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A pantomime that ditches the cliches in a transpositive, all-gender-inclusive, queer mash-up

Writer and director of A Pair Of Pantos Hester Chillingworth

By Rachel Bishop

For millions of families the pantomime is a beloved part of the run-up to Christmas.

But the traditional festive show can certainly be accused of lacking sensitivity to modern gender issues.

One ...

2019-05-25 00:17 open_in_new
How East London Science School aims to create the scientists, engineers and medics of the future

Credit Matt Grayson

David Perks is a maverick.

The principal of the East London Science School founded it to deliver a rigorous education to its students whatever their background or ability, designed to equip them for life at the top echelons of society, be that in the towers of ...

2019-05-25 00:17 open_in_new
How Caramel Rock is helping youngsters gain fashion qualifications

Centre manager Sony Manku Credit: Matt Grayson

By Rachel Bishop

In one of the many new developments popping up in Gallions Reach is a charity that is making a massive difference to youngsters with challenging backgrounds who may otherwise have “fallen through the ...

2019-05-25 00:17 open_in_new
The Hackney entrepreneurs behind Afrocenchix have a two-word business plan for their all-natural haircare brand: ‘world domination’

Joycelyn Mate started experimenting with making hair products in her Birmingham university halls.

“The first hair oil I made had olive oil, glycerin and lavender oil in it,” she said.

“It wasn’t a very good mix. I didn’t know how to make it, I just researched online and ...

2019-05-25 00:17 open_in_new
How Five Points Brewery became one of east London’s leading craft beer producers in just five years

The first beer brewing experiment by Five Points Brewery co-founder Greg Hobbs didn’t quite go to plan.

“I was 15 years old,” he said, over a pint of the brewery’s new Jupa ale, at their Pembury Tavern taproom in Hackney Downs.

“My friend and I boiled up a tin of stuff and ...

2019-05-25 00:17 open_in_new
Digital Shadows eyes growth in 2019 as cybersecurity booms

Credit: Matt Grayson

Looking for a career change? Cybersecurity is a sector booming with opportunities.

So said Digital Shadows co-founder James Chappell when I caught up with the company at its Canary Wharf base recently.

“Our biggest challenge will always be finding skilled ...

2019-05-25 00:17 open_in_new
Tech startup moves to a new location as part of business expansions

There’s a sharp clarity to Christo Georgiev. But beneath the exacting buzzcut, lies a man who’s as affable and enthusiastic as he is focussed with a relentless energy on bringing card services to small merchants and sole traders.

The fintech startup he founded – myPOS – which is ...

2019-05-25 00:17 open_in_new