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Ways to connect With support from a local MP and the council, co-operative models of working are helping with problems in Waltham Forest, from risks attached to self-employment to the cost of renting workshops and food production. Lucy Clarke reports

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elf-employed people in Waltham Forest are finding new ways to work in a crucial step forward for entrepreneurs and business-minded residents. Collaborative organisations such as the co-operative working space Indycube and the Blackhorse Workshop public facility are intent on encouraging freelance success across the borough.

The Labour MP for Walthamstow, Stella Creasy, hopes projects run by organisations like these will act as a gateway for promoting trade union membership among the 16.5% of her north-east London constituency who work for themselves. Indycube, in partnership with the community trade union, is helping to support Walthamstow’s growing selfemployed community.

Above: Indycube seeks to unionise self-employed people – such as graphic designers – to provide workers’ rights support.

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Invest Waltham Forest 4  

This fourth edition of Invest Waltham Forest looks at how the borough is prioritising culture-led regeneration and good quality design.

Invest Waltham Forest 4  

This fourth edition of Invest Waltham Forest looks at how the borough is prioritising culture-led regeneration and good quality design.