A Space of Your Own

Could you invite your best customers around to your house? Would you still seem the same person to them? Could you be sure there were no hidden secrets they didn’t already know? Could you avoid putting on a show and just be yourself? Is it always like this at your place?…

9 Ways to pick a Good Building

Prompted by a ‘How do I get started?’ phone-call. You want to develop a permanent commercial space, but don’t know where to start? Perhaps there’s something here for you. 1 – Where does my business need to be located? This relegates all other decisions. Most of the time you just have to…

Brand Space Futures

We have witnessed a switch in power, particularly on the high street. Its all with the customer now. Customers who have split into tribes and sub-tribes, each with their own tastes and wants. All demand their experience be unique in some way. All are armed with mobile technology. And I’ll…

Sir Chris Hoys Wisdom

I watched Sir Chris Hoy’s documentary last night ‘How to Win Gold’ See the video here for the next few days; http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p020v76d/sir-chris-hoy-how-to-win-gold The best bit for me had nothing to with winning gold, but the point where he walks back into the London Velodrome, the scene of his final medal…

A Note from your Bank

I was written to by my bank this week. The letter read; ‘Your bank branch is closing. As part of a review of our branches based in where our customers are and where it is most useful to provide our banking services in the area, we have taken the…

Warehouse Conversion

We recently achieved both listed building and planning consent for the conversion of a grade 1 listed former riverside warehouse. The proposal for a ground floor bar/restaurant and 2 floors of residential flats above sits on the bank of the river Teifi in Cardigan, West Wales. We will now…

Prologue Progress

Taking advantage of a tea break on site yesterday to get some shots. I’ll do a full run-down on all the good folk involved in this one when we complete next weekend. All are hard at it getting the space open for the  March 15th opening. The biggest issue…

Prologue Performance Cycling

Its coming to life slowly in Harrogate. Opening March 15th. Just in time to get established before the Tour De France comes to town in July. Can’t wait for this one. It will have; -Retail -Bike Fit Lab -Small coffee/food offer for those long distance riders to drop in…

The Local Bike Shop

What’s the best business model for a retail space in this climate? How do you create a destination that pulls customers back to the high street? Customers who freely admit to shopping online on price, but in the same breath bemoan the loss of a local services and culture….

The Anatomy of a Terrace

I just finished reading Quiet by Susan Cain She talks in depth about the new obsession for group work or ‘groupthink’ and how this is shaping our workplaces with a bias towards the gregarious and extroverted. It forces those who are not this way inclined into uncomfortable situations, where…