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Author: Kate McIntyre

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When not presenting on television shows like BBC's The One Show, Kate McIntyre runs London’s cheekiest card and gift shop in Islington's Camden Passage, N1 – a hidden lane away from the usual bustle of Upper Street, teeming with smaller independent traders. In this series, Kate talks with local Angel retailers about the challenges to keep going through these troubled times. Great listening for anyone who runs a small business looking for ideas and encouragement and for those locked down in Islington and surrounding boroughs who care about the future of the independent traders that bring life and much colour to the Angel neighbourhood. Kate can be found on Instagram at @katemcintyretv
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I chat to rising superstar fitness influencer Bradley Simmonds about ‘Getting It Done’ during lockdown. We talk live workouts, fundraising, and find out about the exciting new fitness platform he will be launching in a month's time. Sign me up now! A must listen for anyone who has been following Bradley’s live instagram workouts during lockdown. Packed full of fitness and nutrition tips too this is a great episode for anyone thinking of dusting off their sweat bands and getting into shape! Bradley Simmonds can be found online at https://www.bradleysimmonds.co.uk/ and on Instagram at @bradleysimmonds. Get the listening done!
The Bellanger sign first appeared in Angel 5 years ago and the restaurant quickly became the place to go for brunch, that business lunch, an after work cocktail and a thousand intimate catch ups.  Like many, I was sad to see it close down in 2019 with its regulars talking of chaining themselves to those banquettes in protest.  A few weeks ago, with the first signs of recovery from lockdown showing around Angel, the talismanic Bellanger sign reappeared back above the shuttered premises, heralding one of the most unexpected and welcome returns of all.  In this episode, I speak to none other than Jeremy King, the inspirational co-founder and CEO of Corbin and King, about why the Bellanger brand is back in the borough and why the new approach will be a winner when the restaurant reopens for business on August 14th.  Welcome home Bellanger, you have been missed by the people (and the dogs) of Angel.  Follow Bellanger on Instagram and Twitter at @Bellanger_N1.
In this episode, I chat to Luca who has just opened Kitch Hair on Charlton Place just off Camden Passage with his partner Scott.  This dream team have hit the ground running and are already a big hit with the locals and some celebs too - listen up to find out more as we talk Kitchen haircuts, Strictly Come Dancing and pastel interiors!  Oh yes baby!!  The talents of Kitch Hair can be booked online at https://kitchhair.co.uk/ and the results are for the world to see on Instagram at @kitchhair
In the first series of SOS Angel, we met Sarah Benioff who leads the inspirational team at  Islington Giving and talked about the work that "Angel's Guardian Angel" did through the lockdown period to look after Islington’s most vulnerable. In this episode, I catch up with Sarah to get an update on the Crisis Fund and find out about Walk The Line 2020, a great way to get socially-distanced "out and about" this Summer and to raise funds to support the work that Islington Giving do in our area.  I will definitely be walking that line!  To find out more about Islington Giving, go to https://islingtongiving.org.uk/.  More information about Walk The Line can be found at https://islingtongiving.org.uk/walk-the-line-2020/ 
Join us for the freshest catch up of the day, as we revisit Sam at Moxon's fishmonger to see how they have weathered the lockdown storm.  In Episode 1 of Series 1, we met Sam as the lockdown was in its first days.  Moxon's, as an essential service to the Angel community, had stayed open and continued to serve the community with fish and seafood.  In this episode, we hook up with Sam again.  Moxon's can be found online at https://www.moxonsfreshfish.com/ and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/moxonsfreshfish/ 
What do Strict Media, swinging Salsa and Espresso Martinis have in common - apart from all making you feel great? "Andy in Angel" is the answer!  Listen up to find out more about @andy.creative's exciting new venture in Angel.Strict Media can be found at http://strictmedia.co.uk/ online (Instagram:@strictmedia).  Meletius Coffee are found at https://meletius.com/.
Master chocolatier paul a young's Angel shop is open again and has, in the words of the song, come back to stay!  I catch up with the celebrated master chocolatier himself on everything from the hardships of lock down to the health benefits of chocolate and hear all about the mouthwatering new takeaway range ready for Fathers Day.  paul a young Chocolates can be found online at http://www.paulayoung.co.uk/ 
As the businesses of Camden Passage open their shutters and start the long journey back from the lockdown to a new normal, SOS Angel is back for a new Season.  I talk to many of the traders that we met in Season 1 tracking their progress as they open their shutters and resume trading in this uncertain period.  We also meet some new traders and business owners, opening their doors for the first time to a world of social distancing and PPE.  Grab a coffee and listen to these stories of ingenuity, humour and, above all, a determination to succeed.
