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Which supermarket is expanding in Islington?

An intriguing job ad seen online:

Trainee Retail Store Manager – Food

Location:North East London – (Kentish Town, Hackney, Holloway, Caledonian Road, Dalston,, Chapel Market, Leytonstone, Walthamstow)

The Company

Our client is a rapidly expanding food retailer which is looking to open in excess of 70 stores this year to add to their existing portfolio of over 600+ stores across the UK. Already growing faster than any other food retailer, our client is now looking to fuel this expansion with highly motivated Trainee Retail Store Managers that are keen to get ahead.

Fastest growing food retailer? Sounds like Aldi. But 600+ stores? Maybe not.

Sainsburys are planning to expand nationally, but already have several Islington stores, including the biggie at the Angel. I can’t see them opening one on Chapel Market as well.

Or could it be ASDA?

Whoever it is, they certainly want great things from their staff:

Our client is looking for dynamic and highly driven individuals to become the Store Managers of the future. You will need to be a real people person and have a style of management which gets results through the coaching and motivating of their staff. Ideally coming from a fast paced retail management role you will need to have a real thirst for knowledge and the hunger to become a first class Retail Manager

In return for all your hard work and dedication not only will you receive first class training but a healthy salary whilst training of £23,100 increasing massively on successful completion of the course.

If you feel you have what it takes to become a Store Manager for a market leading UK retailer, please do not hesitate to apply.

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What has Europe done for us? #2

The EU social and regional funds are paying into London to help the city’s poorest residents.

The money, which keeps coming until 2013, includes £300 million for skills training, and £100 million for helping business development and community regeneration. That’s good news.

Less good is the reason London qualifies for the money. Alongside much poorer countries, and despite all Labour’s rhetoric, we have 1 in 4 London children growing up in poverty.

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40 questions on women’s policy

The Liberal Democrats have published a consultation paper on women’s policy, covering issues like sex, money and safety.

As a consultation paper it’s all about questions not answers.

The questions range from the big picture – Can women really ‘have it all’? Can men? What is ‘it’ anyway and is it worth the effort? – to some interesting specifics. For example, How can we best enable mature women to get back into the labour market after a long break? and What alternatives to prison might be appropriate for female offenders?

The party will be holding a consultative session at the Lib Dem spring conference in Harrogate next month. That in turn will feed into detailed policy proposals for the main conference in September. But you don’t have to go to conference, or even be a Lib Dem to have your say.

I’m seeking views from women (and men!) in Islington on the consultation paper, and will feed them all into the policy-making process. So please email me – and if you’d like me to organise a meeting with you or your group to discuss the ideas, just let me know.

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Recession hits Islington

The UK is officially in recession, and Islington’s not immune.

The latest unemployment figures show that the number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in Islington rose from 5,239 in November 2008 to 5,585 in December – that’s a 6.6% increase. That compares with a national increase in the unemployment rate for the 3 months previously of 6.1%. And that in turn is the worst for nearly a decade.

Islington isn’t a company town, we don’t rely on a single large employer. Islington people work in a rich mix of the City, the law and the NHS; shops, small local firms, local council and civil service, the media; and service industries from cleaning to web-design. So the borough has been protected from industry-specific downturns. But as the figures show, this general recession is hitting everyone. Plans for more local apprenticeships are one practical response.

Meanwhile our local Labour MP Emily Thornberry still seems in denial. Her website proclaims “Life for the people of Islington is getting better because we have a Labour government. Our economy is stronger and the money that the government is investing in Islington is making real improvements.”

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Guardian blog 21 November

My latest Guardian blog – on recession, RBS and responsibility – is now online.

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