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No such thing as a free meal

November 2, 2018

  It doesn’t matter which country you live in most of you will be familiar with a store or a company which seems to continually be running promotions.  In the UK for example I challenge anyone to find someone who has bought a sofa or suite from a well know furniture retailer at full price? Read More…


Every day is a school day

October 5, 2018

  Over the last few years I have delivered a number of seminars and run various training workshops.  Some have been specifically aimed at those working in the hospitality industry whilst others have been more around general Marketing principals.  In most instances I am usually blown away by the enthusiasm of those attending and with Read More…


When do you open?

September 4, 2018

  I don’t know about you but when it comes to the summer any thought of a regular routine seems to go right out of the window.  Although times may vary depending on what I am doing, generally speaking in the colder and darker months of the year I usually conform to the usual stereo-type Read More…


How Much Is It?

August 11, 2018

  I was having a clear out the other day I came across quite a few reference books and a couple of dictionaries.  Although a number of them had been well used in the past I realised that I hadn’t needed most of them for some considerable time.  Back in the day I couldn’t imagine Read More…


Remove the Friction!

July 27, 2018

  If you are like me, every couple of years you get a letter or email from your gas and electricity company telling you that your current ‘deal’ is about to expire.  They then say and I paraphrase that they will then put you on worse tariff whilst at the same time offering you something Read More…


They’ll Be Here Soon

June 6, 2018

  One of the most interesting decisions that a restaurant or even a pub needs to take when it comes to their food offer is whether or not they insist customers make reservations.  For most fine dining restaurants that is an overwhelming yes.  Conversely at the more casual end of the spectrum it is usually Read More…


Does It Add Up?

May 11, 2018

  In the course of my work I have the need to travel by train quite often.  Actually that’s not entirely true, in some cases I could drive.  However when going to the likes of London or Manchester I often find that being on the train will give me time to catch-up on emails, read Read More…


It’s Dinner Time or Is It!

April 2, 2018

  Regardless of which part of the country you live in, the first meal of the day is always considered to be breakfast.  Nothing wrong with that.  But as the day progresses the language that we use for the following meals can vary quite considerably depending on a number of different factors.  For example geography, Read More…


One Price To Fit All?

March 1, 2018

  Burton-on-Trent is considered by many to be the home of British brewing, apologies to anyone wishing to make a counter claim.  And although the number of brewers still there has fallen dramatically since it’s heyday in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  It is still the home of Molson Coors (nee Bass) and Marston’s Read More…


Are We Being Served?

February 10, 2018

  Regardless of where you live the quality of food and the creativity around the décor of many restaurants is at an all-time high.  It is also fair to say that the choice and variety of different places to eat out has never been greater.  As a result of this many restaurants are increasingly finding Read More…