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Meet the neighbours

Meet the neighbours

The spotlight falls on more of the TOG talent pool – from PR agencies to singing coaches – who are helping make ours the most exciting working community in the UK. Maybe someone here could help transform your business...?

Photography Tori Ferenc

Meet the neighbours

Robin Swithinbank (left), editor-in-chief at
The Jackal, with Aleks Cvetkovic, deputy editor,
Henry Wood House

Tell us about your company in a sentence. FDR London is a creative agency that runs a content studio and owns men’s lifestyle brand The Jackal.

When did you start and why? The company was founded in 2016 and we launched The Jackal in March 2017. We saw a gap for a media brand producing free content for smart-dressing, smart-thinking, smart-living UK men.

What do you love about your job? Seeing a vision grow that, like so many others, began with a conversation in a pub late one night after work, has been hugely rewarding.

What’s the best thing about your building? The first time we walked into Henry Wood House we felt at home. It’s buzzy, energetic and full of people trying to do what we’re doing: build something great. No matter who we bring here, they love it.

What are you working on now? The headlines are a global 2018 project for our biggest content studio luxury client that will be published in March, our first round of investment (investors – hi!), and our web and social channels, which need feeding several times a day. Most excitingly, we’re also starting work on e-commerce for The Jackal.

What are your biggest challenges? Time and money – which we’re convinced makes us unique in the history of business. Aside from that, building a digital audience: getting cut-through without lining Google’s and Facebook’s pockets is tough. But we’re winning.thejackalmagazine.com

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Matthew Moorut, CMO
at Tech Trust,
East Side

Tell us about your company in a sentence. We’re a charity that helps other charities achieve more using the latest and best tech.

When did you start and why? I joined four years ago, but the charity has been going since 2001.

What do you love about your job? Our work doesn't just help one cause, but thousands.

What are you working on now? We’re establishing a few programmes to launch in the New Year, including a 101 guide to give charities a better understanding of the tech that’s available to them.

What are your biggest challenges? Staying relevant in a swiftly evolving world. We bridge the gap between the charity sector and tech companies, so we always need to stay up-to-date with the latest tech developments, while at the same time providing real value to charities. tech-trust.org

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Emma Baines, programme director at Find Your Voice,
2 Angel Square

Tell us about your company in a sentence. We create and animate singing programmes that get vulnerable people within communities seen, heard and achieving.

When did you start and why? In 2012 I was made redundant and found myself without a job, sitting at home and wondering what on earth to do. The only thing that got me through was singing. So as a singing teacher, I decided I would give people who have nothing the space and opportunity to sing. From there we created Find Your Voice and are now a team of eight creatives funded across the UK to deliver adult health and wellbeing programmes in some of Britain’s most deprived communities.

What are you working on now? The rapid scaling of one of our programmes, Momentum, a singing and movement course for adults in social care settings. It’s always a mad rush to recruit, fund and communicate. But it’s a really exciting time too.

What are your biggest challenges? As the founder, when it’s your baby, building a team and working out which tasks to hand over can be tough. Measuring, tracking and communicating impact is always our biggest struggle. We know our programmes work, we know singing improves health and wellbeing and we know good health and wellbeing is essential to a productive life. But it’s a perpetual work in progress trying to prove it. findyourvoice.org.uk

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Caroline Nelson and Jessie Harmer, artist managers, Fidelio Arts,
2 Stephen Street

Tell us about your company in a sentence Fidelio Arts is a global artist management company representing classical musicians. We currently have three orchestral conductors and one concert pianist on our books.

What do you love about your job? The unique experiences that working with such amazing high-profile musicians provide.

What are you working on now? Running the day-to-day needs of our artists as well as planning ahead for future concerts.

What’s the soundtrack to your working life? Often BBC 6Music and the Spotify 80s Gold playlist, plus recordings of whatever our artists have performed recently.

What are your biggest challenges? Right at this moment? Finding a piano in a language we don’t speak! fidelioarts.com

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Lara Gould, publicity director at Goldbug,
Henry Wood House

Tell us about your company in a sentence. We’re a brand and PR agency.

