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London’s night mayor Amy Lamé on drugs, developers and diversity

Courier met London’s newly appointed Night Tsar to ask how she’ll tackle the problems facing the capital’s night life scene. In November 2016, London Mayor Sadiq Khan appointed Amy Lamé as the city’s new ‘Night Tsar’. It was a relatively cheap way of landing a few good headlines amid the mournful clamour following the closure of the nightclub Fabric and …

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How Lost My Name reinvented its product for Chinese customers

Before tapping into the pockets of Chinese parents, personalised children’s book publisher Lost My Name had to reinvent its product. Recently, Asi Sharabi’s team has been spending quite a lot of time with Chinese mums, quizzing them about bedtime. It’s the first bit of foreign consumer research that his personalised kid’s book company, Lost My Name, has done since starting …

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Aarhus, Denmark: The right side of the tracks

A long way from the glitzy developments underway in central Aarhus, Denmark, is the sight a of Tetris-esque collection of stacked containers in an abandoned freight station. It’s become a magnet for creatives but the area is under threat. Located on the edge of the city centre of Aarhus, Denmark’s second city, is an area that many could be forgiven …

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Q&A: Seth Troxler – ‘I’m basically a street hustler’

Seth Troxler is an American techno DJ, producer and record-label owner. He also puts on events and has a residency at Fabric. He grew up in Detroit but has made London his base in recent years. Beyond music, Troxler launched his Smokey Tails BBQ pop-up in Hackney Wick three years ago and in April this year it moved to a …

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The struggle to keep London’s nightclub business alive

Nightclubs are shutting down at a surprisingly fast rate with complaints of crime taking a toll. However, owners prove they are here to stay and describe the methods taken to adapt to their new climate. 25 Aug 2016 Running nightclubs has never been a business for the faint-hearted, but the current climate is testing the wit and invention of London’s promoters …

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Are family-owned businesses a good idea?

We speak to a seventh-generation milliner about the company’s experiences.   Working with your nearest and dearest might sound a hellish prospect to some, but family firms have been the lifeblood of the UK economy for centuries. The UK currently has 4.6 million registered family businesses, generating £1.3tn in turnover a year. Some of the world’s biggest firms are still family run, …

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How Boiler Room was born

Blaise Bellville is the Marlborough-educated bashment DJ who built a music broadcast platform that wants to be the new MTV. An ill-conceived property venture inadvertently gave birth to Boiler Room, one of the most talked-about media businesses around today. Blaise Bellville lied to the building’s owner about investors and tenants he didn’t have in what was his latest wheeze to …

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South-east London’s nightlife success stories

A small group in Peckham are putting on parties that could well make them the unlikely heroes keeping London’s after-hours culture alive. Somewhere after the succession of hair weaves and fish being hawked on Rye Lane is a grubby red door next to a closed down chiropodist. A sign that looks like it’s been there since the 1980s at the …