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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 ...

2019-10-26 02:23 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 ...

2019-10-26 02:23 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 ...

2019-10-26 02:23 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 ...

2019-10-26 02:23 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 ...

2019-10-26 02:23 open_in_new
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 ...

2019-10-26 02:23 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 ...

2019-10-26 02:23 open_in_new
Events startup Sofar Sounds is bringing back the magic of live music to London and across the globe

Credit: Matt Grayson

At nightfall one Sunday evening, I found myself following Google Maps to a secret location in Hackney, armed with a basket laden with blankets, snacks and drinks.

I arrived at my first Sofar Sounds gig, in the basement of a kebab shop, with five minutes to ...

2019-10-19 02:23 open_in_new
How 1Love Community is filling an abandoned row of shops on Pepper Street, Isle of Dogs, with community projects to benefit residents and Canary Wharfers

Less than a 20-minute walk from Canary Wharf lies Pepper Street.

It is lined with empty, brick shop fronts.

All is quiet on an average weekday morning, except for the buzz of what’s to come over the next few weeks and months.

A social initiative called 1Love Community has set ...

2019-10-19 02:23 open_in_new
Renowned chef Stevie Parle brings handmade pasta to the Giant Robot food court in Canary Wharf, with Pastaio

Credit Matt Grayson

On a Thursday lunchtime, Giant Robot Canary Wharf is abuzz with office workers on the hunt for a quick, rooftop lunch.

The latest stall to join the party, which launched in late November, is Pastaio.

Chef Stevie Parle is no stranger to street food, having ...

2019-10-19 02:23 open_in_new
Wharf Kitchen welcomes Canary Wharf’s first all-vegan eatery

Credit: Matt Grayson

Until November 29, Canary Wharf had a vegan-shaped hole in its food and drink offerings.

But now its first all-vegan restaurant is bringing veggie burgers and fries to Wharf Kitchen, Canary Wharf’s newest food court in Jubilee Place.

“It’s been ...

2019-10-19 02:23 open_in_new