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Instagram #shopfrontsofLondon June 2016

Setting up shop as a small business? That’s great. How’s your social media looking?

Like every good meme, the one about the English being shopkeepers lives on because there’s truth in it. Napoleon (or Barère) may have meant it as an insult. But that’s ok, the modern day English/ Brits (in all our diversity) have embraced shopkeeping with open arms. We now own the s-word.

From pubs to tea shops to books, it turns out that running a shop is the number one dream career for UK citizens. Because, let’s face it, who can resist a nice-looking shop? There’s something reassuringly familiar about the carefully arranged shelves, well-chosen products and politely disinterested service.

But what we really want is those elusive freedoms (that have been at the heart of the current heated Brexit debate): independence and autonomy.

Not only do we love the idea of shop-ownership, the UK Government is happy to put shopkeeping firmly at the centre of its economic strategy.
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Helen Brocklebank in conversation with David Aaronovitch

Reaching out from silos – but remaining firmly in our bubble

It’s the most fantastic luxury to be able to spend a day (or two days even) walking around chatting to like-minded people and listening to feisty speakers talk about politics, economics, culture and the state of the world in general.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs places self-actualisation at the top. And it’s true: only when all other basic needs are met, are you able to indulge, retrospectively and introspectively, in thinking about what being “you” might really entail.

So, there’ve been some brilliant speakers so far at Names Not Numbers, taking place in London for the first time this week, delivered under the broad theme of “The True Human”.
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