Paul Hargreaves, Cotswold Fayre

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Paul is the Founder and Chief Exec of Cotswold Fayre Ltd, a speciality & fine food wholesaler supplying nearly 2,000 retailers throughout the UK & Ireland. The company is well-known for being the most user-friendly wholesaler within the food and drink sector and is always the first choice of new artisan food and drink brands.

Cotswold Fayre was, in 2015, certified as a B Corporation which are companies that meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand.

Paul is a well-known figure within the speciality food world both for his insightful views on the sector, independent retailers, and business start-ups in general. Paul’s blog “Speciality Bites” is widely read by 1000s of retailers and producers and he is often asked to contribute to debates and articles within the industry. His background includes a degree in Zoology and 10 years in the charitable sector. He became involved in the Bala Children’s Centre six years ago, when the company decided to spread its effect into one of the poorest parts of the world. Since then he has been the key driver in starting agri-businesses associated with the children’s centre with the end goal of making the centre completely sustainable for day-to-day running costs from their profits.

Tara Sundramoorthi