‘Authenticity’ factor lured Beam Suntory to buy gin startup Sipsmith

Notions of craftsmanship appear to be steering the top end of the spirits industry, making startups attractive for takeovers. Pictures of Sipsmiths’ shiny copper gin distillery in Hammersmith are all over its website. A video ‘tour’ of the distillery fills the screen as soon as the page loads. In all of Sipsmith’s sales material, it sings nostalgically about the traditional …

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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 …