Tag Archives: Saif Bonar

150% rent hike forces Croydon Radio to stop programming

Croydon Radio has gone off-air, the community-run digital station having decided to leave its studio in Matthew’s Yard, off Surrey Street, after a demand for a 150 per cent rent increase. There has been no new or live programming from … Continue reading

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Council pledge on Living Wage forgotten for #IWD party

A senior Town Hall figure has admitted that Croydon Council “has no idea” whether the staff working at the venue at which it is staging a “celebratory event” this evening for International Women’s Day are paid the London Living Wage. … Continue reading

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Bonar back-tracks over closure after latest fire safety visit

Saif Bonar, the “founder” of Matthew’s Yard coffee shop off Surrey Street, has backed down from his public threat to close up the property’s workspace and end his work on that part of the building. Bonar had made his threat … Continue reading

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Matthew’s Yard shuts workspace after fire safety visit

Having been abandoned by their staff baristas, Matthew’s Yard is now threatening to call in the barristers. Sited off Surrey Street, Matthew’s Yard is the favoured haunt of leading Croydon Tories and gentrifiers, with its overpriced coffees and pretentious snacks. … Continue reading

Posted in Boxpark, Business, Croydon Council, Fairfield, Jo Negrini, Mario Creatura, Planning, Surrey Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Matthews Yard seeks public donations for expansion plans

Matthews Yard, the cafe and workspace off Surrey Street which has received significant support from the council and staged several events for the likes of Gavin Barwell MP and others in the Croydon Establishment, is now asking the public to … Continue reading

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How the riots inspired me to set up business in Croydon

Never worked on a building project before? Never run a food outlet before? Got little or no working capital for a deposit or set-up costs? SAIF BONAR ticked all the wrong boxes when he decided six months ago to try … Continue reading

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Digital hub planned for Surrey St that points to future

The recovery, from the banker-induced recession as well as August’s riots, and the rebuilding process in Croydon will need development from more than just multi-national businesses and millionaire property speculators, and at least one local resident, Saif Bonar, is doing … Continue reading

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