I am Paul Rawlinson, The Cafe Guy, and I own a Scandinavian inspired cafe in Harrogate. In the evening the cafe transforms into Norse, a Nordic influenced restaurant.
I live in Harrogate and have done so since 2011 when we moved here to open the business. Before this I moved around a bit because I was a serving officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
I am married to Katie, an NHS dietitian working in stroke and neurology, and we have a son called Seth.
I’ve started blogs before but often found it difficult to find the time to write or have been a bit crippled by the thought that I didn’t really have much to say that was relevant or sufficiently authoritative. I think now that I have been in business for a few years I have a better idea of what I am doing and I’d like to share some of those things. If nothing else it’s making me more determined to commit to trying new things and monitoring the success or otherwise of what we do!
I was thinking of getting a few posts up before launching the site but I’m just going to throw my first one up, see what happens and then test and adjust. the first post will be about something very close to my heart – customer service. I have a few more in the pipeline including a look at why we decided to start taking credit card details to secure bookings at Norse and a look at a video marketing campaign we’ve just embarked upon.
I’ll be using The Cafe Guy blog to talk about independent business, marketing, collaboration, food, drinks and lots of other things too. If you want to get in touch with me you can do so via email on email@example.com.