The craft of signwriting

Nick Garrett, signwriter and teacher. photographed for Business life In his studio in Sydenham 7/2/2016
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Painters pass on the tradition with a flourish

Nick Garrett, signwriter and teacher. photographed for Business life In his studio in Sydenham 7/2/2016
©Anna Gordon

Signwriting craft revives with a flourish

Painters juggle tutorials with work to pass on a niche trade

Lawyer turned Psycho-analyst Will Meyerhofer
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Care from lawyers turned therapists

Ex-legal professionals see anxiety caused by corporate pressures

The managers who hold the line on stress

Timely recognition benefits staff and employers alike

Clare Periton of the Helen & Douglas House Hospice in Oxford
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From heartache to happiness in a day

Cash flow and death are twin challenges in running Oxford centre

Purveyor of an urban pastoral? Julian Sayarer, author of ‘Messengers’
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Cycle couriers are best of the worst jobs

Workers have created a mythology around the industry

Personal brands turn up the volume

Rise of freelancing makes it more important to market yourself

'I think of myself as an explorer who tests assumptions and challenges limits': Daniel Kish

The teachers who make risk child’s play

Insights on how to be bold from three people who coach children

BKADN6 Star Trek : The Final Frontier Year : 1989 Director : William Shatner Leonard Nimoy
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Review: ‘Stretch’

A timely guide to taking stock of your skills and future career

Robot workers: binary in more than one way

Assigning a gender to machines may reinforce workforce stereotypes

Review: Bolshoi Babylon

An intriguing look at the ballet company’s turnround after acid attack

My Dad’s old reports on work apply today

Disruption, jargon and hustling for jobs are not so new

Career advice? Talk to a millennial

Twentysomethings prefer to consult people their own age when they need help with life and work

Delivery drivers: face of online shopping

A logistics sector squeeze and technology are changing the role

The other City workers

London’s Square Mile includes butchers, beadles and bartenders

A pivot back to corporate life

Swapping a start-up for a bigger, more established employer

Slick go-betweens at the Inns of Court

Clerks have survived predictions of their demise by adapting to change

Car parks take urban culture to new stage

Multistories become galleries, bars and restaurants

A radical reawakening for bookshops

Housmans store bolstered by demand for political reading material

Bookmakers bank on algorithms

Data-crunching is replacing gut feeling in the betting industry


Emma Jacobs
Emma Jacobs' new column Working Lives takes a look at thriving and dying jobs amid the economic downturn. She also writes features and interviews across the paper, including for Weekend and UK news, but with a particular focus on Business Life, exploring business culture and entrepreneurship.

Jacobs has been at the Financial Times since 1999, working on UK news, companies, markets and

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