?But all of that dynamism is under threat. Every day we speak to small business owners who have had to shut down or relocate because of massive in-year rent increases, often leaving arches vacant for years.“And now, with the impending sale of the estate, their future is even more uncertain. When you look at how much these arches businesses contribute to our economy, it doesn?t make any sense to put all of that at risk.? Krissie Nicolson, director of the East End Trades Guild, added: ?Railway arches have been incubators for innovation and creativity, offering desperately needed affordable space which can be tailored to suit the needs of each business. “We urgently need to preserve these spaces for local entrepreneurs and the communities around them.?
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