Category Archives: Marketing

Proud to be a Cherwell Micro Business Finalist

It’s that time of year again when the tension mounts in North Oxfordshire. That’s nothing to do with the tourist season, global warming or the price of fish. It’s the build-up to the annual Cherwell Business Awards.  For the second … Continue reading

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Costa Coffee’s (and Whitbread’s) shame

Fancy a cuppa? Well take my advice and walk straight past Costa Coffee and head for Pret A Manger instead. Until Costa reverses it’s policy on throwing away perfectly good food each day – keep walking! And while you’re at … Continue reading

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Nina on the radio … roll of drums please

Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m not short of words. You only have to read my blog to work that one out. But a couple of weeks ago, I was… err… um… ahhh… almost struck dumb! The reason? … Continue reading

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Pay what you like restaurants – fabulous or foolhardy?

I love innovative businesses. I love innovative food businesses even more. Top of my list of favourites right now is Naomi’s Café Bar in Banbury. Why? Because customers never grumble about their bill – because they only pay what they … Continue reading

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The ultimate business award benefit

The tension mounts. Hoards of hopefuls in posh frocks and dinner suits enjoy the evening sun and a glass of Bucks Fizz. Inside the huge marquee, the caterers prepare for the celebration dinner. And everyone hopes that it will be … Continue reading

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Why Going to Bucks University is a Bigger Deal

It’s that time of year when quaking youngsters are waiting to find out if they will attend the university of their choice. Dreams and aspirations are on the line as the young hopefuls start their journey into the future.

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Suspended purchase; a warm tale of effortless charity

Imagine this… it’s a freezing cold day. You’re outside. Your fingers are numb. You’d give anything for a hot drink and the chance to sit in the warmth. But you’re homeless. Putting the kettle on isn’t an option.

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Banburyshire farmer to save rare breed haggis

It’s not that long ago that haggis was a delicacy rarely found outside Scotland. Traditionally served on Burns Night (25th January), haggis was accompanied by ‘chappit tatties and neeps’ (mashed potatoes and swede). In the most northerly parts of Scotland, … Continue reading

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Raise a glass to British beer

Yay! Finally, some good news for the beer industry. The British Beer & Pub Association’s (BBPA) latest Beer Barometer shows UK sales rose by 5.2% in the third quarter of 2013. That’s the most significant quarter-on-quarter increase in a decade.

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Figgy pudding – at twice the price?

When the Christmas spending starts, it’s like the normal rules don’t apply. Last year, comparison website moneysupermarket.com predicted we’d spend around £22 billion during the festive season. That’s a staggering £445 per person. And naturally, restaurants, pubs and hotels will … Continue reading

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