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Mamamade: the babyfood start-up cooking up a storm on Instagram

Lucy Mecklenburgh, Millie Mackintosh and Rochelle Humes are all fans of the organic babyfood business

Jan 17, 2022
Business

London tech start-ups to watch in 2022: Screenloop, AudioMob and more

London’s biggest VCs and investors tell the Standard which of the brightest start-ups they are watching this year

Jan 14, 2022
Business

‘We lost an investor after they found out I was pregnant’

“The investor wanted to add a clause to the contract where he could pull out of the deal and get his money back if Sophie ‘went off the rails as a mother’ — we pulled out”

Jan 12, 2022
Business

Feel the pre-love: How used Hermes handbags became a £15m business

A chance encounter with a Birkin bag helped spark a passion that became a business

Jan 12, 2022
Business

The IPOs to watch out for in 2022: Monzo, BrewDog and more

Burger King UK, Starling Bank, Very Group and Virgin Atlantic are all among the names tipped to join the London Stock Exchange this year

Jan 7, 2022
Business

Inside the battle to turn London into a 10-minute city

“Quick commerce” apps like Getir, Gorillas, Zapp and GoPuff are spending millions of pounds trying to get shoppers hooked on the idea of convenience shopping on their smartphones — can it last?

Dec 29, 2021
Business

From Deliveroo to Nightcap: The best — and worst — IPOs of 2021

This year was a bumper 12 months for stock market listings, with 108 companies joining the London Stock Exchange — more than in 2020 and 2019 combined

Dec 29, 2021
Kids

Best kids’ warm winter coats for boys and girls

Keep your children cosy and dry all winter long

Dec 16, 2021
Business

A new David vs. Goliath battle for SMEs: Getting hold of cardboard

Independent brands have told the Standard they are facing shortages of essential items like cardboard as supply chain issues cause havoc around the world

Dec 14, 2021
Business

Patrick Drahi: The secretive French billionaire stalking BT

Drahi is well known for corporate swashbuckling and is now free to start targeting BT: 10 December marks the expiry of a six month, no-bid clause triggered when Drahi spent £2.2 billion snapping up 12.1% of BT in June

Dec 14, 2021
Business

Maja Simler is pioneering eco-chocolate with London’s Playin Choc

Playin Choc now has 3000 stockists in 30 countries, including Ocado, Daylesford Organic and culture hubs such as the Design Museum. Current treats include a JustChoc bar (£1.69) and an advent calendar.

Dec 13, 2021
Business

How we did it: Accouter’s Stella Gittins on building a business

Accouter Group Stella Gittins reveals her advice for those starting out in the design business - and mistakes she made along the way

Dec 13, 2021
Business

The London pair taking on Peloton with homegrown bike Apex Rides

Simon Cook and Charlie Lucas knew nothing about the fitness market before they launched Peloton competitor Apex Rides last year but the startup has grown rapidly

Dec 6, 2021
Business

How we did it: Apex Ride’s Simon Cook on top tips for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur Simon Cook has helped build a near £3 million-turnover company in just a year — he shares his top tips on what to focus on when starting a business

Dec 6, 2021
Business

Entrepreneurs: The pair with grand designs for residential projects

The founders of the Accouter Group of Companies aim to fulfil their clients’ interior dreams, which have included a bath that fits 10 people and a sound-proof party room, writes Lucy Tobin

Nov 29, 2021
Business

Sustainable aviation fuel: the future of more planet-friendly flying?

Is sustainable aviation fuel the future of more planet-friendly flying - or an oxymoron being pushed by the airline lobby? Lucy Tobin explores...

Nov 26, 2021
Business

Can Black Friday 2021 reach pre-pandemic heights?

Supply chain crises and mixed results from pre-Christmas sales mean some experts think the annual discounting day could be on the way out in the UK: ‘Retailers collectively would be better off ignoring Black Friday completely’

Nov 25, 2021
Business

Camden named startup capital of London

‘[Camden] is a much more diverse, multicultural environment than either of the world’s bigger tech areas, the Bay Area or Beijing. It’s one of the best places in the world to start a business’

Nov 22, 2021
Business

Timeline: Matt Moulding and THG’s tough first year on the stock market

THG’s CEO, chairman and founder Matt Moulding says going public “has just sucked from start to finish.” Here’s how it all went wrong for the one-time stock market darling.

Nov 18, 2021