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.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…

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…

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…

Tipping in UK Restaurants: Time for a Change?

Tipping in UK Restaurants: Time for a Change? The news cycle is churning through some classic hospitality industry debates at the moment. Only the other week tap water was on the agenda and I wrote my take on that issue here.  This morning the business secretary Sajid Javid has announced the government is taking a stance…

Tap Water in Restaurants: The Great Debate!

Tap Water in Restaurants: The Great Debate Last week the Local Government Association (as reported by the BBC) said that families should be offered tap water in restaurants as a matter of course, in a bid to decrease the impact of sugary drinks on children’s health. To many restaurateurs it may feel like old ground being…

National Living Wage for Small Employers

The National Living Wage Today sees the introduction of the National Living Wage for over 25s who will receive an additional 50p for each hour they work.  There has been lots of coverage of this change on both sides of the argument, some suggesting it will put a squeeze on jobs others saying it’s a…