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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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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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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 …

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Can startups save the NHS?

Several tech founders are trying to break into the NHS. How will their smartphone-powered ideas get on in an institution sceptical of change, underpinned by a notorious tangle of IT and bureaucracy? A near-sacred institution, the NHS has spent little time out of the public psyche since its inception in 1948. Today, far from being a celebrated feat of public welfare, …

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Why people are betting big on boutiquey fitness studios

Hot on the heels of SoulCycle’s explosive growth and £90m annual sales, a bunch of UK startups are attempting to build a blockbuster fitness business out of London. Is there substance behind the lifestyle fluff? 26 Sep 2016 Some 15 months after opening his first site in Holland Park, Core Collective founder Jason de Savary was sweating over securing leases on his next two …

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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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Brexit: Impact on startups

Will investment dry up? Will talent leave? And what about funding? Courier hears from startups in finance, food, fashion, tech and other sectors on how they’ll be affected. British startups are bracing themselves for a radically different landscape in the wake of the decision to leave the EU. High on the list of concerns for founders are a downturn in …

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Can the UK build a world-beating furniture industry?

The British furniture industry lags behind Europeans despite a wealth of design talent. Why?  It’s perhaps an interesting time to reflect on the fact that Europeans simply do some things better than Britain and in a way that we would do well to learn from. This includes the making and selling of furniture. It’s a sore point for individuals in the …