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Around Dulwich – February news!

I made it through the wilderness, somehow I made it through (oooh-oooh)… and it’s FEBRUARY! Like many of us, I tend to hibernate in January. It’s cold, it’s dark and I’ve spent most of my money on mince pies, fizzy wine and sequin skirts that will lurk at the back of my wardrobe until December rolls around again. By February, I usually feel sufficiently detoxed/exercised/rested enough from Christmas for my normal activities to return (hello, wine). Although, January wasn’t all gloom and doom! I saw a couple of great films at the East Dulwich Picturehouse – Mary Poppins Returns with my 9-year old and The Favourite, which was brilliant but most definitely not for children! I also discovered that my favourite cheese and wine bar – Grounds and Grapes in Honor Oak – is also open during the day for coffee and brunch! Powered by an unexpected blast of New Year motivation, I joined the gym. Again. My challenge this year is to continue the healthier habits I started last month into February and beyond! There’s a …

Fight Controlled Parking Zones in East Dulwich

A Retailer’s View – Michael Donovan I love our High Street! As a local resident of over thirty years and an independent retailer I have watched the slow recovery of Lordship Lane and Northcross Rd that has taken us from the sad, desolate, boarded up stores of ‘Hardship Lane’ in the early noughties, to the vibrant, diverse collection of bars, restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques that have made us the envy of other communities around the country. This transformation was lead by local people who took a huge risk at the beginning and opened independent businesses in the hope that we could build something to be proud of and negate the need to travel into Central London for dinner, a decent cup of coffee or something beautiful for the home! Although it has taken over fifteen years, we have succeeded and now enjoy such quality and choice in East Dulwich that these days I rarely travel into W1 unless I am going to the theatre! But now our beloved High Street is under threat. Across the UK, fourteen stores are closing every day as …

LinkedIn: five tips to start improving your profile

Is LinkedIn yet another thing on your “must do more of” list? As 2019 begins, what better time to get this underway. In the first monthly article about digital skills, here are five ideas to help you create a LinkedIn profile you’re proud of. That, in turn, may encourage you to start engaging more on LinkedIn. Hardly revolutionary, but why not work on improving your profile little by little… Dive in, give it a go! 1. Headshot: A high-resolution photo taken by a professional… why wouldn’t you? How to find a local photographer: you may want to ask on LinkedIn for a recommendation…Chances are you’ll already want to engage more on LinkedIn once that professional photo takes pride of place. 2. Headline field beneath your name: It’s the ideal place to summarise how you help your clients and solve problems; or your style of working with colleagues.Take a look at a few of your connections’ LinkedIn profiles to see how they put those 100+ characters to best use. 3. Edit public profile and LinkedIn URL: You may have a …

Dulwich Entrepreneur Receives #Wow Award from Jacqueline Gold CBE

On Wednesday 5th December, Einav Avni from Dulwich, was recognised by British businesswoman, Jacqueline Gold CBE, for her success as a female entrepreneur and awarded with a prestigious #WOW badge. Einav was one of three winners selected by Jacqueline after she entered ‘Women on Wednesday’ – a competition launched by Jacqueline in 2011 to celebrate the growing number of UK female entrepreneurs and businesswomen. Women on Wednesday (#WOW) takes place every week and is run through Jacqueline’s Twitter page. When selecting the winners, Jacqueline looks for businesses that are interesting, that have strong brand values and that she thinks have potential to grow and succeed in their industry. She looks for quality products and services, well designed websites and entrepreneurs who demonstrate good business acumen and who have spotted a gap in the market that meets the consumer’s needs. Einav says: “when you’re feeling stuck, lost, unable to make decisions or generally in a never ending loop of dread, this is a good indication you are not operating from your core values. It’s like you’ve …

Around Dulwich – 2018 End of Year Review

This end-of-year review must start with Dame Tessa Jowell, our long-time Dulwich MP, who passed away in May after a year-long battle with brain cancer. The former culture secretary, who played such a pivotal role in bringing the 2012 Olympic Games to London, never gave up being Tessa, earning a tearful standing ovation in the House of Lords in January with an emotional plea for more cancer treatments to be made available through the NHS. “In the end, what gives a life meaning is not only how it is lived, but how it draws to a close,” she told peers. She was a credit to our community. How Parliament, at this time of acute division and mistrust, misses Tessa’s ability to reach out. Hers would be a voice of calm and authority. Like the rest of the country, we remembered the fallen of World War I on the 100thanniversary of the end of World War I. The memorials around the borough tell countless tales of futures curtailed. It was great to hear that the Calvary …