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Council’s work with young offenders recognised by national inspectors

Published on 2 November 2016

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Southwark Council’s approach to working with young offenders has been held up as a exemplar for other local authorities, by HM Inspectorate of Probation.

Council calls for more businesses to offer London Living Wage during awareness week

Living Wage

Published on 31 October 2016

A South London Council is leading the charge locally to promote the London Living Wage as part of National Living Wage Week 2016 (30 October to 5 November).

Southwark school wins £2,000 for Smart Savers sign ups

Smartsavers school winner

Published on 7 October 2016

Southwark Council ran a Smart Savers competition to give the school with the highest number of sign ups £2,000 towards books and IT equipment for their pupils.

Borough Market signs up to Southwark Council’s Diversity Standard

Diversity Standard

Published on 5 September 2016

Borough Market has signed up to Southwark Council’s Diversity Standard, the council’s formal commitment to equality of opportunity and respect for diversity.

Southwark Council doubles smart savers vouchers

Southwark Smart Savers

Published on 11 August 2016

Now in its second year, Southwark’s Smart Savers scheme will offer every 11 year old in the borough a free £20 voucher to open a savings account if they sign up by 2 September, double the original offer.

Businesses recognise the advantages of paying a living wage, report finds

Southwark Council

Published on 28 July 2016

The benefits of a real living wage are understood by businesses and employees, but wider implementation requires a genuine dialogue between policymakers and business, a new report has found.

Update on historic water charges and refunds for council tenants

Southwark Council

Published on 19 July 2016

This week, the majority of eligible, current tenants received a refund for a proportion of the water charges they paid between April 2001 and July 2013.

Southwark brings in greater protection for high streets

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Published on 7 March 2016

Planning chiefs at Southwark Council have put the final seal of approval on a move to protect the vitality and vibrancy of four major shopping areas in the borough by using an Article 4 Direction.

Sniffing out illegal tobacco

Tobacco dogs

Published on 8 December 2015

Residents and shoppers in Southwark had the chance to meet the specially trained dogs that are helping the council detect illegal tobacco in the area.

Southwark businesses team up to fight crime

Southwark Council

Published on 4 December 2015

Shops, restaurants and nightclubs across Southwark have joined forces to help reduce crime and disorder across the borough by working more closely together in a new business partnership.

Fund reopens for Herne Hill businesses affected by 2013 flood

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Published on 30 November 2015

Herne Hill businesses still struggling after the burst water main flooded their shops in 2013, can apply for a second round of grants from today.

Peckham Palms - a new hair and beauty oasis


Published on 20 November 2015

The hair and beauty shops around the Peckham Rye station square are set to move to a specially designed, palm-tree themed, beauty boulevard.

Businesses lead the way by adopting the Southwark Apprenticeship Standard

Amy Hulme - Living Wage Foundation

Published on 17 November 2015

Thirteen businesses have signed up to the Southwark Apprenticeship Standard, which sets the bar for high-quality apprenticeships offering the London Living Wage.

Southwark Council clamp down on irresponsible businesses

Southwark Council

Published on 16 November 2015

The managers of the Walworth Road branch of Subway and the owner of KHF chicken shop on Peckham High Street have been prosecuted for illegal dumping commercial waste on the streets of Southwark.

Boroughs step up efforts to keep illegal tobacco out of their communities

Counterfeit Cigarettes

Published on 11 August 2015

A new campaign to highlight the dangers of illegal tobacco has been launched this week by the South East London Illegal Tobacco Network.

Nunhead family are first winners of Southwark Smart Savers prize draw

Smart Savers winners

Published on 3 July 2015

A Nunhead family have become the proud owners of a brand new iPad mini, after becoming the first winners of the Southwark Smart Savers prize draw.

Landlord found guilty of misleading tenants over illegal flat conversion

Southwark Council

Published on 22 May 2015

A landlord who failed to provide his tenants with adequate living conditions has been found guilty in court.

Brothers found guilty for bedsit misery

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Published on 22 May 2015

Two landlords who put the lives of their tenants at risk have been fined £2,800 each following a prosecution brought forward by Southwark Council.

