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Source: Shutterstock/181658831“In the first year or two of our ownership, rents went down from about £8/sq ft to £5.50/sq ft. We thought ‘this is disastrous’. The conventional letting market had gone. You couldn’t even give the space away to offset rents.”Fortunately, Kempe had made a side investment in a music production company in Ealing and, through this, he met Michael Harwood and Nick Keynes, former members of 1990s boy band Ultra.They had set up a production company and were renting out a handful of studios to other users. Kempe hit on the idea that his industrial estate might be used in a similar way.“So I said to them ‘if you can get 10 people to sign up, I will invest money to create some great studios, but you’ve got to get them signed up first’.”The duo quickly delivered 10 names and, before long, the site started to gain a reputation within the music industry.“We suddenly found people coming up to us saying ‘it’s a bit of a dump, but actually it’s quite cool’,” says Kempe. “That’s how it started. It was all word of mouth – we didn’t use agents at all.”CPP starting investing in the site and soon pre-let 10 more studio spaces, then another 20, and it just snowballed from there. Today, there are around 100 studios on the site and Keynes curates the tenant mix using a pretty unique approach to property management.‘Interesting model’“Our model is interesting,” says Kempe. “We don’t have any set-in-the-sand criteria. It’s fundamentally ‘are you going to add to the community, can you pay the rent and do we like you?’. And usually it’s ‘do we like you?’ first, followed by ‘can you add to the community and pay the rent?’”Although Tileyard London has attracted lots of recording artists and studios over the years, the site has a diverse occupier mix, which includes talent management businesses and PR agencies with links to the entertainment industry, and even an e-games business.CPP has also invested in new amenities for the growing army of workers on site, such as the appropriately titled Vinyl Cafe, a wellness centre and the Two Tribes Brewery. Source: Shutterstock/110043122“One of the companies started with one guy; it has now got 65 employees working for it and has turnover in excess of £10m. And there are myriad similar stories.”He adds that Tileyard London also has a significant social impact strategy in place to help the local community.“We have a programme called Tileyard Impact, which is all about helping people who are less well off and letting them see what the music industry can offer,” says Kempe.Islington Council is actively working to support creative employment Councillor Asima Shaikh”And we have Tileyard Education, which we run ourselves offering MA courses, in addition to our own in-house music company called Tileyard Music where we promote new and upcoming artists. Whenever I tell people about this situation, they are incredulous.“Islington Council are not taking a punt on us. We’ve been here for more than 10 years. If we were get-rich-quick, fly-by-night developers we would have done that years ago – we’d have been out of here. And sometimes I wish we had given all the grief we’ve experienced.”Space for creative businessesFor its part, the local council says it is not opposed to the expansion of Tileyard to provide more space for small creative businesses. However, it argues that this is not what was being proposed by CPP for Tileyard. Indeed, it claims CPP was effectively seeking planning permission for a large floorplate office that could be occupied by anyone – a suggestion Kempe vehemently denies.The council’s local plan is expected to be submitted within days and a spokesperson for the council says the Tileyard petition has been treated as a representation to the local plan.Councillor Asima Shaikh, executive member for inclusive economy and jobs at Islington Council, says: “I want to be really clear that our local plan absolutely allows and protects the use of industrial space for creative purposes, and the council is actively working to support and promote employment in the creative sector.Council ‘not opposed’“We are not opposed to the expansion of Tileyard studios or other creative enterprises to provide more space for micro and small creative businesses.“What the local plan does do is prevent the change of use from industrial space to office buildings, or other unsuitable purposes. This is because we think it’s vital to foster an inclusive, robust and varied economy in the borough.“Many types of businesses have an unavoidable need for industrial space, and we have very little left in the borough. It’s vital that we protect the remaining industrial space we have, both for those businesses and for the many other businesses that rely on them.” Abbey Road in London, made famous by the Beatles? Sun Studio in Memphis, which helped launch the careers of Elvis and Johnny Cash? Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama, where artists like Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones recorded?How about Tileyard London? No, didn’t think so. The 200,000 sq ft creative hub, which sits just north of Argent’s King’s Cross office development, boasts a roster of popstars that reads like a who’s who of the UK music scene – think Noel Gallagher, Mark Ronson, The Prodigy and Sigala.Yet, although it is home to nearly 280 companies employing more than 1,000 people, it remains little known outside the music industry.That could be about to change. Owner City & Provincial Properties (CPP) has submitted plans to add a further 75,000 sq ft of space to the scheme, generating another 1,000-plus jobs. Source: Shutterstock/1080510335There is just one problem. The owner is struggling to get planning permission from Islington Council for its ambitious expansion plans. So will the hub’s owner be granted approval to expand, propelling it into the music studio hall of fame – or will its plans fail to chart?CPP warns that if the council’s draft local plan is signed off, it would threaten not just its expansion plans but the long-term future of the whole site.It would mark an ignominious end to a long, but until now far from sorry, saga.CPP acquired the tired-looking 1980s-built industrial estate, which sits between Tileyard Road and Blundell Street, in November 2007. CPP director Paul Kempe, who founded the company in 1984, says that at the time, the estate, which was built by Lord Alan Sugar’s development arm and had B1 consent, was about 80% to 85% empty. The remaining occupiers were last-mile delivery businesses.‘Real quandary’“It had an uninspiring exterior and generally speaking it was pretty dilapidated and under-invested,” recalls Kempe.The deal for the site completed after the collapse of Lehman Brothers. “We were in this real quandary,” says Kempe. “We had completed on it, we were paying a shed load of empty rates, we’d got virtually no occupation and the few people who were here knew we’d got no occupation and they were screwing us on renewals. Source: Shutterstock/483371575“We’ve taken an estate that was dead and turned it into a creative workspace,” says Kempe. “I think the GLA [Greater London Authority] describes us as the most important music creative hub in the UK, which is great.”Not surprisingly, the success of the site has enabled CPP to grow rents from those lowly levels it had to contend with back in the late 2000s and Tileyard London is now completely full – hence the desire to expand the development.And therein lies the problem. In 2015, CPP started to put in motion plans to add around 100,000 sq ft of new space at the site. It managed to acquire some buildings locally and did a land-swap deal with Big Yellow self-storage, with which it drew up a joint planning application.The planning application, which was submitted in July 2018, proposed demolishing the existing buildings and replacing them with a building that at its highest point would be eight storeys. The intention was to offer a mix of light industrial floorspace, a ground-floor café, business-use floorspace, office floorspace and self-storage space.However, the local authority failed to reach a decision on the application within the required timeframe. So early last year, CPP launched an appeal for non-determination. The estate has been designated as an LSIS – locally significant industrial site – by Islington Council and it argued that the area’s industrial space could be lost if permission for the extnesion were granted.Failed appealUltimately, CPP’s appeal was unsuccessful and the inspector ruled in the council’s favour. Things got worse for the site later in the year when Islington Council’s draft local plan, which protects industrial land uses in the borough but also supports other employment-generating uses, stated it would just promote industrial uses on industrial land.Tileyard launched an online petition outlining its opposition to the changes to the local plan that garnered more than 1,500 signatures. But at the moment, the creative hub’s future remains up in the air.Kempe cannot mask his exasperation. “We’ve been investors in Islington for more than 10 years,” he says. “Unfortunately, because my property company owns Tileyard, they [the local authority] still regard me as some kind of capricious property developer.“We’ve brought more than 1,000 jobs where about 30 existed before. We’ve got this amazing ecosystem where everyone is creative. The GDP these guys create is huge. Kempe says that he has taken on board some of the comments made by the inspector around the proposed development’s massing issues and resubmitted a scheme that has 30% less floorspace than originally proposed. He is hopeful he will obtain consent for the revised plans next month.He also hopes that one day he will have the same relationship with Islington Council as he has with Wakefield Council, in West Yorkshire, where he is pushing ahead with the delivery of Tileyard North, next to the Hepworth Wakefield art gallery.Kempe aims to replicate the success of Tileyard London by renovating some old industrial mills and turning them into a creative hub that he says will be “one of the coolest places in the north of England”.Lack of opportunity“There are so many talented people in the north and basically they all leave because of either the lack of opportunity or the perception that they have to be in London to make things work, particularly in the music industry,” says Kempe.“But our view is that’s rubbish. We can give you all the facilities for a fraction of the price up in Wakefield and when you need to come to London you can come to Tileyard London and meet all the majors and producers here. So you have this London base without having to pay for it.”He has been working up plans for Tileyard North for more than three years and work is due to start on site next month. He hopes the first buidling of 20,000 sq ft will be open by the end of the year. That’s just for starters.Kempe is also eyeing up opportunities to create similar ‘satellite’ hubs in a number of othernorthern cities.“We’re looking at a number of different areas,” he says. “What we want to do is grow Tileyard into a global brand with music studios and creative space all over the world. That’s the vision. It’s exciting. And that’s why I’m very keen to grow Tileyard in London.”And one day he hopes to create a network of Tileyards across the world.
