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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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Brexit: Startups and the sterling sting

The weak pound is bad news for startups importing goods from Europe – but does the currency crash have positive outcomes too? The dive in sterling from $1.47 on June 23 to $1.29 two weeks later has had a severe impact on British businesses reliant on buying foreign products. It reached its lowest level against the dollar in three decades following …

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Brexit: Startups fear for EU funding

Mammoth amounts of funding for arts and tech startups are set to be lost when the UK leaves the EU. Who will step in to fill the gap? So far, the UK government’s given no indication that it will replace EU funding initiatives, meaning certain startups engaged in research or technical innovation could lose grants they’ve depended upon for their …

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Brexit: Mixed messages from startup investors

Post-Brexit uncertainty, new challenges and a tougher economic outlook appears to have made investors cautious. Perhaps mindful of the damaging impact that negative sentiment could have on confidence in the capital, the big London- based venture capital firms were unified in projecting a message of calm. However, businesses that Courier spoke to all said there was a degree of nervousness …

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Brexit: All eyes on fintech

The most immediate startup victim of Brexit is the financial technology sector. So-called ‘passporting’ allows financial firms to carry out services licensed in one EU country across European borders. That’s all been thrown into jeopardy. The ‘fintech’ sector has in recent years been earmarked as London’s trump startup sector; a number of companies doing innovative stuff around financial services have …

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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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Go large?

The upmarket burger has symbolised the mass casual dining revolution, jumping from the confines of farmers markets to provincial shopping centres in the blink of an eye. The evolution of the burger over the last few years is an instructive case study of how a food category can be redefined, with the amount of money people willing to spend being …

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Sitting in a puddle

Popsicle startups deal with the tricky business of transporting products across the country that become unsellable if they don’t stay cold. Selling frozen products is assumed to be breeze by anyone in the tightrope-walking perishable fresh foods business; just compare selling bananas or fresh salmon, which barely last a week, with frozen peas or ice cream that can sit in …

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How startups are surviving the pain in Athens

It may sound innocuous and mundane: capital controls. Yet these two words have had a profound impact on Greece’s small businesses. The measures imposed by the country’s government this summer stop Greeks transferring money overseas and limit the amount of cash they can withdraw. The small businesses in Romantso say the capital controls have hobbled their ability to trade effectively, …