Multi-million pound flood alleviation scheme launches in Dulwich

Southwark Council

Published on 15 May 2015

A £4.2 million flood alleviation scheme to protect over 200 homes and businesses in Dulwich and Herne Hill from sewer and surface flooding has been completed today.

Round three of the High Street Challenge launches

High Street Challenge round 3

Published on 26 March 2015

Southwark Council is inviting local businesses to submit ideas for round three of the High Street Challenge.

High Street Challenge gives local businesses a boost

High Street Challenge

Published on 12 March 2015

Six local businesses are set to receive a share of £110,695 funding from the High Street Challenge - a Southwark Council initiative to help breathe new life into high streets and town centres.

Bankside and Borough BID extends after majority of businesses vote 'Yes'

Southwark Council

Published on 2 December 2014

The Better Bankside Business Improvement District will be extended to cover a larger area to the west and south after 88 per cent of eligible businesses voted yes to the plans.

Thousands of pounds seized from illegal nightclub after council court case

Southwark Council

Published on 2 December 2014

An illegal nightclub owner, whose business caused misery for the lives of people living in the Herne Hill area of Southwark, has been told he will have to hand over £171,000 of his unlawful proceeds.

Christmas comes early with free parking present from Southwark Council


Published on 28 November 2014

This Christmas, Southwark Council is encouraging people to Shop Local for all their festive needs.

Summer shoppers flock to High Street Challenge events

Fantasy High Street

Published on 8 August 2014

Food festivals, pop-up radio stations and Fantasy High Street events are some of the brilliant ideas from local community and business groups that have been funded by the High Street Challenge Fund.

Council introduces Digital Champions as part of plans to get more people online

Southwark Council

Published on 29 July 2014

With an estimated 50,000 people in the borough lacking internet skills like opening emails or searching online, the council is working with partners to improve digital access to jobs and services.

Bermondsey businesses vote Yes to Blue BID

Southwark Council

Published on 9 July 2014

Businesses in Bermondsey have overwhelmingly voted yes to create a new Business Improvement District (BID) around the historic Blue.

Southwark Council apprentice reaches finals of national competition

Southwark Council

Published on 8 July 2014

For the third year in a row one of Southwark Council's apprentices has beaten off competition from hundreds of entrants to be short-listed for a prestigious award.

Counterfeit footwear goes to deserving homes

Southwark Council

Published on 25 June 2014

Hundreds of pounds worth of counterfeit footwear has been donated to a charity by Southwark Council.

Bermondsey Business Improvement District Ballot open

Southwark Council

Published on 19 June 2014

Businesses in Bermondsey are being encouraged to cast their vote on creating a new Business Improvement District around the historic Blue.

Eleven local businesses share in new fund to boost Southwark's high streets

High Street Challenge

Published on 11 April 2014

Southwark Council has awarded local businesses a total of £161,750 in the first round of the High Street Challenge.

Seven budding young businesses share £35,000 funding from council campaign

Mind Your Own Business

Published on 7 April 2014

From designer T-shirts to car cleaning and window washing – the seven final fledgling businesses have been awarded bursaries by Southwark Council under their innovative Mind Your Own Business scheme.

600 Southwark students gain insight into employability skills

Southwark Council

Published on 4 April 2014

Around 600 students from ten Southwark schools took part in an innovative, interactive careers event hosted by the City of London Corporation.

Brazen illegal tobacco dealer arrested and 85,000 counterfeit cigarettes seized in joint operation


Published on 27 March 2014

A Walworth man was arrested this week in connection with the supply of illegal tobacco in Southwark.

Southwark Council announces £2bn investment in homes, roads, schools and open spaces over next ten years

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Published on 18 March 2014

Southwark Council has shown its long-term commitment to making the borough an even better and fairer place to live and work, as it announces its ten-year vision for capital investment.

Camberwell man convicted over fake goods and illegal fireworks

Published on 11 March 2014

A 62 year old Camberwell man was sentenced to three months imprisonment suspended for 12 months last week for offences relating to the illegal sale and storage of fireworks and counterfeit goods.

Just a few days to go to apply for the High Street Challenge

Cllr Mills

Published on 4 March 2014

Southwark businesses have just a few more days to apply for a share of a £600,000 fund that the council is offering to those with fresh ideas to revitalise local town centres and high streets.

