I am always more interested in Dragon’s Den when companies come on from the speciality food world.  I think this series, so far, there have been three – and in any event there always seems to be at least one food and drink company on the programme.  What is especially interesting, of course, is to find out the financials of these suppliers, or in some cases, ex-suppliers.  These are the kind of questions it is not polite to ask during supplier meetings, and most suppliers are too small to have to post full audited accounts, so illuminating to see what is really going on.

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Paul Hargreaves would like to share insights on what he expects some of the retail trends to be in 2017, which have inspired some of Cotswold Fayre's product choices this year.

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Why is it that the same old lessons need to be learned time and time again?  I received a phone call last week advising me that one of our suppliers had gone into administration.  Launched at the peak of the popcorn revolution, Portlebay Popcorn, were different to many in that they made their own products.  Very commendable and something we look for as a priority with our suppliers. 

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Who would have forecast that Tesco would make a bid for Booker? However, as it stands, is this good news or bad news for the speciality food sector?

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There is no chance of complaining at present of the world being boring.  As I have started to write this blog, breaking news has just popped up on my phone, “President Donald Trump, America’s 45th Commander-in-chief has just been sworn in.

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Initial feedback we have received suggests that it was generally positive for many retailers in the speciality food sector, although ask me again in a couple of weeks when I will have seen 100s of retailers at our January Launch Shows which start next week.

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It’s beginning to feel a bit like Christmas…

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Paul Haregreaves discusses email etiquette.

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Paul Hargreaves - Ordinary People

5 Dec 2016 16:23:41

Paul Hargreaves explains that people need people! And mentions that the workplace of the SME is the new community.

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Paul Hargreaves - Scandinavia

14 Nov 2016 10:02:02

Paul Hargreaves tells us why he's suddenly feeling festive, whilst visiting suppliers in Scandinavia and his perception that the standard of living is higher, and the lifestyle is more relaxed than at home.

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