Thank you for listening to Season 1 of SOS Angel.  We have talked to many of the traders in the Angel as they struggle to come to terms with the lockdown.  For most, this is the start of a period of unprecedented uncertainty.  I have been struck the humour, the thoughtfulness and the determination of those I have talked to.  Thank you to all who took part, your time is really appreciated.Season 2 will start soon.  As the world opens up after the lockdown, we will revisit many of the businesses we met in Season 1 and meet some new businesses as they open for the first time in the area.  This is the just the start of a journey for all of us who trade in the Islington area.
I chat to Sarah Benioff about the inspirational work that the team at Islington Giving continue to do through this lockdown period to look after Islington’s most vulnerable.  To find out more about Islington Giving, go to https://islingtongiving.org.uk/
Founder and CEO David Goldberg takes us through the keyhole into the world of Residential Property Management and tells us how his company POD have been busier than ever looking after people's homes during the pandemic.POD Management can be found online at https://www.podmanagement.co.uk/
There has always been a buzz around the Business Design Centre in Angel - from the flies around the cattle in at Agricultural shows in the 1860’s, to the paparazzi buzzing around stars of stage and silver screen arriving for the most glamorous parties, to eager business people thronging around hot new products at the many exhibitions.  I chat to Conference Manager Charlotte who fills me in on how the BDC has been continuing to buzz during Lockdown and is now back, raring to go!  The Business Design Centre can be found online at https://www.businessdesigncentre.co.uk/ 
The ‘F’ Word, ‘Fitness’ is on most peoples agenda during the lockdown.  I chat to personal trainer Ali who works out of a private studio at Lift in Islington about how important it is to keep both our physical and mental health in tip top condition during the lockdown.  So put that cookie down and have a listen!Sign up for a training session with Ali at http://www.liftislington.org.uk/personal-training/alistair-richardson 
Glen tells us how he and his company are keeping their clients clean and safe during the lockdown - and gives us some top cleaning tips and a slice of positivity too!  Glen's Cleaning can be found online at www.glenscleaning.com and contacted at info@glenscleaning.com.
Guys, what’s better than hanging out in that man cave at home - visiting Mancave Barber Shop in Camden Passage of course, to sort out all of your male grooming needs.  I chat to Jay about how they are responding to the lockdown and helping their clients with those home haircuts by offering tutorials and advice on social media to fill the void until they can re-open.  So, if you or your man has a hair emergency listen up!  Mancave can be found online at https://www.mancavebarber.co.uk/
The Little Angel Theatre are engaging with their audiences online as they help children and parents through the lock-down with their puppet shows and make and do ideas.  So grab your egg boxes and toilet rolls (ah so that’s why people were hoarding them!) and listen up!  The Little Angel Theatre can be found online at https://littleangeltheatre.com/
I chat to Alex, one of the owners of Brother Marcus about the struggles of lockdown as he tries to juggle managing his 3 locations and almost 70 employees. So when will we be able to get a coffee and their famous instagramable brunch? We get the scoop!  Brother Marcus can be found online at http://brothermarcus.co.uk/angel/
Having five shops locked down is quite a challenge for Henry the creator of the SirPlus menswear brand.  But this nimble business is certainly rising to the challenge and adapting to the current situation.  We discuss everything from the humble boxer to the Government Bounce Back Loans and look forward to the reopening of his Camden Passage location - his favourite of them all of course!  SirPlus can be found online at https://sirplus.co.uk/ 
Cristina from Colibri Boutique tells us how she is taking the lockdown by the horns and future proofing her business from improving her website to at-home video consultations, she’s got you covered - well your body with glad rags anyway!  Colibri Boutique can be found online at https://colibri.boutique/
We talk to Ivo from EpicZen health and wellbeing store about the challenges of staying open during the crisis, why it's important to keep your vitamin D3 levels topped up and the benefits of face masks. A great one to listen to whilst soaking up the sun.  EpicZen Health can be found online at https://www.epiczen.co.uk/ 
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