Southwark celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Southwark Council

Published on 26 February 2014

Southwark is the place to become an apprentice, with a huge range of opportunities available for anyone trying to get on the career ladder.

Southwark Council offers funding to local high streets that rise to the challenge

Cllr Mills and Panda

Published on 3 February 2014

Today sees the launch of the High Street Challenge – a Southwark Council initiative to help breathe new life into high streets and town centres across the borough.

Shop local this Christmas at the Herne Hill Christmas Fair

Christmas Market

Published on 28 November 2013

Southwark Council is encouraging residents to shop locally this Christmas, and help Herne Hill businesses get back on their feet following the burst water main this summer.

Final chance for young people to make business bids this year in unique scheme

Mind Your Own Business

Published on 15 November 2013

Time is running out for budding young entrepreneurs to bid for a share of a £50,000 funding pot in Southwark’s unique business bursary offer.

Southwark calls for more councils to pay staff a Living Wage

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Published on 8 November 2013

Southwark Council is marking Living Wage Week 2013 by calling on more councils to sign up to the fair deal for employees.

Payday lenders loosen their grip on Southwark


Published on 6 November 2013

Southwark residents will face less exposure to payday lenders, as two of the council’s billboard advertising contractors agree not to display payday loan adverts.

Southwark Council persuades Thames Water to match its £100,000 fund for Herne Hill businesses

Herne Hill flooding

Published on 14 October 2013

Southwark Council has persuaded Thames Water to contribute £100,000 to help Herne Hill businesses get back on their feet following the burst water main in August.

Council uses planning powers to stop spread of high street betting shops

Money inside a wallet

Published on 9 October 2013

Southwark Council is working hard to maintain a network of thriving high streets throughout the borough in order to build the local economy and create viable town centres for residents and workers.

Do you flypost in Southwark? We will prosecute you

Southwark council logo

Published on 2 October 2013

Flyposting – sticking posters to private or public property without consent may seem innocuous but it is against the law, causes a nuisance, litters public areas and costs the taxpayer money.

Even more Southwark teens staying in education, employment or training

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Published on 12 September 2013

Young people in Southwark are more likely to be in education, employment or training than most of the other London boroughs as local ‘NEET’ figures drop for the second time this year.

£35,000 awarded in second round of Southwark's unique business bursary scheme

Mind Your Own Business

Published on 28 August 2013

Beautiful balconies and African textiles are among the seven new businesses set up by young Southwark-based entrepreneurs thanks to the council's unique Mind Your Own Business initiative.

Boroughs join forces to fight illicit tobacco trade

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Published on 22 August 2013

Boroughs across South East London plan to curb the sale of illicit tobacco after a report found criminal gangs sold illicit cigarettes with a street value of £22 million annually in the region.

Free summer taster sessions available for young jobseekers in Southwark

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Published on 18 July 2013

Sixteen to eighteen-year-olds in Southwark invited to summer introductory classes to try taster classes, get qualifications, and build their CVs.

Difficult decisions ahead as council faces budget shortfall


Published on 1 July 2013

Southwark Council has admitted it will be facing some difficult decisions in the coming years as it faces a £23m budget gap, but adds that plans are in place to make up the majority of the shortfall.

Southwark Council delivers on promises

Fairer future

Published on 1 July 2013

New homes delivery, a significant reduction in violent crime and an extensive programme of major housing repair works are just some of the promises Southwark Council is keeping.

Shard business pays no rates due to Valuation Office Agency delays

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Published on 12 April 2013

A business in London’s most iconic new building is paying no business rates due to delays at the Valuation Office Agency, Southwark Council has revealed.

Fireworks Licences withdrawn from Southwark newsagents


Published on 27 March 2013

Two Southwark newsagents, which stored fireworks in an unsafe manner, had their fireworks storage licences revoked by Southwark Council's Licensing Sub-Committee on Friday 22 March.

Southwark gets tough on banned mothballs


Published on 25 March 2013

The Trading Standards team have issued a safety warning to residents and businesses after prohibited mothballs, containing the banned substance Naphthalene, were found on sale in Peckham and Walworth.

Southwark town centres given a boost with parking charge freeze

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Published on 13 February 2013

Southwark Council has frozen its parking charges for the next 12 months in order to boost trade around local town centres and high streets.

