Why I’m in favour of a Harrogate BID

Background to a Harrogate BID If you are an independent business owner with a business in the centre of Harrogate you may have heard of the Harrogate BID (or Harrogate Business Improvement District).  If you haven’t then you’ll likely be getting a visit soon or will see more information in the press. In this blog I…

Investing in Coffee Technology to Keep Improving

Background At Baltzersen’s we have never claimed to be a specialty coffee shop and we have been comfortable offering the best coffee we can brew with the equipment at our disposable.  We’re a cafe that has always relied on our scratch baking, homemade food with a Scandi twist and friendly knowledgeable service to complement our…

Indie Harrogate: The Latest

What’s Happening with Indie Harrogate? It’s already mid-October and it feels like ages since I published those first blogs talking about the indie situation in Harrogate. I’m very pleased to be able to tell you that we instructed Leeds-based design firm Oslo Agency this month and they are currently working on the branding for Indie…

Indie Harrogate: The next step……..

It’s been a couple of weeks since I wrote the 5 part series of blogs about indies in Harrogate and it’s been amazing to see and read the response from other indie business owners, residents and other interested parties. In that last two weeks my ideas have begun to crystallise and I’ve had meetings with…

Indies in Harrogate Pt. 5: The Summary

This is part 5 of a 5 part blog about the situation for independent businesses in Harrogate as we head into the summer of 2017.  If you’d like to head back to the first post click here. Indies in Harrogate Pt. 5: The Summary That is almost certainly the longest piece of written work I have completed since…

Indies in Harrogate Pt 4: What can we do?

This is part 4 of a 5 part blog about the situation for independent businesses in Harrogate as we head into the summer of 2017.  If you’d like to head back to the first post click here. I’ve tried to write down what I think different readers might be able to do about this situation this includes…

Indies in Harrogate Pt.3: Who else’s fault is it?

This is part 3 of a 5 part blog about the situation for independent businesses in Harrogate as we head into the summer of 2017.  If you’d like to head back to the first post click here. We’ve given the council a kicking (fairly or not) but there are more groups to consider, let’s have a…

Indies in Harrogate Pt.2: Blame the council

This is part 2 of a 5 part blog about the situation for independent businesses in Harrogate as we head into the summer of 2017.  If you’d like to head back to the first post click here. I’m going to discuss 7 groups that are regularly mentioned in the discussion about who is failing indies in Harrogate, in…

Indies in Harrogate Pt 1: What’s Happened?

Background I write this blog in a week where we have lost two indie businesses amongst the Harrogate hospitality community, they are very different and likely closed for very different reasons.  I’ve started writing it 3 or 4 times over the last few years but this time I really felt like something needed to be…

Independent Food and Drink in Harrogate: #BEF2017

So you’re coming to Harrogate at the end of the week for the Business Excellence Forum #BEF2017.   Welcome to our beautiful town.  I am Paul Rawlinson, owner of Baltzersen’s and Norse, resident of Harrogate and your self-appointed guide of how to find independent food and drink options whilst you are visiting. I look forward to joining you at the…