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  • Giant Robot, damp squib

    Our managing editor had a night out at Street Feast’s highly anticipated foray into Canary Wharf. He left underfed and underwhelmed Walking into Dalston Yard for the first time was a pure delight. The space that came to define Street Feast transformed summer nights. For people accustomed to drinking on the pavement outside a pub then going for a questionable… Read More

  • ‘Worrying about money when you’re going on maternity leave isn’t pleasant’

    Cherry Freeman makes the argument for startups getting robust maternity leave policies in place. We’ve tried to be as generous as we can with the maternity leave policy at Love Crafts. That includes offering an extended period of paid maternity leave (more than the statutory minimum) and a phased return to work that lets mums work part-time at full pay for… Read More

  • ‘It’s not just mums missing out; it’s the economy as a whole’

    For new families, being part of a flexible workplace can be a huge help. Nikki Cochrane, founder of Digital Mums, asks why more companies aren’t giving flexible working a go. At Digital Mums, we give our employees full flexibility. From our team of 35, only five come into the office full-time. The rest work part-time and remotely, and of those employees, six… Read More

  • ‘Work is important to me, but it needs to work around my family’

    Alienor Falconer loved working in fashion design – but when she had her son, she wasn’t sure how she could make a nine to five job. To get the flexibility she needed, she launched her own business. I loved working as a fashion footwear developer. But while on maternity leave with my son, my attitude to work changed. It wasn’t that work… Read More

  • The five stages of stock management

    Getting a grip on stock management – and building a process that can scale with the business – requires more than Excel sheets and yearly stock takes. The clothing retailer Asos has had its fair share of crises in its warehouse over… Read More

  • Handmade knives from south-east London: Blenheim Forge

    James Ross-Harris, Jon Warshawsky and Richard Warner are bladesmiths making kitchen knives from a railway arch in south-east London. Finding influence in the simplicity and rusticity of wabi-sabi, they have placed traditional Japanese methods and ideals at the heart of… Read More

  • Making human hair extensions

    From India to Myanmar to China to Peckham: The journey human hair takes before it’s sold online and on British high streets.  Some of the world’s best-quality hair comes from India. At Tirumala temple barbers tonsure 40,000 pilgrims daily and cut… Read More

  • 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,… Read More

  • Cooking with colour: turmeric and squid ink

    Pigments – which work by absorbing certain wavelength of light and, unlike dyes, don’t dissolve in water – traditionally come from biological sources. Here, two London chefs use bright turmeric and slick squid ink to create two pigment-packed dishes. by… Read More