Southwark Council plans council tax freeze for fifth year in a row

Published on 1 February 2013

Southwark residents will see a zero per cent increase in their council tax, after the planned 2013/14 draft budget was approved this week by Cabinet.

Southwark shops Scandinavian style

Scandinavian Xmas Market

Published on 22 November 2012

Soak up the festive atmosphere Scandinavian style at the Christmas Market outside the Finnish and Norwegian Churches in Albion Street, SE16 on 23, 24 and 25 November 2012.

Southwark’s fight against fraud bolstered by Police appointment


Published on 14 November 2012

Southwark Council has announced the appointment of a new police officer seconded from the Fraud Squad at New Scotland Yard to bolster the organisation's fight against organised fraud.

Southwark leads the way on fair pay

Deego Ibrahim

Published on 6 November 2012

Southwark Council, one of just nine councils nationally, has today been formally accredited under the Living Wage initiative.

Southwark Council signs four year IT deal with Capita


Published on 2 November 2012

Southwark Council announces contract with Capita for IT provision.

Grade II listed pub and music venue is first to be saved under Localism Act nationally

The Ivy House

Published on 2 November 2012

A stunning pub and music venue could be saved under the Localism act if local people successfully bid for it.

Southwark Council prosecutes publican for illegal cigarettes sale

Illegal cache

Published on 5 October 2012

A Southwark publican has been fined around £3,300 after pleading guilty to selling illegal cigarettes from his premises.

Southwark Council apprentice to represent London in national awards

Published on 27 September 2012

A Southwark Council apprentice will be representing London in the final of the prestigious National Apprenticeship Awards and National Training Awards 2012.

Southwark leads the way on fair pay

Published on 27 September 2012

Southwark Council has been highlighted for the work it has done to tackle income inequality through its support for a London Living Wage.

Peace and love in Peckham

Published on 10 August 2012

Peckham Peace Wall by Garudio Studiage, a wall of love and respect post-it notes which grew following last year's disturbances, was officially launched on 8 August 2012.

Inspectors find Southwark's first fake Olympic souvenirs

Counterfeit Olympic badges

Published on 27 March 2012

Fake lighters and badges sporting the Olympic rings and London 2012 branding have been confiscated by Southwark Council trading standards officers.

Credit union sets up in Peckham

Published on 9 March 2012

London Mutual Credit Union (LMCU) has taken over former Southwark council offices on Heaton Road in Peckham, it was announced today.

Southwark and Lambeth to further integrate legal teams

Published on 9 February 2012

Two London councils are to further integrate their legal teams in a bid to save local taxpayers tens of thousand of pounds a year and provide a better service.

London's oldest fruit and veg market receives Southwark Blue Plaque

Published on 2 February 2012

London's oldest and best loved food markets was today (2 February 2012) honoured with a commemorative blue plaque by Southwark Council to celebrate over 250 years of trading fruit and veg.

Cracking activities lined up in Southwark to get people shopping local this Christmas

Published on 12 December 2011

A host of activities from free gift wrapping to cookery demos to pop up Christmas concerts is taking place in Southwark from this weekend (Dec 17)

Southwark businesses helped back on their feet after the riots

Published on 17 August 2011

Southwark Council has announced details of how it will support businesses affected by the riots, including temporary relief from business rates and an emergency recovery fund.

Despite the recession, Southwark sees thousands of new homes complete

Published on 17 June 2011

Southwark Council continues to press ahead with building new social and affordable homes, and is building the first council homes to be completed for five years.

New training facilities for The Shard open in Southwark

View of the Shard

Published on 17 June 2011

A cutting edge training initiative to help local people access jobs in the Shard officially opened its doors to the public on Friday 17 June

Southwark aims to be top London business district

Developers gather for regeneration conference

Published on 19 May 2011

The central London borough home to Britain's tallest building; The Shard, has called on other developers to help continue the area’s transformation as it drives forward an ambitious regeneration plan

London Bridge BID renewed

Published on 8 November 2010

Team London Bridge has held a successful ballot to renew the London Bridge Business Improvement District (BID).

Southwark’s markets to be boosted with improvements

Published on 22 September 2010

Southwark Council is to carry out a series of improvements to its popular markets including encouraging new markets and providing incentives for new traders.

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