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Cultivater: Alistair Skitt (Hatch)

Founder and manager of multi-use space Hatch, Alistair Skitt transformed a dilapidated print factory into a co-working space. Although only open since May, Hatch is becoming somewhat of a hub for the more craft-based maker style small businesses that make up a large proportion of the new entrepreneur ...

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Forge and Co: Making work more popular

The multi-use co-working space Forge and Co opened in Shoreditch in May last year with the view to add a fun social element to co-working and creating a home from home for Shoreditch's growing laptop enterprises. With the feel and decor of a members' club ...

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Cultivater: Leo Lawson O’Neil from Eat Work Art

"To have the seeds of genius come from within the community, that builds community, to kind of plaster it all in in like some kind of patchwork of ready made objects in more like Frankenstein." Leo Lawson O'Neil Leo Lawson O'Neil got the building transformation bug 5 years ago when he ...

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(S)potted: Hatch

This newish space is tucked away behind Homerton station, but once you know it's there you really can't miss it. Alistair Skitt took up the challenge to turn an old factory into Hatch, a space for creativity and indie enterprise with the aim to encourage small businesses ...

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The Food Assembly: Shopping local

An initiative started in France 3 years ago, The Food Assembly has fast been spreading across Europe at the speed of organic rocket, with London's first branch growing out of Hackney Wick in July. Now with 7 assemblies in East London alone it seems that ...

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Cultivater: Barney Thomas (Wiley Badger)

Barney Thomas and Sarah Drumm launched this summer and are currently preparing the second edition of the quarterly free magazine, Wily Badger. With a hyper-local focus around Clapton in Hackney, the print edition and blog they've been building aims to celebrate the businesses and people that ...

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(S)potted: Seeds & Sounds at Dig this Art Garden Centre

Just (S)potted today, a plant nursery-health food shop-second hand record store Dig this Art. What a combination! A family run business started in 2008, Dig this Nursery has been spreading its seeds across around South London with their first garden centre in ...

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(S)potted: A garden on wheels at Alexandra Palace

Multi-disciplinary architects and purveyors of open source temporary city building, The Decorators, have just completed their latest venture - an Italian garden on wheels on the terrace in front of Alexandra Palace. When the sun does come out, each structure can been ...

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Cultivater: Matt Broughton (Creative Blocks / Curio Cabal)

Creative co-working space Creative Blocks and it's annex cafe Curio Cabal in Haggerston have been lovingly nurtured into a creative hub and ever evolving 'den' by Matt Broughton and Jeremy Duffy over the past 18 months. Matt Broughton takes us on his ...

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The Building Exploratory

It all began with an exhibition in Orsman road in Hackney that ran from 1997 to 2012,  leading the charity organisation The Building Exploratory to specialise in inspiring people to engage with their local surroundings. This is done both by discovering the past through heritage initiatives, ...

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