Our Jane, a Time Out Person of the Year

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Well might she smile!

Like many publications, Time Out, nominates its people of the year. Their awards are given to those who “they consider the most influential figures of the past 12 months.” And among them, we are delighted to say, is Jane who writes our regular “Letter from London.”
In such company as Steve Jobs, Adele and Terence Conran what has Jane done to deserve this honour? According to the magazine, “we could have picked Kate Middleton for her services as a clothes horse to British designers, or Lulu Kennedy for her dedication to upcoming talent via Fashion East, but for ground level impact to the London shopping scene, we pick Jane.”

Jane has set up markets on Chatsworth Road and St John’s Church in Hackney and has written a story for us on why visitors should go to Hackney. Again, to quote Time Out, “McIntyre seems dedicated to her neighbourhood, all of her projects being fiercely local-minded and wary of frightening off the native communities with over-gentrified products and prices.”
After the riots she was one of many who helped raise £30,000 to help a local shopkeeper who had his stock ransacked and looted. Not only raising money in the east end of London but throughout the UK and abroad so that the store could re-open.
Here is a person who shows support for her community in a number of ways but for the visitor, she promotes it in her writings and website. Now if all areas who thought they were not attracting visitors felt the same way imagine all the hidden delights, visitors would find.
Our congratulations to Jane who shows what one person can achieve.

 

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