediation centre share £20,000 from London Bridge businesses

Team London Bridge has announced that it will continue to fund last year's successful applicants to the Building Bridges fund.

Scoop summer theatre and mediation centre share £20,000 from London Bridge businesses
Lower Marsh's Solarcentury is Lambeth business of the year

Lower Marsh's Solarcentury is Lambeth business of the year

Waterloo-based green energy firm Solarcentury was named business of the year at the Lambeth Business Awards last week.

Hannibal House is nearly full boasts Elephant shopping centre landlord

Nearly all the office space at Hannibal House - the 80,000 sq ft office block above Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre - has been let, landlord St Modwen has announced.

Hannibal House is nearly full boasts Elephant shopping centre landlord
New wave of grants announced as local kids show off their talents

New wave of grants announced as local kids show off their talents

More than 50 children took part in a concert at the Unicorn Theatre last week to showcase the work of community groups funded by Team London Bridge’s Small Grants Fund.

Queue at Elephant & Castle as 99p Store opens

More than seventy people were waiting outside the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre's new 99p Store when it opened its doors on Tuesday morning.

Queue at Elephant & Castle as 99p Store opens
SE1-based Latin American craft business launches new website

SE1-based Latin American craft business launches new website

Chicken Bus has launched a new website featuring crafts from South America.

Clarks makes way for 99p Store in Elephant shop changes

A 99p Store is due to replace the Clarks Factory Shop in the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre.

Clarks makes way for 99p Store in Elephant shop changes
Bath Travel buys Baxter Hoare

Bath Travel buys Baxter Hoare

Baxter Hoare Travel, one of the UK's longest-established specialist corporate travel agents, has been acquired by Bath Business Travel.

Work in London Bridge? Have your say on local policing

People who work, employ staff or run a business in the London Bridge area are being invited to help reshape the way the police look after the neighbourhood.

Work in London Bridge? Have your say on local policing
Brisket Restaurant opens again

Brisket Restaurant opens again

The new Brisket Restaurant in the former Bankside Restaurant space reopens this week after a burst water main caused temporary closure just a few weeks after its launch.

Bankside railway arches get office makeover

More than a dozen railway arches in the Bankside area are getting a £3.8 million makeover by Network Rail which will provide around 40,000 sq ft of new office space.

Bankside railway arches get office makeover
Bankside woman wins top retail 'inspiration of the year' award

Bankside woman wins top retail 'inspiration of the year' award

Bankside resident Cathy O'Neill, human resources director of Fortnum & Mason, has been named 'inspiration of the year' at the Everywomen in Retail Awards.

CP Hart brings Milanese and Bolognese bathrooms to Waterloo

Bathroom specialist CP Hart has completed a major refurbishment of its Hercules Road showroom by adding The Hart Theatre zone to showcase new designs.

CP Hart brings Milanese and Bolognese bathrooms to Waterloo
Free paper recycling for Waterloo businesses

Free paper recycling for Waterloo businesses

More than 80 businesses in Waterloo have signed up for Waterloo Quarter BID's new Recycle at Work scheme which launched last week.

Globe Business Publishing are Bankside boules champions

Play ran late as Better Bankside's own team 'Better Bouleside' and Globe Business Publishing battled out a friendly Boules final watched by commuters in Borough High High Street.

Globe Business Publishing are Bankside boules champions
Team London Bridge: new name for business improvement district

Team London Bridge: new name for business improvement district

The London Bridge Business Improvement District Company (LBBC) has changed its name to Team London Bridge.

Empire Square pavilion up for sale - if you've got a spare £1 million

The "sculptural pavilion" in the centre of Empire Square in the Borough has been put up for sale for just under £1 million.

Empire Square pavilion up for sale - if you've got a spare £1 million
Walking Tall looks to local businesses

Walking Tall looks to local businesses

The Walking Tall programme for young disadvantaged people is looking for business support.

New NHS dental clinic in the Borough

A new dental clinic accepting NHS patients has opened in the Borough.

New NHS dental clinic in the Borough
Hotel managers help South Bank foreshore clean-up

Hotel managers help South Bank foreshore clean-up

Managers from the Marriott hotel chain this week helped environmental charity Thames21 to clear litter from the Thames foreshore near County Hall.

London Bridge businesses support Scoop summer theatre

This summer's open-air theatre season at The Scoop next to City Hall is to benefit from an £8,000 grant from the London Bridge BID Company

London Bridge businesses support Scoop summer theatre
Boring Budget with risks says FT's John Willman

Boring Budget with risks says FT's John Willman

"A Budget with no theme and so little that is new" is the verdict of Financial Times business editor John Willman.

Waterloo Quarter BID expands into Southwark

The Waterloo Quarter Business Alliance is to expand its operations into Southwark following a ballot of local businesses - but only 32 per cent of eligible businesses bothered to vote.

Waterloo Quarter BID expands into Southwark
Blackfriars media firm raises £2,000 for homelessness charity

Blackfriars media firm raises £2,000 for homelessness charity

Mediaedge:cia, a media communications specialist based in Paris Garden, has raised £2,000 for London homelessness charity Thames Reach through an ingenious Christmas campaign.

Support for young Southwark entrepreneurs

Southwark residents aged 16-30 can apply for mentoring and small grants from a new project designed to support young local entrepreneurs.

Support for young Southwark entrepreneurs
Waterloo BID plans Southwark expansion

Waterloo BID plans Southwark expansion

The Waterloo Quarter Business Alliance has unveiled its plan to expand the business improvement district (BID) into the borough of Southwark.

Green accolade for Borough-based recycling firm

Lant Street-based recycling firm Paper Round has been named Best Performing Newcomer of Year at the Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code Awards.

Green accolade for Borough-based recycling firm
Norton Rose in the limelight at Lord Mayor's Show

Norton Rose in the limelight at Lord Mayor's Show

Staff from More London-based law firm Norton Rose played a key role in the Lord Mayor's Show on Saturday. The new Lord Mayor, David Lewis, was formerly senior partner of the firm.

Fairtrade chocolate firm is Britain's best social enterprise

Divine Chocolate, based in SE1's Gainsford Street, has been named Best Social Enterprise at the Enterprising Solutions Awards announced last month.

Fairtrade chocolate firm is Britain's best social enterprise
London Bridge businesses make green commitment

London Bridge businesses make green commitment

Businesses within the London Bridge Business Improvement District have shown their commitment to becoming more environmentally friendly.

Environmental gold award for Bankside's Lloyds TSB staff

Staff of Lloyds TSB in Park Street have won an Environmental Business Gold Award.

