Mayor John Biggs to meet East End Trades Guild to discuss East London’s small businesses

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 March 2018

Mayor John Biggs promised to help small businesses in Tower Hamlets in the face of rising costs. Picture: Tower Hamlets Council

Mayor John Biggs promised to help small businesses in Tower Hamlets in the face of rising costs. Picture: Tower Hamlets Council


The East End Trades Guild is quizzing John Biggs on his mayoral pledges at a meeting tomorrow.

At a guild social last year, the mayor of Tower Hamlets, along with Hackney’s mayor Philip Glanville, promised to do more to protect small businesses.

The guild is now taking the opportunity to hold them to their word at a meeting at Genesis Cinema in Mile End Road on Tuesday.

Ahead of May’s local elections, members will be grilling the two mayors on what’s been done since they made their promise, and what is still left to do.

The guild will also announce its own Affordable Workplace Manifesto, which comes off the back of a survey undertaken by the guild’s representatives in January, which found a lack of affordable workplace to be the biggest challenge facing small businesses in East London.

This has led to huge commercial sites sitting empty, while the ones that are occupied are dealing with astronomical rent costs.

Tickets for the meeting can be secured on the EETG’s social media sites or by emailing

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