We are a Fairtrade Borough

Fairtrade Fortnight

How can you get involved locally?

Fairtrade actively creates opportunities for farmers and producers in developing countries to earn a fair price for their produce, which makes a big difference to their social and environmental standard of living.

Locally we’re fortunate to have the Brent Fairtrade Network, which campaigns to encourage people and businesses to buy fair trade products and to raise awareness of social justice and trade related poverty issues.

If you’re interested in finding out more you can contact Peter Moore, Chair of Brent Fairtrade Network at

Samantha Brown

For Real bread week.
Say hello to our Enterprise Hub member Samantha Brown 👋 Samantha creates bespoke celebration cakes by hand for all occasions, designed to your specifications and requirements. She uses the freshest and finest quality ingredients for each cake.

 Samantha also provides cake decorating classes in her @thelondoncakeacademy studios at The Granville; she covers all aspects of cake decorating for groups and 1.2.1 classes.

Fairtrade Fortnight

In honour of this year’s #fairtradefortnight we’ll kick  off with our very own Enterprise Hub member Natasha Steele, founder and chief Juicier @urbancordial.

In an effort to source the best ingredients Natasha was aware of the serious problem of food surplus. The scale of the issue was clear; over a third of global food doesn’t reach our plates, often because it is just considered odd-looking despite being perfectly good to eat. So, Natasha started working with local farms who had surplus produce. To date, Urban Cordial has helped to save over 30 tonnes of fruit from landfill.

 Source www.urbancordial.com

Real Bread Week

Happy Saturday. Did you know it’s #RealBreadWeek which runs from today 20th February to 28th February 2021.
Launched by the Real Bread Campaign in 2009 this is the annual, international celebration of Real Bread and people who make it!
Everyone is encouraged to get along to a local, independent Real Bread bakery and support a business that helps to create more jobs per loaf at the heart of your local community. One of the two main aims of the week has always been to encourage more people to bake their own Real Bread, and we’re particularly keen to see more children learning to bake!
Don’t be fooled by so-called ‘artisan’ loaves turning up on supermarket shelves: insist on the real deal.
Look for The Real Bread Loaf Mark
Discover a local Real Bread bakery
Get involved! Get baking!
How are YOU celebrating Real Bread Week this year?

Care Day 2021

Today is Care Day which celebrates the rights and resilience of children and young people in care through celebrating their stories and achievements.

Brent Care in Action works with young people in care aged 13+ and care leavers.
Meeting fortnightly on Tuesdays 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

It encourages children and young people to shape the services it provides.

Junior Care in Action is for children in care aged 7-12 years old and meets once a month Saturday, 2pm to 4.30pm.

Visit brent Care in Action for more information.

We would also like to acknowledge young people in care, carers, foster families and professionals who care for young people.

You are awesome!

The Greatest Challenge To End The Pandemic

Immunisation is one of medicine’s greatest success stories and vaccines will be our strongest weapon against COVID-19. But rising numbers of people are refusing vaccinations based on uncertainty or on misinformation.

In a special, free Science Museum online event on Wednesday 24 February, a panel of medical professionals, policy makers and experts in infectious disease will come together to discuss the history of and science behind vaccination, to celebrate its success and to explore the reasons why there can be hesitancy towards vaccines.

Chaired by Clive Cookson, Science Editor at the Financial Times, “Vaccine Hesitancy: The Greatest Challenge to Ending the Pandemic?” will open with a special introduction from the Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr Anthony Fauci. The panel discussion will feature Nadhim Zahawi MP, the UK’s COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Minister; Professor Beate Kampmann, Director of The Vaccine Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Dr Doug Brown, Chief Executive of the British Society for Immunology; and Dr Heidi Larson, Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project.

Tickets can be booked via the Science Museum website.
Time: 19.30 – 21.00
Price: Free, booking required
Age: Recommended 15+

Brent Solidarity Fund

Responsible local citizenship. Business, individuals and community pulling together to support those who are struggling financially. The Brent Solidarity Fund is designed and run by Brent residents for Brent residents. The fund provides assistance to local people who are struggling financially. This fund can be used for anything and there is no obligation to pay back the money. The fund is run with respect and trust, in accordance with principles of mutual aid: “from each according to their ability, to each according to their need”.
If you or someone you know needs financial support for up to £50, please use the Brent Solidarity Fund website to find out more and apply through your nearest Mutual Aid Group. You can also donate money to this fund and help ensure there is money available for people who need it. https://opencollective.com/brent-solidarity-fund (Source

Shrove Tuesday

Today is Pancake Day!

Did you know this moveable festival is determined by Easter, and was actually known as Shrove Tuesday!

Shrove Tuesday is a traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Which always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday.

It was the last opportunity to use up all the eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast, and pancakes were the perfect way of using up these ingredients.

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Brent Residents Support Fund.

If you are a Brent resident and have been impacted financially or personally by Covid-19, you could be eligible for financial support.

An interest-free loan, grant or both.

Who can apply?

If you are a Brent resident
Aged 18 or over.
If you have been impacted by coronavirus.
If you do not have more than £6,000 in savings at the time of application.

You must be willing to provide any reasonable supporting information.

For more information please visit https://www.brent.gov.uk/services-for-residents/benefits-and-money-advice/resident-s-support-fund/

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall Visits The Granville

We were delighted to receive a visit from HRH the Duchess of Cornwall on Wednesday 19th February. Camilla was welcomed by Brent’s Mayor and Chief Executive as well as by our own Chief Executive, Carl Blackburn.

Camilla met a range of people involved in Brent 2020’s Borough of Culture, including the Blueprint Collective, volunteers and people who took part in the amazing Rise opening ceremony.

She walked around a packed Front Room, mingling and talking with a wide range of residents, community groups, volunteers and parents and toddlers from the Granville Plus Nursery School.

Carl then gave Camilla a tour of the creative studios that make up The Granville’s Enterprise Hub, and introduced her to the enterprises that are based here, including Urban Cordial, K2K Radio, Dayo’s Handmade Cards, the British International Education Association and To The T, amongst others.

The Duchess’ visit ended with a performance of Irish and Albanian dance by the Ellis-Parr Dance Academy and Shpresa, and a poem by local artist Just-Ori.

Although the visit was very brief, we were able to show Camilla some of the fantastic work that takes place at The Granville and gave her a warm Brent welcome.


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