Environmental gold award for Bankside's Lloyds TSB staff
New business meeting rooms near Bermondsey Street

New business meeting rooms near Bermondsey Street

Elan & Co, a local firm of chartered accountants, is now offering meeting rooms for hire at its premises in Royal Oak Yard just off Bermondsey Street.

Local jobs for local people on the South Bank

An event held this week aims to ensure that people living in the South Bank area benefit from local job opportunities.

Local jobs for local people on the South Bank
Regus opens business lounge at More London

Regus opens business lounge at More London

Serviced office provider Regus has launched a new drop-in business lounge at 3 More London Riverside providing instant working space for just £15 an hour.

Royal Bank of Scotland confirms Bankside move

The Royal Bank of Scotland is to move into Land Securities' Bankside 2 and Bankside 3 buildings on Southwark Street.

Royal Bank of Scotland confirms Bankside move
New venues on Time Out shortlist

New venues on Time Out shortlist

Four new food and drink establishments in SE1 have been shortlisted for the Time Out Eating and Drinking Awards 2007.

Bankside group scoops top award for promoting greener travel

The Better Bankside Travel Planning Group won a top prize at the Transport for London Sustainable Transport Awards last week.

Bankside group scoops top award for promoting greener travel
Local jobs created by Bermondsey Spa regeneration

Local jobs created by Bermondsey Spa regeneration

More than 20 Southwark residents have taken part in construction training and eight people have gone into work through schemes set up as part of the Bermondsey Spa regeneration.

Award for fairtrade chocolate company boss

Sophi Tranchell, MD of Gainsford Street-based fairtrade chocolate company Divine Chocolate, has won a Real Business/CBI First Women Award for her achievements as a woman in business.

Award for fairtrade chocolate company boss
IPC completes King's Reach to Blue Fin Building relocation

IPC completes King's Reach to Blue Fin Building relocation

Magazine publisher IPC Media has completed its move from King's Reach Tower on Stamford Street to the Blue Fin Building on Southwark Street.

Better Bankside launch for TfL's Enterprise initiative

Transport for London chose to launch its new travel planning product for small and medium-sized enterprises at Vinopolis before an audience of Bankside businesses.

Better Bankside launch for TfL's Enterprise initiative
Great Suffolk Street developers double their money in a year

Great Suffolk Street developers double their money in a year

Proof of the strength of the commercial property market in SE1 - if any were needed - is provided by the sale of a 0.7 acre site in Great Suffolk Street.

PricewaterhouseCoopers to move to More London

Accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has confirmed that it will move 6,000 staff to a new building at the More London site on Tooley Street in 2010.

PricewaterhouseCoopers to move to More London
Shard's Shangri-La Hotel holds glittering party

Shard's Shangri-La Hotel holds glittering party

Shangri-La Hotels, who plan to open their first UK luxury hotel in the London Bridge Tower in 2011, held a star-studded party in London this week.

Spitalfields Canteen restaurant to open at Festival Hall

Modern British restaurant Canteen, which opened in Spitalfields two years ago, is to open a branch at the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank.

Spitalfields Canteen restaurant to open at Festival Hall
Sandi Toksvig presents export award to Waterloo firm

Sandi Toksvig presents export award to Waterloo firm

Sports information company Opta Sportsdata, based in Waterloo Road, has won an award for its success in generating business in overseas markets.

Regeneration boss meets Bermondsey antiques traders

Cllr Richard Thomas last week met traders at Bermondsey Antique Market to hear their concerns about the Bermondsey Square development.

Regeneration boss meets Bermondsey antiques traders
Skylon Restaurant to open at Royal Festival Hall

Skylon Restaurant to open at Royal Festival Hall

The new eatery - operated by D&D London (formerly Conran Restaurants) - will open in May in the space formerly occupied by the People's Palace restaurant.

Drop in to the Rake for a business breakfast

Better Bankside has launched a series of informal breakfasts at The Rake pub to enable businesses to hear about the benefits of joining its Business Club.

Drop in to the Rake for a business breakfast
Rescue bid for Calder Bookshop

Rescue bid for Calder Bookshop

Actor and broadcaster Peter Marinker, creative director of The Bookshop Theatre Company, has announced that he is pursuing opportunities to save the Calder Bookshop.

Ernst & Young brings art to life at More London

Staff and passers-by at Ernst & Young’s More London offices were last week greeted by actors recreating some of Renoir's most famous works.

Ernst & Young brings art to life at More London
Calder Bookshop looks for buyer

Calder Bookshop looks for buyer

Publisher and author John Calder is looking for someone to take over the Calder Bookshop and its publishing house.

DealCard offers discounts to London Bridge workers

If you work in the London Bridge Business Improvement District you are now entitled to a DealCard offering discounts at local establishments.

DealCard offers discounts to London Bridge workers
Waterloo's Calder Bookshop to close

Waterloo's Calder Bookshop to close

The announcement comes just weeks after founder John Calder's 80th birthday but closure is being forced by a sharp rent increase rather than any thought of retirement.

Tlon Books reopens

Tlon Books at the Elephant & Castle has reopened after a brief closure. The owner is critical of the council for not doing more to support the "blighted" shopping centre.

Tlon Books reopens
Tlon Books closed; premises repossessed

Tlon Books closed; premises repossessed

The popular second-hand bookshop Tlon Books in the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre has closed.

Princess visits Bear Lane silversmiths

Princess Alexandra this week visited Grant Macdonald Silversmiths in Bear Lane.

Princess visits Bear Lane silversmiths
Kennington Road shops welcome free parking bays

Kennington Road shops welcome free parking bays

Businesses in Kennington Road have praised a £90,000 scheme that has seen free short term parking bays for customers and deliveries introduced outside shops.

Volunteers wrap hundreds of gifts for Bankside charities

Volunteers from local businesses spent a morning sorting and wrapping gifts to be distributed to local charities as part of Better Bankside's annual Christmas appeal.

Volunteers wrap hundreds of gifts for Bankside charities
Crockatt & Powell celebrates first year of bookselling in Lower Marsh

Crockatt & Powell celebrates first year of bookselling in Lower Marsh

Crockatt & Powell bookshop has held a celebration party to mark its first year in Lower Marsh.

SECUR1TY - the impact of crime on SE1 businesses

Business organisations have teamed up with the police to launch a campaign to make local companies more aware of the losses suffered by burglary victims.

