Significance to Latin American Community
Seven Sisters Market 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 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.
Beyond providing unique products and services, the businesses form part of a crucial support network and intangible infrastructure for the migrant community - a hub for social-cultural life in which identity is represented and constructed. Supermarkets, hairdressers, restaurants also serve as resources for accommodation, employment, immigration advice, business support, education and language learning.
The long campaign to save Seven Sisters Market and Wards Corner has generated a growing body of evidence demonstrating its important economic, social and cultural value.