2022 business development surgery for Mill Co. residents

Make Happy are running a free two-hour workshop on Wednesday 8th December, 4pm at Batch Baby to help Mill Co. residents plan their business strategy for 2022.

In this highly hands-on and practical session, you will think deeply about your goal for the year and how best to deliver that. You will consider how you differentiate yourselves from the competition, where you play and, more importantly, don’t play, and the capabilities your organisation has to have to win against your competitors.

We will be using the Five Key Strategy Questions Canvas, which Jonathan developed based on the book “Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works” by A.G. Lafley and Roger L Martin.

Jonathan has used the canvas with start-ups, scale-ups and social enterprises. The canvas is business sector and size agnostic. It makes setting strategy fun – really!

Refreshments provided by Batch Baby Courtney of Mill Co.

Supported by Mill Co. @ The Rose Lipman Building as part of our resident and community engagement programme.


Batch Baby Cafe opens @ Rose Lipman

With a combined 20 years in the industry, Batch Baby is a two-person passion project. Independently owned and operated, we launched the project to highlight everything that we love about food, coffee and community – and delve into the creative side of the food and beverage industry.

Our name is a multi-faceted, playful reference. Batch brew, or batch filter coffee, is often the cheapest and most accessible coffee on the menu. Small-batch is also a term used to identify a focus on quality over quantity – the opposite of mass-production. As a business, we seek to offer the highest quality we can at affordable price points. We individually source everything we sell, and with our focus and passion for customer service – we aim to provide the most well-rounded cafe experience possible.

Batch Baby offers a rotating selection of coffee suppliers (albeit anchored by our house roaster Origin Coffee Roasters). We showcase as many regions and roasters as make up the European speciality coffee scene. This combined with our changing, seasonal food menu means that we are able to offer up a unique experience with every visit.

Coffee shops aren’t anything without people, and cafes should be focal points for communities. A place where people can feel valued and connected to those around you, which is something that can be difficult in a metropolis like London. We want to be your new local – to offer as pleasant and interesting an experience to every customer as we are able. Community and good times are at the heart of what we do.

Stop by for a coffee, or a chat.

Instagram @batchbabycoffee

Free workshop for 18-25 in Hackney by [Foreign Affairs]

Whose story is it anyway?

Aged 18-25? Live in or around Hackney? Do you want to make theatre?

Join Brazilian theatre-maker Almiro Andrade for a six-part workshop programme and explore different aspects of theatre-making such as devising, directing and performing. The programme will conclude in a scratch performance on Sunday 5 December at the Rose Lipman Building in Haggerston.

Whose story is it anyway? is an exciting new workshop programme for young people (18-25) living in or around Hackney with a passion for making theatre. Over four Saturdays, you’ll explore storytelling, performance and theatre-making, working together as part of an ensemble towards creating a piece of theatre.

Whose story is it anyway? will be delivered in connection with Foreign Affairs’ upcoming production of Where I Call Home – a play that explores themes of identity and belonging. You’ll receive a free ticket to the play and a Q&A session, giving you a chance to connect with our creative team and industry professionals, and to find out more about working in theatre.

Saturday 6, 13, 20, 27 November, 10:00 – 14:00 GMT
Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 December, 10:00 – 17:00 GMT

• Young people living in or around Hackney (18-25)
• Aspiring or emerging theatre-makers
• Some experience is useful but not essential, just an interest in the programme and a passion for theatre

The workshop is FREE to attend.

Applications close at midday on Wednesday 3 November, but applications are considered on a first-come-first basis until the workshop programme is full, so don’t delay applying.

How can art and design bring people together to improve our mental health?

Going through mental health services in England can be a disillusioning and traumatic process; with rife accounts of being passed around different departments in the NHS and continually facing long-wait lists for services.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has seen a worsening of pre-existing mental health conditions, as well as many people experiencing difficulties for the first time, with Mind reporting “more than half of adults (60 per cent) and over two-thirds of young people (68 per cent) have said their mental health got worse during lockdown.”

Mental health services need a close examination as to their efficacy, and while interventions from individuals and communities should not have to stand in for properly funded government services, they can indicate alternative methods for supporting mental health.

Creative practitioners such as Cynthia Voza Lusilu, Becky Warnock and Abbas Zahedi, are among those using art and design to re-think approaches to mental health by prioritising different visual and creative entry points into how we look after ourselves and each other.

Jamilla Prowse for It’s Nice That

Read full article here.