Speciality Bites with

Paul Hargreaves

Chief executive of Cotswold Fayre
  • Which trends will continue post-lockdown?

    22 February 2021 Speciality Bites
    On the day when we are going to be presented with a route out of lockdown, how many of the changes we have seen during the past 12 months continue throughout 2021? Many of us had hoped we would be...
  • What’s love got to do with it?

    15 February 2021 Speciality Bites
    The word ‘love’ was rarely used in a business context until recent years. In fact, in some places using the word ‘love’ would have prompted phone calls to HR and potential disciplinary proceedings. Is it OK to love your people, your...
  • The Stockdale Paradox

    08 February 2021 Speciality Bites
    “You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” — Admiral James...
  • Have we learned our lessons?

    01 February 2021 Speciality Bites
    I’ll confess to being a little exasperated this week to hear the squabbling amongst various governments about allocations of vaccines available to them. This vaccine nationalism, as some have called it, suggests that many haven’t learned the lessons from the last...
  • A Brexit Nightmare

    25 January 2021 Speciality Bites
    One of our suppliers, Cheshire Cheese Co, was in the newspapers at the weekend talking about their Brexit woes and that they had seen £250k revenues disappear overnight. They are not alone, and many small food and drink businesses are facing...
  • Turning Intention to Lasting Change

    18 January 2021 Speciality Bites
    It is around this time of year when a sense of guilt sets in for some. The New Year resolutions we set ourselves only a few weeks ago may have failed already and we feel ourselves slipping back into the...
  • Find your Way to Flourish

    11 January 2021 Speciality Bites
    This week we launch the name and brand of our new Foodhall & Kitchen, Flourish.
  • What have we learned in 2020?

    14 December 2020 Speciality Bites
    It’s been quite a year, tragic for those who have lost loved ones to Covid, some unavoidably and some unnecessarily due to the UK not locking down quickly enough. Not discounting the loss of life though, I do think that we...
  • Are you ready for Brexit?

    07 December 2020 Speciality Bites
    I hope I am wrong, but it would appear that many speciality food producers are not prepared for Brexit.
  • Developing Countries

    30 November 2020 Speciality Bites
    Triggered by the chancellor’s announcement this week that the aid budget is to be cut from 0.7% of GDP to 0.5%, I am writing this week about our attitude to developing countries.
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