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  1. Paul Hargreaves: Egoistical Leadership

    This week, Paul looks at how you to be a leader without making it all about you.

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  2. Paul Hargreaves: Is love in the air?

    This week, Paul calls on independents to put love at the heart of their business.

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  3. Paul Hargreaves: Empathy

    This week, Paul looks at why we should be considering Empathy.

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  4. CF Blog: Smallest Christmas Ever

    Christmas 2020 is going be the strangest festive period for a long time, not since the 2nd World War has this country seen such upheaval to normal life. Whilst we are can’t be certain what will happen over the next 8 weeks, the chances are that we won’t be visiting family and friends for the big day or rushing all over the country in the weird limbo between Christmas and New Year.

    Celebrations will be a lot smaller, we may just be celebrating in our own households, or if the “rule of 6” comes back in to play there may be an extra grandparent, aunt or neighbour to cater for, but there won’t be a need to get the extendable table out, with diners sat on an eclectic collection of seats.

    But if we are cooking for one or a bigger household, everyone will still gather around for an epic dinner followed by The Queen's Speech and a snooze on the sofa. Which means the country will still need the essentials (and treats) to make the best of it. Whether your customers are after

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  5. Paul Hargreaves: Lockdown 2.0

    So here we are again. Does anyone else have a strong sense of déjà vu? Most of us were expecting this and many of us think lockdown should have been introduced weeks ago when the scientists were advising it. Some big differences to last time though.  

    1. Those that organised their retailer operations to include home deliveries and click and collect should be able to over the next three days slip back quickly into this mode of working and expand their retail space into their café and restaurant areas.
    2. It’s Christmas, the busiest time of year and many retailers have their Christmas stock on the shelves. With many other retailers forced to shut I expect food retailers to be busier than ever with people buying food gifts for their friends and relatives. Important to ensure that our social distancing policies are enforced so shoppers feel safe.
    3. This time garden centres can stay open, which is excellent news for the speciality food sector. These repres
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  6. Paul Hargreaves: Business and Politics

    This week, Paul discusses the merits of mixing business and politics.

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  7. Paul Hargreaves: A Positive and Negative Trend

    As the pandemic rolls on, certainly until next Spring if not beyond, I see one very positive trend for speciality food retailers and one not so positive.

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  8. Fighting Food Waste with Too Good To Go


    In the UK alone, over 10 million tonnes of food is thrown away each year. That’s the equivalent weight of 190 Titanics. 

    This is impacting the planet.

    Food waste is responsible for a staggering 8-10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and climate experts have said that reducing food waste is one of the most impactful actions we can all take to address gl

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  9. News: New additions to the team

    We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new starters to its team, as the company continues to grow and lead the way in sustainable wholesaling. 

    Taking on the new role of Sales Director, Lawrence Moore, an established FMCG professional, brings experience of working with brands including Britvic, Red Bull and Belvoir to the purpose driven business. He said: “Cotswold Fayre’s values have a strong alignment with my own passion for CSR. The company has a strong moral compass and is a business with heart. I’m joining at a time of high growth, which makes it a really exciting career move.

    “Having worked with the team as a supplier at Belvoir, I can see the business from both sides, and it’s a real beacon for purposeful business within the SME sector, while making a tangible difference too. To be part of the B Corp movement, that’s so much bigger, is hugely exciting – and we certainly have some bold plans up our sleeves!” 

    Moore’s appointment will allow CEO Paul

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  10. Paul Hargreaves: Time Out

    This week, Paul looks at the importance of taking time out.

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