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How exactly are these 'cottage industries'? These are small businesses in light industrial premises. The work they do supplies countless other local businesses who rely on them, as do local caf├ęs and shops. These are valuable enterprises who can't be quietly shut-down or moved-on without the impact to the local economy being felt.

If Barnet council really does want to support small businesses, then looking into this issue and finding a solution which saves these important jobs and skills would be a good place to start.