I had to pretend to be a chef for the evening last Friday Night. Last June, rashly I had offered into an Auction of Promises for a fund-raising event for our orphanage in Kenya a “Restaurant Quality Meal for 6 Cooked at your Home”. The bidding had gone up to £150, so the pressure was on to come up with something good, so in an attempt to be hyper-organised I had started preparation on Thursday evening for the event on Friday.

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This week I thought I would explore the area a little further and try and answer the question of whether it is a good idea to invest our hard-earned cash into crowdfunding food and drink start-ups.

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Paul Hargreaves shares his views on how speciality food businesses effect the environment... "Like it or not, reducing carbon will become an increasingly important driver for us over the next few years."

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I had a phone call earlier today from a journalist wanting my comments on Amazon, as apparently FMCG wholesalers across the pond are having sleepless nights about what they are doing in the market.

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Paul Hargreaves: A Reality Check

9 Oct 2017 09:30:13

I was encouraged to see so many start-up food businesses represented at the Bread and Jam Festival last week.  My Last Word article in this month’s Speciality Food Magazine reflects more on the sheer numbers coming into the industry at present.

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When I started our Young Entrepreneur of the Year Competition 6 years ago, there were hardly any young people starting businesses. This has all changed now, and there are so many ambitious millennials coming into the food and drink sector. They are ambitious, and have a desire to succeed...

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Last year we were, of course, badly stung by the drop in exchange rates after Brexit, our Christmas catalogue already being published by then.  We were left with two choices, either pass on the increases to our customers, or take the hit ourselves! We did the latter.  So any small gain in margin this year will see some of the loss returned!

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Paul Hargreaves explains that one might argue that in these days of increased competition, there is more need for face-to-face sales than ever before?  But some buyers are resistant to “reps” coming in to push their particular brand. Therefore, how are you as a brand owner and producer going to ensure that it is your products on the shelves over the next few months rather than the many others that buyer saw at the show last week? 

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Paul Hargreaves - It's Showtime!

29 Aug 2017 09:25:17

Paul Hargreaves looks forward to seeing you next weekend and promises not to keep you talking too long!

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Paul Hargreaves: Green or Red?

21 Aug 2017 10:03:41

It is time for speciality food retailers to think about environmental issues in how they run their businesses before legislation forces them to do so.  Time to start seeing the red warning lights and go green!

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