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A View from the Top: Joanna Dai, the ex-banker determined to make professional womenswear comfortable

As a banker, she could cope with the gruelling hours and tedious tasks. The waistband of her trousers after 20 hours of travelling though? That was another issue
It’s often said that if you want to launch a successful business, there’s nothing more important than knowing your audience.
Joanna Dai arguably couldn’t have known her audience any better when she launched a high-end fashion brand for professional women back in October 2016. That’s because she was her audience.
The California native’s resume makes for impressive reading. A graduate of New York’s Ivy League Cornell University, she joined now-defunct investment bank Bear Stearns as a summer analyst just before the financial crisis. That led to a full-time job at Wall Street giant JP Morgan in the summer of 2008 and her CV over the following years is peppered with imposing-looking jargon.
Credit default valuations were the focus of her first role at the banking powerhouse, before she moved into interest rate risk management…

'We don't want to work in a warehouse': how a recording studio started by an Essex grime artist is opening doors

Young people are turning to their own business ideas to help them out of a trap of poor quality or precarious jobs
It’s Friday night on an industrial estate in Grays, a small town on the Thames estuary in Essex, and all the units have closed their shutters for the weekend except one.
Uncxt Studios has been open day and night since May 2017. It is the dream of Connor Hammond, aka SmallzDeep, a 25-year-old grime artist who was born in Essex but left school and home when he was 16.
Hammond ended up in the south-west, where he lived on the streets and had multiple run-ins with the police over weapons and drugs offences. After a spell in prison just after he turned 18, he realised he needed to turn his life round: “That’s when all of my efforts went into being a recording artist.”
He began to make a name for himself as SmallzDeep, getting played on Radio 1 and mixing with some of the big names in grime. When he eventually came back to Grays, he found that opportunities for young peopl..

Brexit: UK business should not be complacent ahead of leaving the EU

There is a lot more work to do before Brexit takes place, despite the new agreement on a transition period
“A week is a long time in politics”. So said Harold Wilson. But for most of us, the last year feels like a lifetime, from the triggering of Article 50 last March to a transition agreed last week.
While the past 12 months have been difficult for businesses, slowly but surely there are signs that the voice of prosperity – and the crucial evidence put forward by the business community – is being heard.
Read more We went on a tour of Brexit Britain and this is what we found Last week’s agreement of transition until December 2020 was a genuinely historic handshake with real and immediate consequences. A quarter of our members who are planning for Brexit told us they would trigger contingency plans by the end of March if no transition was agreed. Some will now press pause on these plans, others will slow them, while EU firms with supply chains into the UK will be relieved with the..