SECUR1TY - the impact of crime on SE1 businesses
Project Elephant aims to nurture design talent

Project Elephant aims to nurture design talent

A project to develop design and entrepreneurial skills around the Elephant and Castle has been launched by the London College of Communication and international development firm PRI.

Phil Spencer backs Better Bankside Christmas appeal

Location Location Location's Phil Spencer has helped Better Bankside launch its Christmas appeal to raise money and collect presents for local charities.

Phil Spencer backs Better Bankside Christmas appeal
Gordon Brown speednetworks in The Cut

Gordon Brown speednetworks in The Cut

The Chancellor of the Exchequer and Sir Alan Sugar came to the Young Vic last week to join a speednetworking event for young entrepreneurs.

Challenges for London Bridge businesses 2012 and beyond

Businesses in the London Bridge area heard about the challenges ahead in the next decade at a City Hall event last week.

Challenges for London Bridge businesses 2012 and beyond
Borough Market wholesalers get back pain advice

Borough Market wholesalers get back pain advice

A special event was staged in Borough Market on Friday morning to raise awareness of the risks of back injury amongst traders and wholesalers.

Elephant restaurant wins Black Business Award

Famin Uddin from Castle Tandoori at the Elephant and Castle was among the winners of awards to recognise entrepreneurs from Southwark's diverse community.

Elephant restaurant wins Black Business Award
Convenience store in The Cut loses alcohol licence

Convenience store in The Cut loses alcohol licence

The Costcutter store opposite Southwark Station in The Cut has become the first retailer in the borough to have its licence to sell alcohol suspended.

Lambeth Building Society bows out after 154 years

The Lambeth Building Society's Waterloo branch shut down on Friday as its merger with the Portman Building Society took effect.

Lambeth Building Society bows out after 154 years
Amstrad boss buys IBM building in £115 million deal

Amstrad boss buys IBM building in £115 million deal

A company owned by Amstrad boss Alan Sugar has bought the IBM building on the South Bank. The site ripe for development when IBM's lease ends in 2014.

Better Bankside website launched with chocolate giveaway

Commuters entering the Bankside area on Wednesday were handed bars of Fairtrade chocolate along with cards promoting the relaunched Better Bankside website.

Better Bankside website launched with chocolate giveaway
Councils bid for local enterprise money

Councils bid for local enterprise money

Both Southwark and Lambeth councils have submitted bids for funding from the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative (LEGI).

Tower Tandoori up for national curry award

A popular Indian restaurant on Tower Bridge Road has been shortlisted in a nationwide competition to find Britain's best curry.

Tower Tandoori up for national curry award
Maison Brillant in liquidation

Maison Brillant in liquidation

Maison Brillant, the boulangerie and patisserie with a branch at Gabriel's Wharf on the South Bank, is now in liquidation following the sudden closure of the shop at the end of July.

Workers and residents learn how to be safer in the city

More than 350 local workers and residents braved the July heat to visit the Safer in Your City tent at More London to find out more about how to keep themselves - and their property - safer in their city.

Workers and residents learn how to be safer in the city
Lahori cuisine takeaway opens at Waterloo

Lahori cuisine takeaway opens at Waterloo

Valerie Shawcross performed the opening ceremony of an authentic Lahori cuisine takeaway in Waterloo.

Southwark Bridge Road firm wins business award

Southwark Bridge Road-based telecommunications firm Telinet has won the AXA Small to Medium Business Award at the National Business Awards South East Regional Finals.

Southwark Bridge Road firm wins business award
Mint Street family day backed by Land Securities

Mint Street family day backed by Land Securities

The annual summer Mint Street Park family day will take place on Saturday 12 August, thanks to a £5,000 grant from property developer Land Securities.

Better Bankside seminar looks to community links

A programme to link local students to potential employers has been launched by Southwark Education Business Alliance.

Better Bankside seminar looks to community links
Chamber of Commerce hosts Langenhagen visitors

Chamber of Commerce hosts Langenhagen visitors

New Mayor of Southwark Paul Kyriacou carried out his very first engagement outside the Town Hall when he visited the Bramah Tea and Coffee Museum in Southwark Street.

King's Reach sold for £80 million

The King's Reach complex on Stamford Street - currently occupied by IPC Media - has been sold for £80 million.

King's Reach sold for £80 million
IBM staff embark on charity cycle challenge

IBM staff embark on charity cycle challenge

SE1 resident Gavin McDermott, who works for IBM on the South Bank, is this week cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for a children's hospice in Romania.

Richard Rogers reappointed to Bankside 4

The new owners of a prime development site next to Tate Modern have appointed Richard Rogers Partnership to carry out preliminary studies.

Richard Rogers reappointed to Bankside 4
Premier despatch eco pods onto SE1 streets

Premier despatch eco pods onto SE1 streets

Courier company Premier Despatch is launching a fleet of dinky despatch Q pods to deliver its clients' packages in a fun and environmentally responsible manner.

Royal accolades for two local firms

Two SE1 businesses have been recognised in the international trade category of the Queen's Award for Enterprise, announced on Her Majesty's 80th Birthday.

Royal accolades for two local firms
Easter at Borough Market

Easter at Borough Market

Fresh spring and Easter produce is available in Borough Market at the start of the long holiday weekend.

Land Securities donates £150,000 to community projects

34 projects, including youth and homelessness charities, as well as sports and music programmes, are receiving grants from Bankside 123 developers Land Securities.

Land Securities donates £150,000 to community projects
Body Shop global HQ sold for £43 million

Body Shop global HQ sold for £43 million

New City Court in St Thomas' Street has been acquired by Great Portland Estates for £43 million. Its current tenants include the Body Shop.

London Bridge BID goes live

As the Pool of London Partnership enters its final year of SRB funding, it reveals plans to hand over some of its projects to the London Bridge BID Company.

London Bridge BID goes live
Business Club looks at Borough Market's future

Business Club looks at Borough Market's future

Borough Market has revealed more details of its plan for a 'food school' at a seminar for members of Better Bankside's Business Club.

Bankside businesses get Budget lowdown

More than 50 members of Bankside's business community gathered at Roast on Thursday morning for a briefing on the implications of Gordon Brown's latest Budget.

Bankside businesses get Budget lowdown
Dress2Kill in The Cut

Dress2Kill in The Cut

The bespoke tailor Dress2kill has long been based in SE1 and has now opened its first retail outlet in The Cut.

Union Street newsagent recognised for passing tobacco sales test

Ganesamoorthy Sinnaghamby of Union Newsagents is the 100th person to receive a good practice certificate from Southwark Council for repeatedly refusing to sell cigarettes to under 16s.