When did you start and why? We started in 2014. Our founders are a mix of former senior national newspaper journalists and brand directors from big corporates.

What do you love about your job? We’re fairly unique in having so much in-house experience to offer to clients and putting that expertise to the test every day is something we still love three years on. Other than that, we genuinely like each other and love working together.

What’s the best thing about your building? We love the travelling tea trolley – especially as it was our idea.

What are you working on now? We work with small businesses and big corporates and everything in between. Right now we have energy, gaming, pharma, online safety and a big DIY retailer keeping us extremely busy.

What’s the soundtrack to your working life? This question caused the biggest division in our team. We usually settle all of our musical differences via BBC 6Music on the office radio, which keeps everyone happy all day. We have two drummers, a lead guitarist, a bass player and a number of wannabe lead singers in our team. If Goldbug were to end tomorrow we’d just re-brand as Fleetwood Mac. We’d be on tour in less than a week.

What are your biggest challenges? Hiring. Always hiring. Nothing but hiring. goldbug.agency

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Greg Howell, client services director at
Flag in the Sand,
Lloyd’s Avenue

Tell us about your company in a sentence. Flag in the Sand is a lifestyle management and luxury travel concierge that provides its customers with access to rare and unique experiences.

When did you start and why? As a business we’ve been around for over a decade.

What do you love about your job? The variety of the businesses we work with. The level and complexity of the negotiation with providers and businesses and of course the never-ending tirade of weird and wonderful requests from our clientele.

What’s the best thing about your building? The roof terrace is great, weather permitting, and the staff, who are both fun and professional.

What are you working on now A number of things around the Monte Carlo GP 2018 where we host a track-side boat party each year.

What’s the soundtrack to your working life? The recruitment firm below us provide the soundtrack.

What are your biggest challenges? Toppling the likes of Quintessentially and 10 Group from the top of our industry. They have size on their side, but with our newly funded war chest and underdog mentality, allied to our enviable track record of making the impossible happen, as well as our unwavering commitment to client satisfaction, we will continue to disrupt the market and gain market share. flaginthesand.com flaginthesand.com

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Kimberley Lotery,
founder of One Mind Coaching,
multiple TOG buildings

Tell us about your company in a sentence. One Mind Coaching offers leadership, executive and personal development coaching to companies and individuals.

When did you start and why? I began training back in 2008 while working in senior management at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. It was then a gradual move to “going it alone” in 2014.

What do you love about your job? Helping empower someone to be their best self is deeply rewarding, and learning about people and the mind is fascinating.

What are you working on now? My current labour of love is getting a programme off the ground that matches coaches to charities to offer training for those who couldn’t otherwise afford or access it. Win-win. onemindcoaching.co.uk

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Rosh Mahtani,
founder of Alighieri,
The Stanley Building

Tell us about your company in a sentence Alighieri is a jewellery brand based on Dante’s Divine Comedy.

When did you start and why? I started in 2014, when I graduated from university. I studied French and Italian and I was really obsessed with Dante. I started making jewellery as a way to be creative. I also loved writing and photography, so I thought, if I translate Dante’s poems into jewellery, then that will allow me to write about it and also pursue photography. So it all happened quite organically. It was a job that allowed me to do all the things that I love doing.

What do you love about the job? It’s been amazing to connect with the customers over the different products.

What’s the best thing about your building? I enjoy the fact that it’s a building within a building. It’s basically an old listed structure with a glass façade wrapped around it. It’s also just a great place to work.

What are you working on now? We’ve got a few wholesale orders going out this week to Matchesfashion.com and Net-a-Porter. So we’re spending quite a lot of time packing boxes.

Are you looking to collaborate? We’re currently collaborating with Joseph Fashion, which I'm very excited about. We did jewellery for their last runway show, and that’s launching online very soon.

What’s the soundtrack to your working life? Fleetwood Mac.

What are your biggest challenges? Sleep deprivation. And scaling with a very small team. alighieri.co.uk