Kornrasit Pakchotanon, EGAT governor (Image courtesy of EGAT)The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has reportedly started talks with a number of suppliers of liquefied natural gas as it readies plans to develop an FSRU-based import terminal. Thailand’s government is aiming to liberalize LNG imports in order to spur competition in the sector, according to the energy minister Anantaporn Kanjanarat, Reuters reports.Currently, PTT is the only gas supplier and LNG importer in Thailand. To liberalize the market, the government has introduced third-party access, allowing companies to use PTT’s pipeline network to supply gas to end-users.Kornrasit Pakchotanon, who was appointed EGAT’s governor in June, was reported as saying the company is expecting to receive the approval from the national energy policy committee to build a 5 mtpa FSRU.In June last year, EGAT signed a memorandum of understanding with Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to cooperate in developing the LNG value chain business for electricity generation. LNG World News Staff
A coalition of major international corporations is to lobby the European Parliament and commission in an attempt to secure better protection for trade secrets, the Gazette has learned. In-house counsel from the 10-strong coalition of companies assert that trade secrets do not receive adequate protection in the EU compared with other economies, such as the US and Japan. They have instructed US firm White & Case to spearhead their action. The coalition is seeking legislative amendments to a directive on the enforcement of intellectual property rights, and to a regulation covering customs and counterfeit goods. The coalition claims that the directive, which does not mention trade secrets, is ambiguous about what intellectual property it protects. Approaches will be made to the parliament and commission in the coming months. The member corporations, many with multi-billion pound revenues, span a range of industries including food, telecoms and chemicals. More companies are expected to join the coalition with its lobbying, which is still in its early stages. One of the corporate counsel involved said: ‘Thefts of trade secrets are increasing and some of our trade secrets have been sold to competitors. The EU wants to promote innovation and R&D [research and development], so we’re saying that we need improved protection and awareness that trade secrets are another form of intellectual property.’ The counsel said that ‘confidential know-how’, even when not covered by patent or copyright, is ‘a critical element of the value proposition’ in many industries. ‘In the US and Japan, there is legislation that protects trade secrets and an awareness that trade secrets are just another form of intellectual property that needs protection.’ The counsel said that adequate remedies are needed when stolen trade secrets are exploited. Meanwhile, the European Court of Justice has extended protection for trademarks in the long-running L’Oréal v Bellure case concerning the manufacture and sale of imitations of well-known perfumes. The ECJ decided that a third party seeking to ‘ride on the coat-tails’ of a trademark ‘in order to benefit from the power of attraction’ was in the wrong, even if the trademark owner suffered no direct loss.