Union Street newsagent recognised for passing tobacco sales test
DTI minister tours South Bank regeneration

DTI minister tours South Bank regeneration

Employment relations minister Gerry Sutcliffe visited the Waterloo Job Shop and Coin Street Community Builders on Wednesday as a guest of the South Bank Employers' Group.

Lambeth Building Society to merge with Portman

Lambeth Building Society is to merge with Bournemouth-based Portman, it was confirmed this week. The Westminster Bridge Road HQ will close.

Lambeth Building Society to merge with Portman
Waterloo businesses back the BID

Waterloo businesses back the BID

Waterloo businesses have voted overwhelmingly in favour of SE1's third Business Improvement District (BID), to be funded by a levy on business rates.

A SMASHing way of teaching citizenship to Southwark youngsters

Pupils from Grange Primary School have been taking part in an innovative citizenship education project backed by the Southwark Education Business Alliance.

A SMASHing way of teaching citizenship to Southwark youngsters
Camberwell students celebrate work experience at magazine publisher

Camberwell students celebrate work experience at magazine publisher

A group of 16 Camberwell students have celebrated the completion of a week of sought-after work experience at Stamford Street-based IPC Media.

Corporate trainers hauled over the coals for fire walk incident

A motivational training company has been fined after a fire walking session at London Bridge left a Deloitte employee with burns to her feet.

Corporate trainers hauled over the coals for fire walk incident
Paul Smith opens shop in Borough Market

Paul Smith opens shop in Borough Market

Clothes designer Paul Smith has opened a shop in Park Street on the edge of Borough Market.

Blue Fin Building for IPC Media

Magazine publisher IPC Media has announced that its new Southwark Street HQ - until now known as Bankside 1 - is to be named The Blue Fin Building.

Blue Fin Building for IPC Media
Vinopolis broadens its horizons beyond wine

Vinopolis broadens its horizons beyond wine

Vinopolis has introduced three newly designed wine tour packages, which offer a variety of options according to people's tastes and interests in wine, gin, beer and whisky.

Crockatt and Powell bookshop opens in Lower Marsh

Booksellers Matthew Crockatt and Adam Powell have opened a bookshop at 119 Lower Marsh. The new shop is near Iceland and Waterloo Library.

Crockatt and Powell bookshop opens in Lower Marsh
Businesses bring less fortunate a better Christmas

Businesses bring less fortunate a better Christmas

Bankside businesses, along with local residents and students, have dug deep and donated hundreds of gifts to charities supporting the aged and homeless of Southwark in the run up to Christmas.

New Year BID ballot for Waterloo Quarter

A Business Improvement District proposal for Waterloo has been launched by the Waterloo Quarter Business Alliance.

New Year BID ballot for Waterloo Quarter
Bankside businesses prepare for Christmas

Bankside businesses prepare for Christmas

Representatives of local companies gathered at Southwark Cathedral on Wednesday for a special Choral Evensong for the Business Community and to light up the cathedral's Christmas tree.

Neal's Yard Remedies opens in Borough Market

A branch of Neal's Yard Remedies has opened in Borough Market's Bedale Street.

Neal's Yard Remedies opens in Borough Market
New cafe brightens up Blackfriars Road

New cafe brightens up Blackfriars Road

A new cafe serving fairtrade and organic products has opened in Blackfriars Road. Cafe Arlington is a social enterprise helping homeless people get back into work.

Another major development on Blackfriars Road

The northern end of Blackfriars Road is set for further change with Great Portland Estates purchasing 231 and 235/241 Blackfriars Road for GBP 11 million with plans for redevelopment.

Another major development on Blackfriars Road
London Bridge-based leisure firm wins social enterprise award

London Bridge-based leisure firm wins social enterprise award

Greenwich Leisure was named on Thursday as the overall winner of this year's Enterprising Solutions Awards run by the Social Enterprise Coalition at a ceremony at Waterloo's IMAX cinema.

Businesses vote to approve London Bridge BID

The proposal to introduce a Business Improvement District (BID) in the area between London Bridge and Tower Bridge has been given a strong seal of approval in a business referendum.

Businesses vote to approve London Bridge BID
Bankside travel group launched

Bankside travel group launched

The Better Bankside Travel Planning Group has been launched with an early morning breakfast conference at the Jerwood Space.

British Airways sells London Eye stake

British Airways is to sell its stake in the London Eye to the Tussauds Group, but the attraction will continue to bear the airline's name, it was announced on Thursday.

British Airways sells London Eye stake
Internet auction house comes to Druid Street

Internet auction house comes to Druid Street

Danish entrepreneur Simon Neubert-Luckner has opened a new online auction house with a real-world showroom on Druid Street.

24 hour licence for Ministry of Sound

World-famous Gaunt Street club Ministry of Sound has been granted a 24-hour alcohol licence by Southwark Council.

24 hour licence for Ministry of Sound
Waterloo businesses to vote on business rate levy

Waterloo businesses to vote on business rate levy

Businesses in the Waterloo area are to vote next February on the setting up of a Business Improvement District (BID) funded by a levy on business rates.

Voting under way for London Bridge BID

The London Bridge Business Improvement District ballot has been launched with a reception attended by more than a hundred business representatives at Cotton's Atrium.

Voting under way for London Bridge BID
Land Securities sells Bankside 4 for £24.5 million

Land Securities sells Bankside 4 for £24.5 million

Land Securities has sold its Bankside 4 site in Sumner Street - intended for a Richard Rogers Partnership-designed residential tower - to Grosvenor and Clan Real Estate for £24.5 million.

Gold eco-award for conference centre staff

Staff at an SE1 conference venue are among the first in Southwark to get a gold award for their efforts in minimising waste, recycling and raising employee awareness of environmental issues.

Gold eco-award for conference centre staff
Bankside Restaurants celebrate 5 years with charity ball

Bankside Restaurants celebrate 5 years with charity ball

To celebrate five years in business Bankside Restaurants will be hosting a fundraising ball, organised in partnership with Speed Select, with all proceeds going to Action for Blind People.

Fourth Day staff join Potters Fields sleep-out

Four members of staff from Borough Market-based PR firm Fourth Day joined IT industry executives for the annual NCH Byte Night on Friday to raise money for the young homeless people of London.

Fourth Day staff join Potters Fields sleep-out
Elephant bidders reach second round

Elephant bidders reach second round

Southwark Council has received three second stage bids for the lead developer role on the Elephant and Castle project.

