Tools of the Trade: Cafe Cashflow Forecast

My business is managed on a daily basis using a cashflow forecast. I am constantly updating this set of spreadsheets with costs and sales information. Use a cashflow forecast to plan marketing projects, new product development and capital expenditure. It will consistently keep the business on the right track financially. Whether you are already up…

How to Engineer Your Cafe Menu

Once you have a fully costed menu there are various next steps that you can take to build on the value that this process provides for your business but I think it’s worth taking a pause to look at this menu  you have created and seeing what immediate steps you can take. If you haven’t costed your…

How to cost a menu (and as importantly……why?)

How to Cost a Menu We all know we should cost our menus.  Any book on opening a coffee shop/cafe/restaurant will tell you about the importance of doing it.  So why do you, me and so many others totally ignore this sage advice? Unless you have a masochistic streak that loves the tedium of weighing…

Building a Better Cafe Business in 2019

Building a Better Cafe Business in 2019 When I started this blog a few years ago it was always my intention to use it to post about my experiences of running a business.  I’ve written about various topics along the way but I’m now reviving the primary thread.  I intend to get back to talking about what I’m…

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…