Saturday, 8 May 2021


Recruiting now! Care Assistants for Kallar Lodge Care Home

Kallar Lodge is a council-run residential care home providing support to adults over the age of 65 and specialising in caring for people living with Dementia. The care home has 44 bedrooms and is surrounded by beautiful grounds, providing a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for its residents and staff.

We are looking for a number of new care staff to join our team to help us provide high standards of care to the people living at Kallar Lodge. We are looking for people who can help provide residential and end of life care to people who are no longer able to stay at home in the community.  

As a care assistant you’ll need to have a genuine caring attitude and be dedicated to enabling older people to maintain their independence and retain choice and control by providing individualised care and support to each resident according to their needs.

For more information and to apply, go to

Friday, 7 May 2021


Barking restaurant closed for business for Covid breach

Last week, we ordered a local restaurant to close its doors after enforcement officers discovered, during a routine inspection, that it was breaking Covid rules.

Sweet London of 62a Longbridge Road, Barking was visited by officers on Friday 23 April who observed 25-30 customers congregating in a wooden structure, sharing shisha and food.

As well as not enforcing social distancing, the sale of shisha is prohibited until Monday 21 June at the earliest, so our enforcement team issued a Direction Order to close the premises.

The police were also in attendance and issued the business with a £10,000 Fixed Penalty Notice.

The Direction Order was issued to the business on Tuesday 27 April and it must remain closed for two weeks, but if significant improvements are made, it may be allowed to open sooner.

If you know or suspect a business is breaking Covid rules, you can report them to the council online at

Wednesday, 5 May 2021


We joined forces with the police for day of action

We're determined to combat antisocial behaviour in Barking Town Centre, so that's why last Thursday (29 April), our enforcement officers and the police teamed up to patrol key hot spots.

The day of action saw our enforcement team and the police split up in three groups and deployed to the Abbey Ruins, East Street, Fishnet Roundabout and other surrounding areas.

Throughout the day, two patrols took place from 2pm to 3.30pm and 4pm to 5.30pm at all three locations.

Police officers also supported our officers to patrol and enforce the Public Space Protection Order in Barking Town Centre, which prohibits antisocial behaviour, such as spitting, urinating and consuming alcohol in public.

These patrols resulted in eight alcohol seizures, three begging warnings, a welfare case discussed and two spitting warnings.

As well as this, our enforcement team also supported the police’s Op Scantic, which was taking place at Barking station, by funding a police dog. The operation resulted in:
  • Three arrests (Wanted by court for failing to appear for disqualified driving, possession of a knife and Class B drugs and possession of Class C drugs)
  • 151 incidents of stop and search
  • 19 drug offences
  • 2 sources of Criminal intelligence gathered  
To read the full story, head here.

Thursday, 29 April 2021


The Conservative Party


One of the our key promises was to put an extra 20,000 police officers on our streets.

And to do that we set ourselves the ambitious target of recruiting 6,000 officers by the end of March 2021.

Today Ayoub, our first-year results have been released, and we have blown away that target, recruiting 8,771 new officers already.

For this incredible progress to continue we need good Conservative Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across the country.  

Which is why I’m urging you to vote for your local Conservative candidate a week today.

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PCCs help us to recruit officers, cut crime and keep our streets safe. 

But time and again Labour have proven they are just not up for the job. 

Putting themselves on the side of criminals instead of our police, by voting against:

❌ Funding increases for our police

❌ Tougher sentences for violent offenders

❌ More powers to take knives off our streets

❌ Delivering better protection for victims and witnesses

❌ Longer sentences for those who assault emergency workers

The choice is therefore clear. Only the Conservatives are putting more police on our streets and backing them with the powers they need. 

So Ayoub, a week today, make sure to vote Conservative.

Yours sincerely,

Priti Patel

Priti Patel 
Home Secretar

Saturday, 10 April 2021


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Wednesday, 7 April 2021


  • Editor's notebook

    In the April issue of African Business Magazine, out now, we take a detailed look at how Nigeria plans to build back after the economic ravages of the pandemic. With hopes of a long-awaited recovery in the price of oil and a raft of multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects in the pipeline, Africa's largest economy is again planning a renewal. We interview ministers, tech entrepreneurs and energy pioneers about the future, and ask whether the recovery will be sustainable or prove yet another false dawn. Also in this issue, we look at how Morocco's grounded aerospace sector is bouncing back from Covid-19, investigate how drones and AI are shaping the future of agriculture, and take a deep-dive into the future of sustainable investment.
    Use the discount code APRNL25 at checkout


    Taxing times 

    Some 80% of Nigerian SMEs do not pay their taxes, depriving the Treasury of billions of naira a year. The World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 index ranks Nigeria a lowly 159 for paying taxes. Those who have survived a brutal business environment often struggle to understand why they should contribute to an administration which appears to throw frequent obstacles in their way. Continue reading >>

    Mixed spirits  

    Covid-19 has negatively impacted alcohol sales across the continent, but many big industry players remain confident of prospects in what should remain the world’s fastest growing market. How are brewers adapting to the closure of bars and the expansion of the home market? Continue reading >>

    Ship to shore 

    Turkish companies are increasingly active in Africa. Energy company Karpowership is supplying energy to African governments from offshore power ships and has plans to roll out LNG-to-power projects across the continent. MD Zeynep Harezi explains the company’s plans. Continue reading >>

    Tanzania faces up to new future

    The sudden death of charismatic Tanzanian president John Magufuli leaves a huge void in the country’s political landscape. What does the appointment of successor Samia Suluhu Hassan, who was sworn in as Tanzania’s first female president on 19 March, mean for the country’s business environment and controversial stance towards Covid-19? Continue reading >>


    Trade Finance Survey Launch | 15th April 13.00 GMT 

    Trade finance is the lifeblood of commerce. In April 2020, a month into the pandemic, month on month global trade contracted by 12.1%. In the first survey of its kind, Afreximbank, alongside a number of strategic partners including the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the AfDB's Making Finance Work for Africa, conducted the first continent wide Trade Finance Survey. Join Central Bank Governors, Bank CEOs and industry experts, for the launch of this survey and to understand what  banks and African governments do, in a synchronised fashion, to accelerate both trade and growth in the post-containment phase of the pandemic. Register now


    Island intrigue

    An extraordinary international legal tussle is unfolding in the unlikely setting one of Africa’s smallest state, the Republic of Cape Verde. Last year, following pressure from the US, it arrested a Venezuelan businessman and is now set to extradite him to the US. The Ecowas Community Court of Justice, however, has ruled that the man be freed. At stake is Africa’s concept of national and regional sovereignty and resistance to big power pressure. Continue reading >>


    In this week's podcast, leading development finance expert and Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer at ARM-Harith Infrastructure Fund Tariye Gbadegesin, talks to us about the investment fund's current priorities and how to create a sustainable pathway for Africa’s development. Listen here >>

    Partner event

    The African Banker Awards is the largest annual event for banks in Africa and the most important event that celebrates and rewards the institutions and individuals who shape the industry.

    We invite you to share your achievements by submitting your entry across the relevant categories:

    You can submit entries until 19th April

    Stay updated!


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