Major Bankside office development 'topped out'

Land Securities and Bovis Lend Lease this week celebrated the 'topping out' of the first phase of the Bankside123 development close to Tate Modern.

Major Bankside office development 'topped out'
Butler's Wharf architects commended for Danson House restoration

Butler's Wharf architects commended for Danson House restoration

Architects Purcell Miller Tritton of Maguire Street last week received a commendation from RIBA London for the restoration of the capital's "most significant building at risk".

Back to the drawing board for Shell Centre redevelopment

Shell and Lend Lease have ended their joint venture agreement to carry out a £180 million mixed-use redevelopment of the oil giant's South Bank HQ, The Times reported on Thursday.

Back to the drawing board for Shell Centre redevelopment
DTI moves to wind up Southwark Street businesses

DTI moves to wind up Southwark Street businesses

The trade secretary has presented petitions in the High Court to wind up Southwark Street-based London Citylink Limited and London Citylink Secretaries Limited in the public interest.

Minerva sells Sampson House and Ludgate House

Minerva has sold its Bankside property portfolio in a £228 million deal.

Minerva sells Sampson House and Ludgate House
Membership boost for South Bank Employers' Group

Membership boost for South Bank Employers' Group

London South Bank University and ITV London have just joined the South Bank Employers' Group, the association of the area's largest employers.

Bankside office strikes gold in eco awards

Staff in a Bankside office are the first in Southwark to get a gold award for their efforts in minimising waste, recycling and keeping the front of their premises clean and tidy.

Bankside office strikes gold in eco awards
Bankside businesses get behind The Canterbury Tales

Bankside businesses get behind The Canterbury Tales

Members of Bankside's business community enjoyed a gala performance of Southwark Playhouse's The Canterbury Tales on Wednesday as guests of Better Bankside, the business improvement district.

Brisk trade at bike shops as stranded commuters take to the road

Bicycle shops in central London reported a boom in trade on Thursday as commuters stranded by the Tube shutdown sought alternative means of transport.

Brisk trade at bike shops as stranded commuters take to the road
New Borough flower shop

New Borough flower shop

Borough Flowers has opened in Newcomen Street just a few doors from the King's Arms.

Ghanaian tribal chief visits Butler's Wharf chocolate HQ

Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu II, the Paramount Chief of the Dormaa Area in Ghana this week paid a visit to the Gainsford Street offices of leading Fairtrade chocolate business The Day Chocolate Company.

Ghanaian tribal chief visits Butler's Wharf chocolate HQ
Minerva House sold for £42 million

Minerva House sold for £42 million

Minerva House, a riverside office property opposite Southwark Cathedral, has been bought by Insight Foundation Property Trust for £42.13 million.

Jubilee line's £78 million boost for Southwark property values

Property values in the area around Southwark tube station have been boosted by £78 million since the arrival of the Jubilee Line Extension, according to a new Transport for London study.

Jubilee line's £78 million boost for Southwark property values
eBay snaps up Southwark-based Gumtree

eBay snaps up Southwark-based Gumtree

Internet auction giant eBay has bought Gumtree.com, the international classified ads website based in Southwark Street.

St James's Teas to leave Blackfriars Road

St James's Teas Shop, on the corner of Blackfriars Road and Scoresby Street, is to close at the end of this month.

St James's Teas to leave Blackfriars Road
Beverley Knowles Fine Art searches for new site

Beverley Knowles Fine Art searches for new site

Beverley Knowles is looking for new premises in SE1 following her shock 'eviction' from Borough Market which has shaken the art world.

Prospero House comes to the Borough

SE1's latest business events venue has been launched this month. Prospero House in Borough High Street is Etc Venues' sixth centre.

Prospero House comes to the Borough
Green and Black's staying in SE1

Green and Black's staying in SE1

Green and Black's has no plans to leave SE1 for Birmingham or shed jobs following a takeover by Cadbury's.

Land Securities goes ahead without tenants

Land Securities has decided to go ahead with the construction of 360,000 sq ft of office space in Southwark Street without waiting for any tenants.

Land Securities goes ahead without tenants
£500 prize for SE1 entrepreneur

£500 prize for SE1 entrepreneur

SE1 resident Mark Champkins was named the runner-up in the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneurs of the Year awards for London South Central.

Staybridge Suites coming to Southwark Street

A US chain of hotels for business travellers on an extended stay is to open one of its first UK properties in Southwark in late 2006.

Staybridge Suites coming to Southwark Street
Shell pledges £1 million to revamp Festival Hall

Shell pledges £1 million to revamp Festival Hall

The Royal Festival Hall's neighbour on the South Bank, petrol giant Shell, has pledged £1 million towards the renovation of the concert hall.

IPC boosts corporate social responsibility

Stamford Street-based magazine giant IPC Media has appointed Taryn Barclay as corporate responsibility manager, a move that sees the company increasing its focus on working within the wider community.

IPC boosts corporate social responsibility
Caffe Nero opens in The Cut

Caffe Nero opens in The Cut

Caffe Nero has opened in The Cut in the premises formerly occupied by Supercut Minimarket which closed a month ago.

South Bank studios hit by ITV strike

A strike by broadcasting unions Amicus and BECTU disrupted production at ITV's London Studios on the South Bank this week, including Parkinson and Saturday Night Takeaway.

South Bank studios hit by ITV strike
Boulangerie opens on South Bank

Boulangerie opens on South Bank

Authentic French artisan bread is now on sale daily on the South Bank.

Bankside's Budget briefing

Local business representatives gathered at Clink Street's Amano Cafe early on Thursday morning for a briefing on Gordon Brown's Budget delivered by Ed Crooks of the Financial Times.

Bankside's Budget briefing
Mill Street company directors disqualified

Mill Street company directors disqualified

The directors of Mill Street-based employment agency, which failed with total debts estimated at £430,000, have given undertakings not to hold directorships or take any part in company management for a total of six years

Circle Waterloo becomes Waterloo Quarter

Waterloo Quarter Business Alliance is the new name for the pilot Business Improvement District (BID) formerly known as Circle Waterloo.

Circle Waterloo becomes Waterloo Quarter
HR Owen employee convicted of theft

HR Owen employee convicted of theft

A court heard last week that Gary Beecher, who worked at Volvo dealership HR Owen in New Kent Road, had pocketed customers' money to pay for building work at his home.

Supercut to close

The Cut's oldest supermarket Supercut is to close at the end of this month.

Supercut to close
The Hartley nominated for Standard award

The Hartley nominated for Standard award

The Hartley in Tower Bridge Road has been nominated for the Evening Standard's pub of the year award - just one week after it was shortlisted for ITV London's gastropub of the year award.

