As the roadmap out of lockdown continues, our thoughts turn to our lovely waterfront HQ at Expressway and all the friendly faces and amazing businesses there. It’s not been easy for any of us – or for independent businesses anywhere. With happier, more hopeful times ahead, we thought we’d dedicate this week’s blog to our neighbouring businesses who have weathered this storm with us. So, in no particular order…
First up, a shout out to the people who run Expressway London where our little hub of creativity is located. Not only have they consistently improved our surroundings until it’s become the beautiful, contemporary waterside space it is today, they’ve also continuously made it safer and easier to follow guidelines. But on top of that, they’ve kept our spirits up in tough times with little tips on local takeaway/delivery services, online yoga – you name it. They are also investing in the local community with youth mentoring and incubator programmes. And if all that isn’t enough, they support all the fab independent businesses that work here with mentions on their Instagram @expressway.london and Twitter @expresswayldn
Good Vibes London / Perky Blenders
Next stop is the place we always stop – our beloved Good Vibes London / Perky Blenders collaborative takeaway. Times have been particularly tough for any food/drink businesses – but particularly independent ones. And yet they stay true to their name – always ready with a smile and good vibes – and amazing locally produced food. We just love the stories about their latest products which you can buy for all your friends and family online so you can not only support them – but support the other local businesses they work with. Check out their absolutely delicious insta feed at @wegotgoodvibes or @perkyblenders and shop with them at www.wegotgoodvibes.com
Who doesn’t love awesome shoes? But life is short and sadly there is only so much time for shoe shopping. Awesome shoes just bring you the highlights so you get to enjoy the highs of finding the perfect pair quicker! A collective of designers, developers, shoppers, curators and shoe-lovers handpicking from all the best brands so you and your family can find the shoes that make life more fun. Check them out at www.awesomeshoes.com or on Twitter @awesomeshoescom and Instagram @awesomeshoes
As you thank the people who drive you to work safely post-lockdown, don’t forget a nod of appreciation to these guys. With almost 40 years’ industry experience, Tec Training was established to provide superior safety training and assessment to Railway and Construction workers across the UK. And they’ve achieved it as their awards show! Check them out at www.tectraining.co.uk or find them on Insta @tectraining
With all of us working, shopping and even socializing online, where would we be without dedicated IT company Alternatum? They’ve provided a plethora of IT services to organisations of all sizes since 2010 – which is also the year we were established so a great vintage. Not only have they made their name in the UK, they’ve now launched in Germany too. One to watch! www.alternum.com
ADKN stands for Animal free designs and kindess to nature. We’re honoured to share our building with the UK’s only 100% animal-free eco-friendly ethical and sustainable fashion brand! From working conditions to fabrics to pricing – every single decision is made on their forward-thinking values. And they are at the forefront of some incredible global projects to make the world better. Not only that – their clothes look AMAZING. See for yourself: Instagram @adknuk www.adkn.co.uk @adknuk Twitter
Want to be famous? Step3 is a video production company based right here in our building whose videos have amassed over 60 million views! From music videos to creating FACT Magazine’s video channel, these are an outstanding bunch of people to work with. Check them out at www.stepthree.co.uk on Instagram @hellostep3 or on Twitter @step3films
The Institute of Imagination
We consider ourselves very lucky to be surrounded by so many creative people to bounce ideas off of here at Expressway – oh, and did we mention it is also the HQ to the Institute of Imagination?! This team of educators, innovators, mad scientists and magic-makers are helping spark imaginations everywhere through events and activities, training, partnerships and research. Intrigued? Visit www.ioi.london or follow them @Instituteofimagination on Instagram or on Twitter @ImaginationLdn
We’ve saved one of our most fun neighbours for last. Husk Brewing brew amazing beer right here at Expressway and, when restrictions permit, serve it along with absolutely shameless burgers, loaded fries and other things we hate ourselves for lovin’ (they also do amazing home-made lemonade). You can click and collect or order deliveries – like their delicious Blackberry lockdown sour – from their online shop here. Follow them on Instagram @huskbrewing or on Twitter @HuskBrewing and let the good times roll again.
Expressway Exclusive breaking news! Circle Car Hire
And last but not least, introducing one of the newest members of the Expressway family – Circle Car Hire London. We’ve heard that they are offering some very exotic cars to Londoners and we can’t wait to hear more…
We’ve covered as many businesses as we could think of here but as our heads are full of design, print and web campaigns we’re pretty sure we’ve missed a few! In which case – tag them and let us know and we’ll give them a shout out too!
It goes without saying that we’re here to support all our fellow independent businesses here at Expressway – but wherever you are based if you need us for design, print or web just call us on 0208 590 0922 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We’re here for you throughout lockdown and beyond …