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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (30 Dec 2014) –The announcement of a change in diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States is a welcome opportunity to increase tourist arrivals to the Caribbean. With the US already being the region’s largest source market, producing nearly half of our tourism business, this new development could enhance those numbers. Last year we welcomed over 12 million Americans to our shores. An opportunity to substantially increase that number will be welcomed.Cuba is a longstanding and active member of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, having joined the CTO in 1992. The island is actively engaged in our trade and consumer promotions in Canada, Latin America and Europe and we look forward to including Cuba in our programmes in the United States. We now anticipate the island’s broader participation in CTO-organised global and regional events in the future.Naturally, an unusually large inflow of new travelers to the Caribbean will have varying effects on Cuba and the rest of the Region. The CTO will provide the technical resources necessary to manage the growth, reduce any dislocation, and help create sustainable tourism development strategies throughout our member-countries.The CTO proudly promotes an exciting, diverse tourism product offered by its over 30 member countries and Cuba is an integral part of that diversity. The success of every member-country is an important focus of the Organization’s overall vision for the Caribbean. Sharing is caring! 113 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet Share NewsRegional CTO welcomes new Cuba-US relations by: – December 30, 2014
Residents in Stockholm will soon be able to experience record 4G speeds using Telia’s commercial network. Recent tests conducted by Telia and Ericsson pushed 4G networks up to 757 Mbit/s, paving the way for 5G and for advanced applications and services like Virtual and Augmented Reality. This was just 5% below the theoretical limit of 800 Mbps with 50 MHz of bandwidth.The top speeds were increased by simultaneously transferring parallel data streams over the radio access technology and aggregating spectrum resources with, average speeds also being significantly raised.The test was carried out in Stockholm at Bern’s where there is a plenty of media usage over networks. The results will help Telia determine how to develop 4G networks further, as well as prepare for 5G. They will also help eliminate any potential bottlenecks in future traffic. The network is developed in concert with special purpose-built tools.Telia expects to offer customers a taste of 5G in Stockholm and Tallinn by the end of 2018.
Perusahaan shuttle bus Jakarta-Bandung makin menjamur. Ini terlihat setelah Tol Cipularang resmi dibuka untuk umum. Cipularang memudahkan perjalanan dari Jakarta-Bandung ataupun sebaliknya. Tak hanya itu, shuttle bus umumnya memiliki tempat keberangkatan yang strategis sehingga lebih mudah dijangkau oleh pengguna dibandingkan harus ke terminal ataupun stasiun.Baik di Jakarta ataupun di Bandung, tempat strategis untuk turun tergantung dari jasa shuttle-nya. Menjamurnya shuttle bus ini, merubah kebiasaan masyarakat terutama pengguna kereta api dalam memilih moda transportasi untuk perjalanan Jakarta-Bandung PP. Sebelum adanya shuttle ini, masyarakat hanya terpaku menggunakan bus, kereta api, dan sisanya menggunakan pesawat terbang. Namun, semenjak ada shuttle service ini, masyarakat mulai terpikat atau jatuh hati.Ini terlihat dari perusahaan layanan travel point to point yang bisa Anda piih. Saat ini ada beberapa travel yang sudah dikenal masyarakat Jakarta yakni Citi Trans, Xtrans, Cipaganti, Daytrans dan lainnya. Berbeda perushaan berbeda pula layanan, kenyamanan dan harga yang diberikan oleh sebuah perusahaan shuttle tersebut.Berbicara kenyamanan dalam perjalanan menggunakan shuttle, setiap orang pasti memiliki penilaian sendiri-sendiri. Mungkin menurut Anda, shuttle A dan B memiliki kenyaman yang berbeda. Hal ini dikarenakan setiap perusahaan menerapkan konsep yang berbeda-beda, kalaupun sama pasti ada keunikannya sendiri. Biasanya dalam setiap shuttle bus, pengaturan