Speciality Bites with

Paul Hargreaves

Chief executive of Cotswold Fayre
  • Taking Time Out

    03 December 2018 Speciality Bites
    In a week’s time I shall be walking along the banks of a river in India on a week’s retreat with some other UK business leaders. I know very little about the trip except that a friend has highly recommended it...
  • Negotiation

    19 November 2018 Speciality Bites
    I’m sure I’m not the only business person that has watched incredulously as this Brexit negotiation continues. Incredulous because of those who expected to get exactly what they want in a negotiation in which they hold none of the trump cards
  • Appreciation

    12 November 2018 Speciality Bites
    On attending a performance in London’s West End this weekend and talking afterwards we were reflecting on what an unusual job it is being a stage actor. Working at night, spending hours each day being made-up and months of practice before...
  • What’s changed in the last 20 years?

    05 November 2018 Speciality Bites
    I am starting to think about how we celebrate 20 years of Cotswold Fayre next year.
  • Consolidation Benefits the Planet

    25 October 2018 Speciality Bites
    We had a ‘first’ this week; a supplier announcing on social media that we had de-listed him. The announcement went as follows: “DE-LISTED NEWS! .. we’ve been dumped by COTSWOLD FAYRE ... long story short, it’s been like a marriage that’s...
  • Live today and not for tomorrow

    15 October 2018 Speciality Bites
    I spent much of the first few years of running my business half wishing I was doing something else
  • What is work?

    08 October 2018 Speciality Bites
    Most people view work as something they must do to pay the mortgage, their bills or feed the children, and then look forward to the rest of their lives when they can really enjoy themselves. This assumption underlines many...
  • Networking or Not-working

    01 October 2018 Speciality Bites
    There is an old joke that says those that keep networking are in fact not-working, but I don’t agree. Pollinating and learning from other businesses is key for anyone in any business, but especially leaders. Anyone who thinks they...
  • Long term or Short Term

    24 September 2018 Speciality Bites
    Much of our business thinking is short-term and I want to encourage you to think a little more long-term. Big businesses reporting to shareholders are all about the short-term, the next quarter or the next half-year dividend payment. ...
  • “Brexit – six months to go”

    17 September 2018 Speciality Bites
    I haven’t talked about Brexit for a while, but it can’t be avoided this week as there is now just 6 months to go until deadline day. The next few weeks will be key for the UK’s deal with Europe and...
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