Paul Hargreaves is a well-known character within the speciality food world for both for his insightful views on the sector and general business “know how”. Paul’s blog “Speciality Bites” is widely read by retailers and producers alike, and he is often asked to contribute to debates and articles within the industry. His background includes an M.A. in Zoology and 10 years working in the charitable sector in inner-city London. He became involved in the Bala Children’s Centre seven years ago, as a way of giving back to the wider world community. Since then Cotswold Fayre has become the key partner in starting business projects in Kenya associated with the children’s centre with the goal of making the centre completely self-sufficient for its day-to-day running costs.
Paul is the Founder and Chief Exec of Cotswold Fayre Ltd, a speciality & fine food wholesaler supplying nearly 2,000 retail outlets throughout the UK. The business grew from the cellar of his house in London to become the leading wholesaler to farm shops and delicatessens in the UK. The company’s ethos of working in partnership with its suppliers makes it the most sought-after wholesaler for the many new brands launching in the sector.
Cotswold Fayre has been certified as a B Corporation since 2015. B Corps are companies that meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance and will become the “listened to” voice of business in the future as many realise that capitalism as we knew it is dead and the best objective of a business is to help change the world for better. Paul has had a book published recently on purpose-driven business called ‘Forces for Good’.
From Scarcity to Abundance- Business as a force for good
Putting Heart and Soul Into Business- It's not all in the mind!
Purpose Before Profit- Why purpose-driven businesses are more successful
Compassionate Leadership- Why compassion and generosity lead to greater business success
Planet and People Before Profit- How our B Corp journey transformed our company