Wards Corner Community Benefit Society (CBS)

Wards Corner Community Benefit Society (CBS)

At a glance

Causes

  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Local / community
  • Refugees / migrants

Other details

Organisation type: 
Society, cooperative or credit union
Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

The objects of the Society shall be to carry on any business for the benefit of the diverse communities, in particular but not limited to Latin American, Black and other minoritised groups, who live and work in Tottenham or who use its economic, social and cultural facilities by the restoration and operation of the Wards building.

The CBS will restore and run the historic Wards Corner buildings for the benefit of the community. Its structure and mission has been shaped by traders, local residents and local businesses through a series of online workshops and surveys in 2021, and further consultation at the start 2022.

The significance of the market as a cultural and social hub for this migrant community is widely recognised and celebrated: customers travel throughout London, and even further afield, to visit it. The many roles performed by the businesses suggest the space is more than a market: it is a vital support centre for the local community in Tottenham, as well as the migrant community throughout London.

Activities

Seven Sisters Market in the Wards Corner building has been listed as an Asset of Community Value by Haringey Council since 2014. The 42+ businesses currently operating within the market provide around 120 jobs and are home to a diverse BME community, though the majority of these businesses are run by or cater to the Latin American community, predominantly Colombia. The Wards Corner CBS will deliver the community plan that has been developed with the input of traders, local residents and local businesses through a series of online workshops and surveys in 2021, and further consultation at the start 2022. The Community Plan aims to:

-  provide improved trading space for all existing traders and for new small businesses;

- celebrate the unique identity and culture of the market;

-  protect the physical heritage of the market, the Wards Corner building and the integrity of the high street;

-  create a market that is self-managed by the community; and

- establish the area of Seven Sisters as a community ‘gateway’ to Tottenham.  

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