Grow your business with infographics

March 29, 2017 6:30 - 8:30pm, The Dock, Tobacco Quay, E1W 2SF London


Data visualisation is a powerful tool for anyone who wants to relay information. Whether you're looking for tools to use within your business or externally to clients, an understanding of how to use infographics effectively is crucial.

Learn how to present complex information simply, and how infographics can turn data into beautiful images, with data visualisation experts Adam Frost and Tobias Sturt, content director and creative director of digital agency Graphic, respectively.

You'll learn how best to find data, see some examples of best (and worst) practice, and understand how to create memorable images with maximum impact.


Adam Frost is content director at Graphic, an agency specialising in data visualisation. He was formerly head of data visualisation at the Guardian's Digital Agency. His work has appeared on the Guardian, the New Statesman, Buzzfeed and elsewhere. He has produced infographics and interactives for a range of public and private-sector clients including the Department for Education, HMRC, Google, P&G, Nestle and Unilever. Tobias Sturt was head of Creative at the Guardian's Digital Agency and is now creative director of Graphic. He has been working in digital storytelling for almost two decades, in all kinds of media, from web to TV to games to infographics. He has also worked on more conventional digital development projects, from website design to branding, from mobile app interfaces to print projects.

Pop-up to permanent: How to run a successful food business

April 12, 2017 6:30 - 8:30pm, The Dock, Tobacco Quay, E1W 2SF London


Want to take your food business up a notch? If you already run a food stall, truck, or pop-up, this talk will show you which tools you'll need and steps to take to make it a permanent venture.

Join Thom Elliot, co-founder of Pizza Pilgrims, and Stuart Langley, founder of Disappearing Dining Club, to learn how to turn your hobby into successful business. You'll gain insight on how to market yourself, how to grow your business, and how to sustain your success.


Thom Elliot is the co-founder of Pizza Pilgrims, which started life in 2011 after he and his brother drove a three wheeled Piaggio Ape back from Italy on a 6 week "Pizza Pilgrimage" of discovery. Since then, they have traded at a huge variety of events across the country, and opened five pizzerias in London. Stuart Langley founded Disappearing Dining Club in 2010 after 15 years of running bars, restaurants and members clubs in London and overseas. Alongside dinner dances and pop-up events, Stuart launched Back in 5 Minutes on Brick Lane in summer 2013, and opens Little Quiet, his new East London restaurant, in Spring 2017.


May 2, 2017 6:30 - 8:30pm, The Dock, Tobacco Quay, E1W 2SF London


Whether you've yet to enter the world of podcasting or want to improve your current project, this talk will help you along the way. Learn how to improve your production and presentation techniques, how to get your podcast onto iTunes, how to increase your subscribers and how to monetise your podcast.

Join Olly Mann, co-host of Answer Me This!, Jason Phipps, head of audio at the Guardian, and Caroline Crampton, assistant editor of the New Statesman, for a lively and revealing discussion on the medium.


Olly Mann began podcasting in 2007, as co-host/producer of comedy series Answer Me This!, which has 130,000 regular listeners. He now also hosts The Modern Mann, The Media Podcast, and The Week Unwrapped. As head of audio at the Guardian, Jason Phipps spends his waking hours creating podcasts and audio that capture the insight, wit and wisdom of our journalism. Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman. She writes a weekly podcast column, and co-hosts the weekly pop culture podcast SRSLY.



28 February 2017, 6:30 - 8:30pm, WeWork Spitalfields, 1 Primrose St, EC2A 2EX London


Everyone has a book in them – right? These expert speakers can help you turn your idea into a fully-fledged reality. Join Laura Dockrill, author of the acclaimed Darcy Burdock series, Philippa Pride, British editor of bestselling author Stephen King, and Guardian writer and author Stuart Heritage, as they explore how to unlock your creativity, how to come up with great ideas, and how to increase your chances of getting published. Plus, some practical writing techniques to help you get started (or finish).


Laura Dockrill writes, draws, and talks. Her works include Lorali and the Darcy Burdock series. You can find her on Twitter herePhilippa Pride has been running creative writing courses since 2006. She also works as the British editor for worldwide bestselling author Stephen King. Stuart Heritage writes about film, TV and music for the Guardian, alongside other high-profile publications. His biography Don't be a Dick Pete comes out in May 2017.

Launch your own food business


31 January 2017, 6:30 - 8:30pm, WeWork Spitalfields, 1 Primrose St, London EC2A 2EX



Have you been procrastinating the launch of your food business? Whether you have an idea for a product, want to set up a bricks and mortar shop, or are looking to break into the restaurant industry, these experts have been there and done it. Hear how the founders of Planet Organic, Rita's Bar and Dining and Jimmy's Iced Coffee pitched their businesses, stood out, and became hugely successful. Plus, have the opportunity to speak to the experts and network with like-minded people.



    Renée Elliott is the founder of Planet Organic, now in its 21st year and with 7 branches across London. Restaurateur and cocktail expert Missy Flynn is the co-founder of Rita's Bar and Dining and QuilomberoJim Cregan is the co-founder of Jimmy's Iced Coffee, sold in major supermarkets across the UK.