tempat duduk setiap mobil berbeda satu dengan lainnya. Ada kendaraan yang hanya mampu mengangkut penumpang 7 orang penumpang, ada yang 10-12 orag bahkan ada yang berisi 14 orang dan berjejal di dalamnya. Biasanya isi penumpang dalam shuttle juga menjadi faktor harga mempengaruhi.Dalam hal kenyamanan lainnya yakni pengendara tidak ugal-ugalan, selain untuk kenyamanan, keselamatan penumpang juga harus diperhatikan oleh perusahaan shuttle. Beberapa perusahaan shuttle juga membuat tempat duduknya jenis reclining atau bisa digunakan penumpang untuk rebahan dalam perjalanan yang memakan waktu kurang lebih 3 jam dari Jakarta-Bandung atau sebaliknya.Tak hanya reclining, ada pula shuttle yang memberi layanan personal audio device dengan sebuah headphone yang dipasang pada bagian samping kursi sehingga penumpang dapat mendengarkan radio atau musik. Tak hanya itu, beberapa perusahaan shuttle juga memeberikan kenyamanan safety belt, lampu baca dan bioskop mini di dalamnya serta ada shuttle yang juga benar-benar mengerti kenyamanan pelanggan dengan memberangkatkan shuttle walaupun 1 orang penumpang.Namun, setiap perusahaan shuttle ini tak hanya memiliki kelebihan, ada pula yang memiliki kekurangan seperti supir ugal-ugalan, tempat duduk yang berjejal atau sempit dan tidak nyaman. Tidak memberikan fasilitas seperti audio device dan reclining pada kursinya.Setiap perusahaan ini juga memberikan harga khusus untuk setiap shuttle dengan fasilitasnya. Dari Jakarta-Bandung atau sebaliknya harga termurah Rp 35ribu dan termahal bisa Rp 120ribu untuk sekali berangkatnya. Harga ini mempengaruhi kenyamanan yang di dapat di dalam shuttle itu sendiri.Biasanya mobil-mobil yang digunakan shuttle ini jenis Pregio dan Colt Diesel atau sejenis Elf. Bagi Anda pengguna shuttle bus ini tidak perlu repot lagi, bukannya hanya tempat kebarangkatan yang strategis, jadwal keberangkatan yang banyak dari pukul 04.00 pagi hingga 22.00 malam. Tetapi ada beberapa shuttle yang memberangkatkan penumpang setiap setengah jam sekali dan ini biasanya pada trayek-trayek tertentu.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedWings Air Tambah Frekuensi Penerbangan Jakarta-Bandung, Hanya 30 Menit di Udara!25/11/2019In “Bandara”Ketua KNKT: Depnaker Perlu Turun Tangan Tinjau Jam Kerja Pengemudi Shuttle23/03/2018In “Darat”Menjajal Jakarta-Bandung Menggunakan Shuttle Premium Cititrans24/03/2017In “Basis Aplikasi”
“Ini tentang kualitas udara, tentang bersepeda dan berjalan kaki, tentang transportasi yang menggunakan sumber energi alternatif dan mengelilingi penghijauan kota,” tutur Foteini Aravani selaku kurator pameran tersebut, seperti yang diwartakan KabarPenumpang.com dari laman theguardian.com (14/7/2017). Sebagai informasi tambahan, pada bulan Juni kemarin, Walikota London menerbitkan sebuah strategi dalam mengurangi tingkat polusi di sana, yaitu menargetkan London sebagai kota bebas karbon pada tahun 2050 mendatang.Baca Juga: Semakin Sulit Bawa Sepeda di Kereta, Inilah Curhat Pesepeda di LondonTerget tersebut seolah menjadi jawaban atas pola pikir masyarakat luas yang menganggap London tidak bisa meniru Kopenhagen, dimana tingkat pengguna sepeda jauh lebih banyak dibandingkan dengan pengguna mobil, dalam skala perbandingan 5:1. Masyarakat menilai infrastuktur bawah tanah London sudah terlalu tua untuk digunakan, dan jalanan yang terlalu padat.Di sisi lain, pemimpin proyek Greenwich Gateway, Simon Tong mengatakan reaksi publik terhadap pod otonom tersebut sangatlah positif, bahkan tidak sedikit dari mereka yang menanyakan kapan moda tersebut bisa mulai beroperasi secara konvensional. Tidak hanya pod otonom, teknologi modern lainnya yang akan hadir di Greenwich adalah pengaplikasian smart parking, dimana teknologi yang menggunakan sensor tersebut akan mengalokasikan tempat parkir yang lebih efisien.Baca Juga: Ford Hadirkan Layanan Bike Sharing, Kok Bisa?Namun, dalam mencapai sistem transportasi hijau dan efektif, akan melibatkan teknologi yang lebih sederhana, dan strategi walikota adalah menjanjikan investasi yang signifikan, khususnya dalam penyediaan sepeda. Tidak hanya itu, German Dector-Vega selaku pengurus dari organisasi London secara tidak langsung menyetujui ide dari penggunaan moda beremisi rendah sebagai solusi dalam masalah transportasi yang semakin meradang. Ia juga mengatakan pembangunan jalan-jalan besar hanya akan memperkeruh suasana. “Kami sudah tahu sejak tahun 1990an, bahwa jika Anda membangun lebih banyak jalanan, lebih banyak mobil akan datang dan masalah tidak akan terpeccahkan.” Ungkapnya.