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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 …

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Inside Bompas & Parr’s ‘ideas factory’

We go behind the scenes at London’s leading food architects Bompas & Parr   Behind the scenes at Sam Bompas and Harry Parr’s new ‘ideas factory’, it’s every bit as bonkers as one of their multi-sensory installations. ‘It’s Barbarella’s crystal kingdom meets the pastel colours of a cake shop, with everything we need to prototype, test and taste our inventions, says Bompas.’ …

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Brexit: Startups worry for London’s talent

The food and tech sectors have been especially buoyed by access to workers in recent years. ‘Talent flight’ has been identified as the biggest threat to London’s startup scene post-Brexit. Some industries are heavily reliant on European workers: around a third of the UK’s tech employees are EU migrants, while one in eight in London’s food scene are from the …

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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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How Burger & Lobster hacked shellfish supply and demand

Behind the fast-expanding Burger & Lobster dining chain is a slick operation that appears to have nailed the tricky business of lobster logistics. Originally conceived by restaurateur George Bukhov as a low-key experiment from the London-based Goodman group back in 2011, Burger & Lobster has since surpassed all expectations. Although it wasn’t without some concern in the early stages; the …


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Three questions: Kids Love Ink tattoo studio, Deptford and Shoreditch

Marcus Broom of Kids Love Ink, which has tattoo studios in Deptford and Shoreditch, invited Courier to check out his workspace and answer three of the most common questions about tattooing. It’s black and grey sleeves and Christian-based iconography people are asking for. It’s definitely a fashion rather than religious. In the the late 90s, it was tribal and Japanese art, heavily influenced by TV and film. More …