Why don’t entrepreneurs want to list on AIM?

This article originally appeared on LondonLovesBusiness.com on 18/09/2012   Companies are fleeing in their droves and established entrepreneurs say they wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole. What’s going on at AIM? What’s gone wrong with AIM? You may have noticed a steady stream of firms delisting. In fact, there are nearly two exits for every…

The new drugs replacing cocaine among London’s drug-abusing professionals

This article originally appeared on LondonLovesBusiness.com on 21/02/2012   Once upon a time cocaine laced every other cubicle in London. Is that still the case? Lara* had been at the fundraiser for almost three quarters of an hour when she got the text. On either side of her sat the A-listers she’d somehow managed to shoehorn…

Backstage at London’s lap-dancing clubs

This article originally appeared on LondonLovesBusiness.com on 07/07/2012   Crazy legal wrangles, enraged councillors and tight-fisted punters are hurting London’s finest bordellos. Rebecca Hobson reveals the troubled times at lap dancing clubs It’s early evening in July. But rather than enjoy a midweek post-work glass of wine somewhere outside, I sit in a darkened room and…

Manufacturing dead? Not for long. We are all 3D printers now

This article originally appeared on LondonLovesBusiness.com on 07/08/2012   3D printing allows you to print 3D objects – and it’s a niche on the verge of exploding commercially. The future is here There’s a scene in Terminator 2 where John Connor watches on terrified as liquid metal peels off the ground back into the T-1000 Terminator….

The untold story of squats: gentrification and regeneration

This article originally appeared on LondonLovesBusiness.com on 27/10/2011 Should squatting be a criminal offence or can it have a positive impact? A semi-demolished, graffiti covered department store sits square and proud off Oxford Street. Derelict and empty until the early 1990s, its 6,000 square metres share a turbulent history. And now Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt…

Britain’s youth unemployment challenge

Originally published on Barclays Corporate Banking: Insight and Research in July 2014 Youth unemployment across the UK is falling: at the end of Q1 122,000 more young people were in employment compared with the previous quarter. And while this data is promising, there remains considerable work to be done – work that many business groups…

Barclays: How Brand Britain can help your business

Originally published on Barclays Corporate Banking: Insight and Research in June 2014 Expenditure from domestic and overseas tourists is forecast to reach over £135bn in the UK by 2017. Is your business ready to take advantage? “The Olympics really showcased the UK, and London in particular,” explains Richard Lowe, Head of Retail and Wholesale, Corporate…

Making the exporting leap

Originally published on Barclays Corporate Banking: Insight and Research on 9 April 2014 Chancellor George Osborne spoke the word “export” 28 times in his Budget speech last month, compared with only eight times in 2013. His resounding message was: “we back businesses who invest and export”, and now he’s putting his money where his mouth is:…

Our top twelve foodie tweeters

This article originally appeared on LondonLovesBusiness.com on 03/05/2012   Love a purple carrot do you? Positively relished the illegal-foie-gras-Selfridges scandal? Answer yes to both and you qualify for foodie status. Here’s your guide to foodies on Twitter, you’ll never miss a trend, restaurant opening or piece of gossip again @eatlikeagirl Follow this blogger (real name…

London’s most affordable Michelin-starred restaurants

This article originally appeared on LondonLovesBusiness.com on 12/02/12 Think you can’t afford Michelin-starred dining this month? Think again – here are the hottest deals in London It’s February and freezing, you’re fat and broke. This, dear readers, is all the more reason NOT to reach for the Hobnobs but reach for the phone instead and…

These are London’s best Brazilian restaurants

This article originally appeared on LondonLovesBusiness.com on 20/06/2014 Just as well you didn’t make it to Brazil for the World Cup. Get a bite of the action anyway with this lot Barraco Café, Kilburn High Road There aren’t many reasons to visit Kilburn High Road (sorry Kilburn High Road) but the Barraco Café, hidden down…

Review: Benares, Berkeley Square

This article originally appeared on LondonLovesBusiness.com on 27/01/12  Going out for an Indian is, let’s face it, usually not that posh… When it comes to pushing the boundaries of taste, in the UK at least, you don’t usually think of Indian food first – and dodgy day-glow chicken kormas don’t count. Michelin-starred Benares has probably…

Harry Handelsman: The man who gave St Pancras back to London

This article originally appeared on LondonLovesBusiness.com on 14/03/2012    The St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel is one year old. Its story is one of blood, sweat and tears, and the dogged determination of a non-Londoner who until this project, renovated lofts Hipsters and Harry Potter fans the world over owe a lot to Harry Handelsman. Both…

The other architect behind the Gherkin

This article originally appeared on LondonLovesBusiness.com on 02/09/2011   He worked quietly alongside Norman Foster for years, but now Robin Partington is defining London’s skyline solo You’ve probably never heard of him, yet his buildings are household names that tower over the London skyline. From the financial district to Elephant and Castle, Robin Partington is repainting…

Why Martha Lane Fox is still the poster girl for the internet generation

This article originally appeared on LondonLovesBusiness.com on 07/08/2012   Founding Lastminute.com and Lucky Voice wasn’t enough for the UK’s digital champion. So she’s on a new mission: get the UK online   Martha Lane Fox is furious. The Oxford-educated, softly spoken star of the dotcom boom, worth millions, is angry. And I’ve made her so. Well,…

Postcode en vogue: Is Brixton property worth investment?

This article originally appeared on LondonLovesBusiness.com on 29/02/2012 BTL yields are some of the highest in London. New planning laws has brought a big demand for property Search Brixton in Google news and you get some interesting results. Mexican guitarists Rodrigo Y Gabriela are playing at the Brixton Academy, local boy Luol Deng is to join…

Dalston: dodgy or desirable property investment?

This article originally appeared on LondonLovesBusiness.com on 29/08/2011  Investors are fast snapping up the new buildings punctuating Dalston’s skyline. But will the East London trendy hotspot retain its value once the fashion for living there fades? Pretty much every East London rag, magazine and blog – as well as The Guardian, Observer and Evening Standard…