meet the entrepreneurs profiting in a pandemic

Frankie T. Smith
Oli Loveday - Geoff Pugh
Oli Loveday – Geoff Pugh

Few people have emerged from the coronavirus crisis unscathed. There are now 8.9 million workers who have been furloughed by their employers and millions more freelancers and small business owners whose income has been vastly reduced.

Rather than trying to soldier on until the crisis has passed, some entrepreneurs have used the economic shock caused by Covid-19 as an opportunity to revamp their businesses or start a new one. 

A report published by the Federation of Small Businesses, a trade body, found that 8pc of small companies have launched new products during the pandemic while 5pc have expanded the services they offer. 

Many more have started a new business entirely. Oliver Loveday, 39, was working as a freelancer in the travel industry and was left without any income when the country went into lockdown.

“I was doing Kilimanjaro walks, school trips, the Three Peaks,” he

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How small towns are responding to the global pandemic

Frankie T. Smith
<span class="caption">Patrons eat outside at a small cafe in West Reading, Pennsylvania, as the community begins to reopen.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/bambi-good-and-her-daughter-alaina-of-reinholds-talk-with-news-photo/1249265204" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images">Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images</a></span>
Patrons eat outside at a small cafe in West Reading, Pennsylvania, as the community begins to reopen. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

Before the global pandemic hit, small towns across America were dealing with struggling economies, aging roads and bridges, and declining populations.

The coronavirus added new challenges, like additional demand for limited hospital beds for an aging population, many of whom have chronic health conditions.

Fortunately, as I’ve seen in my work at the Small Town Center at Mississippi State University, small towns have the advantage of being more nimble and responsive to crisis than cities, largely because they have fewer regulations and more opportunities to be creative about problem-solving.

The pandemic has increased local leaders’ attention to their residents’ health – not just in terms of doctors and hospitals but also identifying new ways to help people get fitter, spend more time outdoors,

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TikTok-gate is a bad sign for Trump

Frankie T. Smith

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Insider columnist Anthony Fisher joins us with thoughts today on Trump’s rally disaster. Please sign up here.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“She’s a very straight, serious person, and totally incorruptible and honest.” — a former colleague describing Audrey Strauss. She will be the acting US attorney in Manhattan after Attorney General Bill Barr botched his weekend attempt to force out Strauss’ predecessor Geoffrey Berman and replace him with an ally.

WHAT’S HAPPENING

A supporter alone in the top sections of seating before President Donald Trump arrived for his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday.
A supporter alone in the top sections of seating before President Donald Trump arrived for his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday.

Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

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Kaskade Gets Nostalgic for Om Records Golden Days on ‘When I’m With You’ With Colette

Frankie T. Smith

Some songs are like time travel. You drop the needle on your favorite record, close your eyes and fall into a golden memory. Deep house producer and international DJ Kaskade took that formula one further.

His new single, “When I’m With You,” featuring warm vocals from longtime friend and collaborator Colette, transports us back to Kaskade’s early days working at Om Records in the early 2000s.

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“The world was changing, tech was changing, music was changing and we were on the cusp of this whole thing,” he says over the phone. “That whole 10 years I lived in San Francisco, it was just beautiful chaos. All these new ideas happening, and I think when there’s that much going on, it sparks for good art.”

“When I’m With You” is one of 26 songs on a new compilation that

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