Welcome to the October issue of Velocity, which focuses on homes. We profile Kevin McCloud, the presenter of C4’s Grand Designs series, and discover how his interest in theatrical set design led to a passion for interior design and architecture.

Continuing with the homes theme, we focus on a unique self-starter in Giles Adams, whose home-exchange company enables second-home owners to travel the world and stay in premier properties, avoiding villa or hotel rental rates.

We also meet Tom Pugh-Jones and Jolyon Ferrier, who founded a lifestyle recruitment and relocation service for businesses in the UK’s South West, and Manchester-based interior designer and stylist Luke Arthur Wells, who set up an online store to share his personal sense of style with the public.

We learn tips for pitching to investors, find out what budding art investors can look out for at London’s Multiplied Art Fair this month, and visit the beautiful city of Amsterdam.