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related Para pelancong yang datang ke Greenwich bagian utara pada bulan April kemarin mungkin dibuat sedikit kebingungan oleh pod kecil berwana hijau dan putih, lengkap dengan penumpang, namun tanpa sopir. Pod-pod ini berkeliaran di sepanjang jalan Thames. Pod ini bertenaga listrik dan dirancang khusus untuk melihat respons masyarakat terhadap gagasan mengenai kendaraan otonom. Jika responnya baik, kendaraan otonom ini akan digunakan dalam layanan antar-jemput antara pusat transportasi dan hotel atau pusat perbelanjaan.Baca Juga: Kerumunan Pods Modular Siap Gantikan Peran Kendaraan Pribadi di 2020The Greenwich Pod, yang merupakan bagian dari proyek Greenwich Gateway, adalah salah satu dari sejumlah inovasi yang ditampilkan di The City is Ours, sebuah pameran yang dihelat di Museum London. Pameran ini menampilkan bagaimana perubahan kota yang cukup signifikan, dan menyoroti inovasi yang meningkatkan kualitas kehidupan di kota tersebut. Diperkirakan, jumlah penduduk London akan meningkat drastik di tahun 2025 kelak, dan sektor transportasi tidak luput dari perhatian para pengamat.
Rafael Benitez got the perfect birthday present as Newcastle improved their prospects of avoiding relegation from the Premier League with a vital 3-0 win over Swansea on Saturday.Benitez’s side ended a seven-match winless run as they secured three points for the first time since early February thanks to goals from Jamaal Lascelles, Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend at St James’ Park.Benitez celebrated his 56th birthday on Saturday and the former Real Madrid and Liverpool boss has an extra reason to celebrate after a result that moved second bottom Newcastle to within three points of safety with a game in hand.The Magpies still have plenty to do as they remain two points behind third bottom Sunderland, but their bitter rivals did them a favour by beating fourth bottom Norwich earlier in the day.Newcastle had lost eight of their previous 10 matches and, desperately seeking a winning formula after banking only one point in four games since he took over from Steve McClaren, Benitez made five changes from last weekend’s defeat at Southampton.Benitez called for his players to stick together and deliver the kind of committed display that would stop Newcastle’s disgruntled fans from turning against them.They started brightly enough to keep the supporters onside and Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski had to claw away a cross from under his bar before making a low save to keep out Andros Townsend’s shot.With Swansea’s safety effectively guaranteed, there was little for the visitors to play for and Newcastle were well on top by the time Papiss Cisse set up Jack Colback to shoot straight at Fabianski.Townsend was next to test Fabianski with a low strike and Newcastle’s pressure was finally rewarded in the 41st minute.Lascelles had questioned his team-mates’ desire in the aftermath of the Southampton loss and there was certainly no doubting the young defender’s commitment when he muscled his way past Gylfi Sigurdsson at a corner to power a header in off Fabianski.Swansea, so lethargic in the first half, almost equalised immediately after the interval when Angel Rangel headed narrowly wide from Neil Taylor’s cross.Suddenly, Newcastle were on the back foot and it took a brave block from Chancel Mbemba to stop Andre Ayew driving Swansea level, while Ashley Williams also went close for the visitors.Benitez must have breathed a sigh of relief when Swansea’s Jefferson Montero somehow missed from eight yards after Bafetimbi Gomis played him in.Newcastle were growing increasingly anxious and Gomis should have made them pay when he fired over from 12 yards.But Sissoko eased the nerves in the 82nd minute when he lashed home after Swansea failed to clear a corner and Townsend sealed a much-needed win with a clinical finish seven minutes later.