3i to leave Waterloo Road

Venture capitalists 3i are to leave their Waterloo headquarters for a new development in Victoria.

3i to leave Waterloo Road
London Assembly report backs rickshaws

London Assembly report backs rickshaws

Rickshaws should be licensed like taxis says a London Assembly transport committee report.

Free Tate membership for SE1 property purchasers

Local developers Acorn Homes have come up with a novel way of welcoming new residents to the area by linking up with Tate to offer homebuyers a year's free gallery membership.

Free Tate membership for SE1 property purchasers
Kitemark for South Bank Employers' Group

Kitemark for South Bank Employers' Group

South Bank Employers’ Group has been awarded the Customer First kitemark, the quality assurance mark for organisations that provide publicly funded business support services.

£1.5 million boost for Thames Clippers

Riverbus services on the Thames are set to expand following the news that Thames Clippers has secured venture capital funding to invest in more boats.

£1.5 million boost for Thames Clippers
Barclays staff back hospital cinema charity

Barclays staff back hospital cinema charity

Staff at Barclays Bank in Borough High Street have been raising funds for MediCinema by braving the January weather to walk across four London bridges on a Saturday afternoon.

Bankside business ballot enters final week

At least 75 Bankside businesses have indicated support for a permanent Business Improvement District known as Better Bankside.

Bankside business ballot enters final week
Delia Smith sells South Bank-based publishing company

Delia Smith sells South Bank-based publishing company

Delia Smith has sold New Crane Publishing, the Upper Ground-based magazine company she founded with her husband Michael Wynn-Jones to Seven Publishing in a multi million pound deal.

Land Securities boosts Bankside property portfolio

Bankside123 developer Land Securities has added to its property portfolio in the area with the £67 million purchase of a building in Park Street currently let to Lloyds TSB.

Land Securities boosts Bankside property portfolio
London Town sells Hopton Street site

London Town sells Hopton Street site

London Town announced on Thursday that it had exchanged unconditional contracts for the sale of its site at Hopton Street for £10.8 million, though the buyer was not disclosed.

Bringing a better Christmas to Bankside

Better Bankside's 'Bring a better Christmas' campaign has collected 559 Christmas gifts of food, toiletries and clothes to be given to local charities working with older or homeless people.

Bringing a better Christmas to Bankside
Asda arrives on the Old Kent Road

Asda arrives on the Old Kent Road

The long-awaited Asda store on the Old Kent Road opened on Monday morning with the Pearly King and Queen of Southwark on hand to cut the ribbon.

Southwark Cathedral wins Inner City 100 Award

Southwark Cathedral Enterprises Ltd is one of three SE1 businesses recognised at an awards ceremony for inner city businesses which help the local area by creating jobs and fuelling local economies.

Southwark Cathedral wins Inner City 100 Award

"Advice in the City" from London Bridge law firm

London Bridge-based law firm Anthony Gold has launched a new clinic to advise people experiencing marital or relationship problems without ongoing commitment.

Pizza vending machine installed in The Cut

Britain's second pizza vending machine has been installed in The Cut.

Pizza vending machine installed in The Cut
Sainsbury's sells 10 Blackfriars Road

Sainsbury's sells 10 Blackfriars Road

Sainsbury's has this week exchanged a conditional contract for the sale of its Ten Blackfriars Road site on Stamford Street to the Beetham Organization for £48 million.

Bankside Restaurant opens in the City

Bankside Restaurant has opened a second restaurant in the City. It is called Bankside EC2 and is on Throgmorton Street behind the Bank of England.

Bankside Restaurant opens in the City
Free WiFi at SE1 stations

Free WiFi at SE1 stations

Rail passengers at Waterloo and London Bridge can sample the delights of wireless internet access free of charge until 7 November, thanks to Broadreach Networks.

Pool of London business consultation launched

The new consultation website is a forum for local business owners and employees in the Pool of London area to share with others how they see their local area developing and what their needs are in the area.

Pool of London business consultation launched
Konditor & Cook cakes return to The Cut

Konditor & Cook cakes return to The Cut

Konditor & Cook cakes are again available in The Cut with the opening a café at the Arch Gallery.

IT leaders raise £200K at Potters Fields sleep-out

Around 200 top executives from the IT community raised an amazing £200k for NCH's work with young homeless people and young people leaving care at Potters Fields on Friday 17 September.

IT leaders raise £200K at Potters Fields sleep-out
New Acorn development on Westminster Bridge Road

New Acorn development on Westminster Bridge Road

Developer Acorn Homes, already active in Bermondsey, has received planning consent for a brand new development at 158 Westminster Bridge Road.

Free bikes for Southwark businesses

Businesses in Southwark are being encouraged to sign up to a trial scheme that gives them access to five free rental bikes, in addition to cycling equipment and training, for a six month period.

Free bikes for Southwark businesses
Pool of London considers Business Improvement District

Pool of London considers Business Improvement District

The money runs out for the Pool of London Partnership in three years' time, and the regeneration body is considering ways of ensuring that the pace of change is maintained.

Award scheme for waste-watching Bankside businesses

Environmentally aware businesses in the Bankside area are being encouraged to sign up to a Southwark Council scheme which recognises their efforts in minimising waste, recycling and keeping the front of their premises clean and tidy.

Award scheme for waste-watching Bankside businesses
Real Greek boss to run naked across Tower Bridge

Real Greek boss to run naked across Tower Bridge

David Page, chairman of Real Greek owners Clapham House Group, has lost his bet that the new Bankside restaurant would not take £50,000 a week before Christmas. He rashly promised to run across Tower Bridge naked if he was wrong.

New mentoring scheme for social enterprises

South Bank Employers' Group has been awarded additional funds from the Cross River Partnership to support a mentoring programme for Social Enterprises.

New mentoring scheme for social enterprises
Southbank House sold for £16 million

Southbank House sold for £16 million

Southbank House in Black Prince Road - home to many local small businesses - has been sold to Workspace Group plc for £16 million.

Glorious Twelfth party on the South Bank

Workers at Famous Grouse's Glasgow bottling plant are furious with bosses for holding a glitzy party at the London Eye during a pay dispute.

Glorious Twelfth party on the South Bank
Events management director leaves £1.2 million debt

Events management director leaves £1.2 million debt

A director of two Blackfriars Road-based events management companies that failed with total debts estimated at around £1.2 million has given an undertaking not to hold directorships or take any part in company management for three years.

