Paul Hargreaves - Investable?

24 Jul 2017 08:00:00

Paul Hargreaves reflects on the Young Food & Drink Entrepreneur Award... One of our judging criteria when scoring the candidates is a score out of 20 on “Would you invest in this company”. I find this a very useful guide on making the decision on choosing a winner, because if not, do they deserve to win?Read More
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Paul Hargreaves: Drive to Succeed?

17 Jul 2017 10:52:11

Paul Hargreaves; " Thinking about success and failure this morning as I was listening to sports pundits waxing lyrical about Roger Federer’s achievements over the years, and what it is that makes a sports person (or indeed a business person) successful. "Read More
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If you resided in the United Kingdom between the years of 1982 and 2007, you will know the phrase "Reassuringly Expensive" and will instantly associate it with Stella Artois, the Belgian lager beer.  I have no problem at all with “reassuringly expensive” but I do have a problem with “preposterously pricey”.  

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There are enough other people at present commenting on the UK’s socio-economic and political problems, so I am going to restrict myself this week to talking about the demise of one of Cotswold Fayre’s first ever customers.

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So, we have now completed our third national vote within just over 2 years, and it is odds on a fourth within a year.  I had a rumour the other day that polling stations are occasionally used as primary schools!  

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Paul Hargreaves - It's E-Day

5 Jun 2017 09:34:52

So, here we are at perhaps the most significant election for the UK for many years and one that will define the next decade and beyond.  

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What should have been one of the best “feel good” weeks of the year with the hottest temperatures of the year so far has not been that at all, due to the horrendous events in Manchester last Monday evening.

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Paul Hargreaves - Fragmentation

22 May 2017 09:25:48

Paul Hargreaves discusses 'fragmentation' within the industry.

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Following on from my thoughts last time about the differences between the speciality food world and the convenience sector (and thanks for all the response on that), I want to focus this time on margin.Read More
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In spending some time at both these shows last week, it was interesting to compare the two sectors.  In my view, it is time for the Speciality Food Sector to stop being an immature teenager and to grow into an adult.  There are too many companies, both producers/suppliers and retailers, who act on a whim or do things because they have always done them.  Many of these do not make long-term commercial sense. 

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