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…

Coffee Cup Waste: What are the options?

Baltzersen’s was lucky enough to be approached by Sky News the other week, as part of the Ocean Rescue Series, to be part of a report about takeaway coffee cup waste.  The segment was driven by the release of a report for Bewley’s Coffee by Cardiff University on curbing coffee cup waste. Click on the image…

When Things Go Wrong: Averting a PR Disaster!

That things go wrong is one of life’s inescapable facts.  It doesn’t matter who you are or what your business is you will be faced with challenges that will require some quick thinking, some action and possibly a bit of grovelling where appropriate.  That’s fine though, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t make mistakes….

Dynamic Pricing: How did that work out?!

The idea of altering price based on demand (dynamic pricing) is not new to other sectors and clearly works when done right.  In fact through the use of early-bird deals, set menus, voucher sites and other methods hospitality business are using similar methods to alter their pricing at different times of the day/evening and also days…