The RiSE1 launches in Lant Street

This week Acorn Homes launches The RiSE1, a development in Lant Street targetted at first time buyers.

The RiSE1 launches in Lant Street
Businesses open doors for learning festival

Businesses open doors for learning festival

Businesses, arts and community organisations opened their doors to young people on Monday to offer first hand experience of the wealth of careers and learning available in the capital.

£19 million deal for Tooley Street warehouse

Great Portland Estates has acquired a development site and two adjoining investment properties in Tooley Street, where it plans to develop at least 120,000 sq ft of offices.

£19 million deal for Tooley Street warehouse
Real Greek Souvlaki & Bar

Real Greek Souvlaki & Bar

The Real Greek has opened a Souvlaki & Bar on the ground floor of Riverside House on Bankside.

Business in the Community award for Bankside Restaurant

Bankside Restaurant was presented with a prestigious award by the Prince of Wales at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday night for its commitment to the local community.

Business in the Community award for Bankside Restaurant
No alcohol at the City of Wine

No alcohol at the City of Wine

Diners at Cantina Vinopolis and guests at a KPMG corporate function on Thursday night had to bring their own wine to the Bankside attraction after solicitors forgot to renew the licence.

Buxton Homes offers discounts for first-time buyers

Buxton Homes has six new 'one-of-a-kind' developments of one and two bedroom flats, penthouses, live-work and commercial units, marketed through Propertocracy.

Buxton Homes offers discounts for first-time buyers
Deutsche Bank volunteers decorate Colombo Centre

Deutsche Bank volunteers decorate Colombo Centre

Thirty volunteers from Deutsche Bank in Bishopsgate donned overalls and paint brushes last week to decorate two areas of the Colombo Sports & Community Centre off Blackfriars Road.

Waterloo Road pubs sold in £90 million deal

The Wellington Hotel and the Fire Station in Waterloo Road are among 63 Wizard Inns outlets bought this week by Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries.

Waterloo Road pubs sold in £90 million deal
Galliard Hotels announces County Hall Apart-Hotel launch

Galliard Hotels announces County Hall Apart-Hotel launch

Later this month Galliard Hotels will open the first UK exhibition for the off-plan sale of suites at The Apart-Hotel at County Hall, which will be largest of its kind in the UK.

Bankside Restaurant takes on Tate Modern Chef

Bankside Restaurant has recruited a new executive chef, Richard Oxley, formerly head chef at Tate Modern, and announced the opening of a City branch, to be known as Bankside EC2.

Bankside Restaurant takes on Tate Modern Chef
Small business leaders gather at Wootton Street

Small business leaders gather at Wootton Street

Two key challenges facing small businesses - property and marketing - formed the focus of a Federation of Small Businesses event hosted by Spacia in one of its new Waterloo business units last week.

£25k to spare? Become Ernst & Young's landlord

Investors are being offered the chance to buy into Becket House in Lambeth Palace Road, Ernst & Young's £76.9 million central London HQ.

£25k to spare? Become Ernst & Young's landlord
Soaking up the sun in Decima Street

Soaking up the sun in Decima Street

There is no better way to enjoy the summer sun in London than sitting on a roof terrace surveying the SE1 skyline.

BTA members enjoy Floral Hall preview

The Bankside Traders' Association members have been looking at Borough Market's Floral Hall which opens later this summer.

BTA members enjoy Floral Hall preview
London Eye copy for New York skyline?

London Eye copy for New York skyline?

A copy of the London Eye could soon be gracing the Manhattan waterfront, but architect David Marks is accusing Tussauds Group of going behind his back to draw up the plans.

Last apartment available at Newhams Row

Acorn Homes says that it has enjoyed a very successful first quarter, selling out all but one apartment at 3 Newhams Row, a building that has become a new landmark in Bermondsey.

Last apartment available at Newhams Row
IPC moves from the South Bank to Bankside

IPC moves from the South Bank to Bankside

IPC Media has confirmed that it is to leave King's Reach Tower in Stamford Street in 2007 and move its magazines to the nearby Bankside 123 development in Southwark Street.

London Eye shareholders in a spin

The long-running dispute about the refinancing of the British Airways London Eye has hit the headlines again, with designer David Marks accusing Tussauds Group of "threatening its long-term future".

London Eye shareholders in a spin
Pub inspectors' high praise for Market Porter and Royal Oak Pub

Pub inspectors' high praise for Market Porter and Royal Oak Pub

The Market Porter and Royal Oak are highlighted as unique London pubs in a new authoritative guide.

Could IPC move to Bankside 123?

The Times reports that Stamford Street-based magazine publisher IPC has entered talks to lease space at Bankside 123 in Southwark Street.

Could IPC move to Bankside 123?
Company fined over Albert Embankment deaths

Company fined over Albert Embankment deaths

A construction firm has been fined £175,000 after the deaths of two workers during work at Alembic House on the Albert Embankment, now better known as Peninsula Heights, London home of disgraced peer Lord Archer.

League takes trophy hunting campaign from SE1 to Strasbourg

The SE1-based League Against Cruel Sports has presented European Union Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom with a petition urging legislation banning the importation of animal trophy parts.

League takes trophy hunting campaign from SE1 to Strasbourg
Queen's Award for Borough High Street firm

Queen's Award for Borough High Street firm

A Borough High Street firm is celebrating the news that it is to receive a Queen's Award for Enterprise in international trade. MET Studio Design is one of 112 award-winning companies across the country announced by the Queen on Wednesday.

Visit London comes to More London

This week sees the arrival of Visit London - formerly the London Tourist Board - at the More London development near Tower Bridge. The new offices will also house the studio of London TV, a new satellite channel to launch later this year.

Visit London comes to More London
Another law firm heading for More London

Another law firm heading for More London

Lawrence Graham has become the second law firm this month to enter exclusive negotiations for space at the riverside More London development, reports 'The Lawyer'.

SE1 architects reach settlement over illegal software

Butler's Wharf-based Amos Partnership have settled with the Business Software Alliance for $12,000 following an investigation into the use of illegal software.

SE1 architects reach settlement over illegal software
Norton Rose coming to More London

Norton Rose coming to More London

International commercial law firm Norton Rose have chosen More London as their new home, and have started exclusive negotiations on a deal.

New Chair for BTA

Mike Hill of Utobeer in Borough Market is the new Chair of Bankside Traders Association.

New Chair for BTA
Better Bankside Budget Breakfast briefing

Better Bankside Budget Breakfast briefing

Roger Blitz from the Southwark Bridge-based Financial Times has been briefing Bankside businesses on Gordon Brown’s Budget.

