Blue Strawberry Elephant Towers is shared with an eclectic mix of owner managed micro businesses.

Apart from the obligatory financial services, there’s a 3d Printer, Expo stand builder, Mobile Bar for weddings and events service, an IT company and a Gym, amongst others..

One such other is Just Preserves – manufacturer of artisan jams, marmalades, chutneys and mustards – whose owner/ manager / chief onion peeler, is Matt Hulley.

“For the last 10 years we’ve been talking about how technology and the “digital age” have changed everything. But now it’s going to get very real. Right now the business world (is continuing) to have break-throughs in speech recognition, automation, robotics, logistics, processing power, data management… A tipping point has (been) hit…
Daniel Priestley. Entrepreneur and bestselling author.

It has only taken 541 years, but eventually he had to go.

In the Great British tradition William was a multi-tasking renaissance man – Merchant, Diplomat, Writer, Printer and Retailer.

He is credited with being the most likely person to have introduced the Printing Press to England, in 1476, thereby starting the first information revolution. Whether he realised the impact it would have is anyones guess – but as he went on to be the earliest forerunner of Waterstones he obviously knew a good idea when he saw it.

“Have you noticed how nobody ever looks up?”  asked the Mary Poppins actress Julie Andrews. perhaps referring to how no one, but her filmic wards, watched her character arrive at the Banks family home.

“Nobody looks at chimneys, or trees against the sky, or the tops of buildings. Everybody just looks down at the pavement or their shoes. The whole world could pass them by and most people wouldn’t notice.”