Paul

Name
Paul

Position

Non-Executive Director / Board Advisor

Location

Wiltshire

Big Business Experience

Sketchley Plc

Small Business Experience

Cotswold Fayre Ltd

Website

After 12 years in the charitable sector, Paul founded Cotswold Fayre Ltd in 1999.  The business has grown from start-up to the UK’s leading speciality food and drink wholesaler with annual revenues of over £15M.

Paul has the battle scars of scaling a business from zero to a significant size and has many lessons to pass on to others on a similar journey.

Cotswold Fayre was a founding UK B Corp, and Paul is an ambassador for the movement in the UK, being convinced that business now must exist for people and planet as well as profit.

Qualifications

  • M.A. (Oxon)
  • Founding UK B Corp
  • B Corp Ambassador
  • Author “Forces for Good” – Creating a Better World through purpose-driven businesses
  • Thames Valley Business of the Year 2020

Key Areas of Expertise

  • 21 years daily experience growing a business from start-up to over £15m.
  • Working with many SME producers over that time to help them grow their businesses
  • Now advising SMEs on moving towards being purpose-driven businesses
  • Expert on the UK food and drink retail sector

Experience

Experienced and successful founder and CEO of a start-up business growing it from zero to over £15M

Whilst bringing in expertise in other areas to grow the business Paul has run the successful sales and marketing strategy throughout the life of the business.

Led the business through the different growth phases and has learned many lessons on the way invaluable to others.  The key to success is maintaining and building the culture and ‘why’ of the business throughout.

Spent 5 years mentoring young start-up businesses in the food and drink sector.

Through his book, Forces for Good, and as an ambassador for B Corp now advising many businesses who are transitioning from a single bottom line modus operandi (profit) to a triple bottom line (people, planet and profit).

Run events speaking to whole companies and leaders about bringing compassion and love into the way he runs his businesses.

Have had articles on leadership published in HR Director, Director (IOD magazine) CEO Today and others.

Have acted several times in an advisory position to a devolved UK government.