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Four blueprints for starting a spirits company

How four independent distilleries with very different formats launched. There are easy ways to set up an urban spirits startup, and then there’s East London Liquor Company, an ambitious vodka, gin and whisky distillery established in 2014. Its site also hosts a bar and the company runs a small distribution business, too. Founder Alex Wolpert brought years of experience in …

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Distilling the details

The tactics small-scale producers used to change the landscape of the spirits industry.  It takes some guts to enter an industry dominated by global players with very strong brands, in a category that was decidedly uncool, and with an obstructive and seemingly impenetrable licensing regime in place. It’s remarkable that a handful of entrepreneurs were able to make their mark …

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The challenges of co-founding a company as a couple

For co-founder couples, pillow talk can be a professional minefield. In the second ever issue of Courier, we talked to Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer, who were a year into their new London restaurant Honey and Co. ‘We do argue, but we just fight it out and move on,’ said Srulovich. There are countless couples who wake up and work …

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Two is the magic number: business co-founders share the secrets of their partnerships’ success

The relationship between business co-founders can be the most emotionally demanding in a person’s life. It can also be the factor which determines the success or failure of a company: the double act.  In 2009, the Blackberry was so popular it was being referred to as the Crackberry. It accounted for half of all smartphones being sold. It was even credited …

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Future faces: three British founders with a fresh take on black hair and makeup

We speak to three founders who are transforming the business of black hair and beauty. What? Makeup brand Why? To make lipsticks that cater to black women When? Founded 2013 Who? Florence Adepoju, cosmetic scientist Incumbents: Sleek, MAC, Iman, Bobbi Brown, NYX MDM Flow is a makeup brand – and a movement. ‘Three years ago I only cared about the product,’ …

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Black-owned, British-made and worth a fortune

The epic transformation of the black hair and beauty industry. Black hair is a big deal – culturally and economically. Black women are estimated to spend around six times more on haircare than other women, typically change their hairstyle far more often and spend hundreds of hours in hair salons. And yet, barely any mainstream UK retailers stock hair extensions, …

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Reinventing the business of street food

A glut of new traders, smart sites and big money: street food’s moving up and out.  Five years ago, friends Nud Dudhia and Chris Whitney quit their jobs to sell tacos from a shack in an east London carpark. The city guys-turned-street food makers encapsulated everything about the budding industry that seemed most exciting; bold, brave, a little brash, they …