Bankside Restaurant pioneers environmentally-friendly Enjo

Bankside Restaurant is the first restaurant in the UK to use the environmentally-friendly Enjo cleaning products.

Bankside Restaurant pioneers environmentally-friendly Enjo
Anchor & Hope is Gastropub of the Year

Anchor & Hope is Gastropub of the Year

The Anchor & Hope has won the London Gastropub of the Year award.

EAT cafe to open on Bankside

"Real food company" EAT is opening an outlet on the ground floor of Bankside's Riverside House.

EAT cafe to open on Bankside
Borough Market's Neal's Yard is Best Small Retailer

Borough Market's Neal's Yard is Best Small Retailer

Neal's Yard Dairy in Borough Market's Park Street has been declared the Best Small Retailer in The Observer Food Awards.

Waterloo family now running The Albert Arms

The Albert Arms in Gladstone Street is under new management.

Waterloo family now running The Albert Arms
Wi-Fi access coming to Waterloo and London Bridge

Wi-Fi access coming to Waterloo and London Bridge

BT Openzone wireless internet access will be available at Waterloo and London Bridge stations in the coming months.

Bankside Restaurant: spurning coupons and offering training

Because January is traditionally a quiet period many restaurants offer discounts to customers collecting special offer vouchers in newspapers.

Bankside Restaurant: spurning coupons and offering training
Park Plaza unveils plans for 4 star Albert Embankment hotel

Park Plaza unveils plans for 4 star Albert Embankment hotel

Park Plaza Hotels Europe last month unveiled plans for the Riverbank Park Plaza on the Albert Embankment, a stunning position directly opposite Tate Britain affords spectacular views of Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and Parliament.

SE1's Tas crosses the river

The popular Tas restaurant chain found in SE1 has opened a branch in Farringdon Road on the edge of the City.

SE1's Tas crosses the river
Training for Southwark's front line workers

Training for Southwark's front line workers

The Front Line Workers’ Project is focused primarily on Southwark, where regeneration and remarketing has transformed areas, but many residents are unable to take up new employment opportunities because of their low level of basic skills.

TV Licence check in SE1

Businesses in Waterloo and Southwark are being targetted in a licence check by the TV Licensing authority.

TV Licence check in SE1
London Eye hits financial crisis

London Eye hits financial crisis

The hugely popular yet loss-making London Eye observation wheel on the South Bank could be forced to raise more than £100 million to pay off loans from its main financial backer British Airways. Visitor numbers this year have slumped by half a million.

Bankside Arts liquidation meeting

The Bankside Arts Training Trust final liquidation meeting has been held leaving eleven SE1 businesses owed money.

Bankside Arts liquidation meeting
Bankside Restaurant Ball raises £8,000 for charity

Bankside Restaurant Ball raises £8,000 for charity

Bankside Restaurant, which is in the running for a London Business Commitment to the Community award, recently hosted a sparkling Charity Ball which brought a touch of glamour and over £8,000 for Action for Blind People.

Small business mentoring offer

The South Bank Employers’ Group is starting a mentoring scheme for local small businesses and social enterprises this autumn.

Small business mentoring offer
Problems for developer of Tate's controversial neighbour

Problems for developer of Tate's controversial neighbour

London Town, the property developer planning a 20-storey block next to Tate Modern, has announced losses widened from £456,000 to £4.48m for six months to June.

Solicitors abseil down Guy's tower

A team from the Borough High Street-based solicitors' firm Anthony Gold has taken part in a sponsored abseil from the top of Guy's Hospital tower.

Solicitors abseil down Guy's tower
Sainsbury's ready to open in Borough High Street

Sainsbury's ready to open in Borough High Street

Sainsbury's is preparing to open its latest branch in SE1 on Wednesday 9 July.

Pizza Express opens early on Bankside

Open air riverside dining has come to Bankside with the opening of Pizza Express.

Pizza Express opens early on Bankside
Sainsbury's Central for Stamford Street within two years

Sainsbury's Central for Stamford Street within two years

J Sainsbury has appointed Stanhope as development partner for its former Stamford Street headquarters site, which will include the long-awaited Sainsbury's Central store.

Valerie Shawcross welcomes BTA members to City Hall

Bankside Traders Association has visited City Hall as guests of Southwark's GLA member Val Shawcross.

Valerie Shawcross welcomes BTA members to City Hall
Bankside Restaurant launches Bermondsey charity link

Bankside Restaurant launches Bermondsey charity link

Bankside Restaurant last week held an evening reception to promote Bermondsey-based charity Action for Blind People which it is supporting throughout 2003.

Controversial SE1 fetish club owner launches nightclub association

Brian Sheridan, the controversial owner of the Wicked nightclub in Tooley Street, has announced the formation of a new association to represent the interests of club owners and promoters.

Controversial SE1 fetish club owner launches nightclub association
Company fined after fatal accident at Imperial War Museum

Company fined after fatal accident at Imperial War Museum

One of UK's largest steel erection companies was last week fined £75,000 following an incident at when two workers fell from height, killing one of them, whilst working at the Imperial War Museum.

M&S opens Waterloo food shop

Marks & Spencer's new Waterloo store had a weekend launch ready for its first full working week.

M&S opens Waterloo food shop
Pizza Express to open on Bankside

Pizza Express to open on Bankside

Pizza Express is opening on Bankside this summer. The location is riverside Benbow House opposite Shakespeare's Globe.

T-Mobile backs Southwark's fones4safety drive

Mobile phone giant T-Mobile this week put its weight behind fones4safety, a groundbreaking initiative in Southwark to recycle old mobile phones into personal safety alarms.

T-Mobile backs Southwark's fones4safety drive
Planning blow hits Tate Tower developer

Planning blow hits Tate Tower developer

Uncertainty over plans for London Town's high-rise development in Hopton Street - dubbed the 'Tate Tower' - has led auditors to express "fundamental uncertainty over the group's ability to continue as a going concern".

Prestigious web award for SE1 firm

A website powered by a small SE1 company has been named Travel Agency Website of the Year ahead of much larger rivals.

Prestigious web award for SE1 firm
Express Newspapers to leave Blackfriars HQ

Express Newspapers to leave Blackfriars HQ

Express Newspapers is to leave its home in Blackfriars Road for a new HQ across the river in Lower Thames Street.

Not moving the furniture

Rearranging furniture can be a dynamic and room-changing experience, unless the furniture is being moved to another borough!

Not moving the furniture

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