What the M25 Cat Killer teaches us about the value of human life

Posted on February 20th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 16 comments

Do we understand – morally – the difference between right and wrong?

For the past three years, police have been on the hunt for a man allegedly responsible for the death and mutilation of hundreds of cats in Croydon and surrounding areas. The story resurfaced in December 2017, with cat killings in Northampton also being linked to the same perpetrator.

The outcry against … Read More »



How Croydon businesses can get LinkedIn in 2018

Posted on February 12th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

It’s no longer a ‘nice to have’

The last time I wrote about LinkedIn it centred on the topic of death – today I want to talk about LinkedIn from a less morbid perspective: how Croydon’s professionals, entrepreneurs and freelancers can use it to find leads, nurture prospects and win more deals.

What is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional social network – home … Read More »



Why do Croydonians still commute to work?

Posted on February 6th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 9 comments

Cast off the chains of commuting and work from London’s most exciting borough

Every year, 22 million people enter and exit the East Croydon station (that’s over 70,000 daily) and this number is set to grow as more and more people make the welcome decision to move to London’s most exciting borough. As the trend continues, perhaps it’s time for Croydonians to consider alternatives: namely, work … Read More »



New year’s resolutions for Croydon in 2018

Posted on January 29th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 2 comments

More events, remembering to vote, cleaning up: one contributor’s proposals for a brighter 2018

I’m not a huge fan of new year’s resolutions

They look good, they sound good and they mean good, but very quickly they become onerous, guilt-inducing reminders that we are not as virtuous and capable as we like to think we are. To that end, they are fantastic, but if long-lasting behaviour … Read More »



Let’s have even more solutions journalism in Croydon

Posted on January 12th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 9 comments

The borough needs more journalism that brings change rather than just reporting it

Croydonians don’t value news journalism

Everyday, so much happens here in the largest town in Europe. And it’s tempting to believe that there is value in journalists covering it in the news. But as I’ve explained time and time again: nobody really cares about local news. Readers will tweet their favourite journalist a message of … Read More »



Five Croydonians making money online – and how they do it

Posted on January 9th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

Coders don’t get to have all the fun – many of our techy borough’s residents have reaped lucrative rewards by starting innovative online businesses

The birth of the internet has revolutionised how people buy and sell. More importantly, it has introduced new revenue models, created virtual marketplaces, and enabled individuals to have the same scale, reach and supply chains as major brands.

Dropshipping, affiliate marketing, Kindle … Read More »



EVENT: #Croydon #TechCity, Thursday 30th November 7pm @BizXchangeHub

Posted on November 27th, by Jonny Rose in Croydon: Tech City. No Comments

A new workspace hosts CTC’s next event this Thursday

November’s Croydon Tech City comes to you from the heart of The Business Xchange Hub, a new four storey workspace that has opened in Marco Polo House with its own sauna, gym and bar.

To have a guided tour of the new space and learn from three local tech entrepreneurs on Thursday 30th November at 7pm, please sign … Read More »



Have you thought about leaving Croydon?

Posted on October 2nd, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 5 comments

With the option to ‘cash out’ growing more and more tempting, do we need a little more fidelity to our borough?

“Have you thought about leaving Croydon?” 

It’s a line of inquiry that’s anathema to me – but for a few Croydonians it’s something that is becoming more than just an idle thought experiment.

The reason for this?

Not the rising tide of litter, … Read More »



Help us learn more about the growing #Croydon #TechCity community

Posted on September 5th, by Jonny Rose in Croydon: Tech City, Topical. No Comments

The #Croydon #TechCity founder makes you an offer you can’t refuse

Croydon Tech City is growing

You don’t need me to tell you that Croydon Tech City is growing.

Even whilst the team is on its customary summer recess, the effects of our (and the community’s) work continues to be felt across a borough whose newfound tech credentials have recently led to a 38% surge … Read More »



This Saturday, Croydon Literary Festival takes place at David Lean Cinema – will you be there?

Posted on September 4th, by Jonny Rose in Culture, Topical. No Comments

The man who proposed Croydon’s first literary festival humbly requests your presence…

Croydon’s first Literary Festival is happening on Saturday

Back in January, I wrote about why the time was right for Croydon to have a dedicated literary festival  – and thanks to the hard work of Cassie Whittell, Clair Woodward and a host of other local volunteers, it has happened.

This Saturday, when you enter the … Read More »