This issue of Courier looks at how fitness startups are raking in profits from the wellness boom. We also hear from the experts on how to make money from podcasts, and catch up with restaurateur Alan Yau as he attempts to change the tastes of the nation using tech.
Our cover story charts the rise of the new fitness industry. We look at how the trend for group fitness classes has allowed companies to create a buzz around their activities, and get to know the boutique brands offering the ultimate mix of fitness and lifestyle – from £26 spin classes to yoga in pubs.
In keeping with the theme of living well, we catch up with serial restaurateur Alan Yau, who is launching an app that curates the restaurants with the seal of approval from professional tastemakers. The model flies in the face of mass democracy engines TripAdvisor and Yelp in favour of an ‘experts only’ approach. Yau explains why.
Elsewhere we hear from pioneers Helen Zaltzman and Neil Denny on how to make money from podcasts. We discuss the key ingredients that make a great show and chart the dizzying sums paid by media companies to snap up the most popular pods.