Eddie Izzard is a star throughout the English-speaking world. Amazingly, he is setting out to prove he can conquer audiences in non-English speaking countries too. This isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds. Izzard and fellow performers like Dylan Moran have proved they can sell out venues in countries like Russia, Estonia and Sweden. The promoter who makes it all happen is Mick Perrin, an ex-punk rocker who started his business with a helping hand form another comedian, Harry Enfield, who is also his brother-in-law. Mick tells us how the Internet has turned British and Irish comedians into international superstars – and how he is now taking them on the road to Kathmandu.
London’s High Streets are no different from elsewhere in the UK. They’re suffering. But Nick Barron has discovered that if you stop thinking about reviving retail for a minute and start thinking about what people want from their high streets, then there is a remarkable future to be had.
The Olympics are nearly on us -ye Gods! – but what does that mean for London’s businesses? Mayhem or making hay?
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