“Experience is the best teacher. A compelling story is a close second.” – Sir Paul Smith

Happy Birthday to us. Three whole years of The Essential Journal. Before you start getting any ideas, don’t go sending us any presents (our address is in the masthead), we’re fine for gifts (we’re partial to spirits, cars, clothes and watches). Jokes aside, it’s been a real pleasure to put this magazine together over the years and on behalf of the team, we’d like to thank everyone that has supported, contributed and been involved along the way.

We’d also like to say a special thank you to everyone involved in this issue. We couldn’t be more proud of it. We’ve toured the streets of Nottingham with the founder of Universal Works, we’ve seen the beating heart of John Smedley, got to the crux of what makes Stranger Things so great, talked innovation with a cartoon veteran and gone global with the help of travel advice from friends around the world. There’s also new and regular features in abundance. We hope you enjoy reading it as much we have enjoyed putting it together.