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 »



Use it or lose it, Croydon

Posted on June 19th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. 27 comments

Amazing things are happening in our town, but they won’t stick around forever if attendance is low

“Use it or you will lose it”

This was the phrase that struck me as I read Liz Sheppard-Jones’ celebratory review of the London Mozart Players’ recent performance at Croydon’s only rooftop bar and cinema, Lost Format Society.

Croydon has never had anything like this before – a live open-air … Read More »



Wednesday 14th June: An all-day extravaganza for you to discover Croydon Tech City #LTW

Posted on June 7th, by Jonny Rose in Croydon: Tech City. No Comments

From guided tours to rooftop afterparties, there’s no excuse for you not to come and find out more about “the Silicon Valley of South London” during London Tech Week

In 2017, Croydon stands as London’s fastest growing tech cluster of startup and scale-up businesses – and one of the most thrilling places to be if you are an entrepreneur, technologist or venture capitalist.

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Event: #Croydon #TechCity – Thursday 25th May at 7pm @SI_Croydon

Posted on May 22nd, by Jonny Rose in Croydon: Tech City. No Comments

The ‘silicon valley of south London’ returns with all-star tech leaders and innovators in tow

It’s that time of the month again when Croydon’s tech scene comes out to play at and learns from local tech entrepreneurs!

To attend this Thursday’s Croydon Tech City event at Sussex Innovation Centre Croydon (opposite East Croydon Station), please register to attend here.

Dave Foyle, founder of Hozah
The man … Read More »