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SHIFT / Lina Hayes / Photographer

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SHIFT / Lina Hayes / Photographer

Being self-employed, running an independent business, making a living through doing the things you love most in the world... From the outside it can look pretty rosy. But when the pandemic hit, self-employment and small business ownership suddenly started to look like a gamble that hadn't paid off. Overnight, many of us found ourselves facing absolute uncertainty, with the specific nuances of our businesses being affected differently depending on our set-ups: some were eligible for grants, some had understanding landlords, some relied on Universal Credit. Many of us found ourselves without the safety net of furlough, paid holidays or even...


TEN MINUTES WITH / Emily of just.emily

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TEN MINUTES WITH / Emily of just.emily

One of the best parts of running an independent store is that we get to meet makers from all walks of life who are doing their thing, honing their craft and putting passion & energy into everything they make. We get to fill our shelves with unique, handmade products, and to welcome people into the store to learn more through workshops and collaborations. This relationship with makers brings Century to life! While our bricks and mortar store is closed, we're sharing sneak peeks into the lives of those who make the products we stock, because we're all craving connection and community...


How We Live Now / Laura of Dear Prudence Studio

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How We Live Now / Laura of Dear Prudence Studio

When Future Us look back over this period, I think we'll remember a few things clearly: the surreal, Black Mirror-esque nature of the pandemic's sudden impact on our lives; the way it's opened up space for seismic shifts in behaviour and perspective; and home... so many, many days at home. A while back, we asked our followers on Instagram if they'd like to take part in a new series exploring how our idea of "home" has changed during lockdown, and how we've all adapted our living spaces to meet new demands. Today, we're delighted to be featuring the calm, creative home...


THIS WEEK / You Keep Saying, Go Slow

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THIS WEEK / You Keep Saying, Go Slow

Yep, still talking about it. As a couple, we have read, listened to, digested and talked into the early hours more about racism this month than ever before. We've discussed aspects of racism that have never before come up in conversation. Shared experiences we'd never thought to vocalise before. Like how the only Black man in the Highlands town where I (Stevie) worked ten years ago was known by most people, out loud and to his face, as The C**n. We've faced our own prejudices head on. Like how Nadia is still shocked by the sight of interracial couples, that juxtaposition...


How We Live Now / Harry + India

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How We Live Now / Harry + India

When Future Us look back over this period, I think we'll remember a few things clearly: the surreal, Black Mirror-esque nature of the pandemic's sudden impact on our lives; the way it's opened up space for seismic shifts in behaviour and perspective; and home... so many, many days at home. A few weeks ago, we asked our followers on Instagram if they'd like to take part in a new series exploring how our idea of "home" has changed during lockdown, and how we've all adapted our living spaces to meet new demands. We're so delighted to share the first in...