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Traidcraft – another year of change

So Saturday was my annual trip to the Traidcraft AGM. I have been to a few over the years – especially the 8 years when I was a director – there was no escape then. The following is a few reflections, as much…

A new direction

I get asked for advice. A lot. Most of that advice follows the same pattern. “Andy, you are good with computers\technology\Magento\Excel\electronics, I have a problem with my computer\phone\website\online shop, could you let me know what is wrong?” Sometimes I can fix it and…

Leadership – the Seth Godin way

I am taking a short Udemy course from Seth Godin and the first task is to take 10 mins to answer these questions…. One organisation I worked lost a big client 10 years ago and the business lost millions and almost went down.…

Traidcraft’s New CEO – the four challenges that they face

Traidcraft is recruiting a new CEO. As a shareholder, company pension scheme member, former employee, former director, former fairtrader, former retailer, occasional fundraiser and life-long supporter, I have more than a passing interest in who is appointed and, perhaps more importantly, what they…

Veganuary Day 2 and 3 or Vegan fail days

So second and third days of Veganuary didn’t go too well from a vegan perspective. It turns out I have managed to slip up twice already. Slip up number one came from the “surely that must vegan” school of thinking. As someone who…

Veganuary Day 1 – so what did I actually eat?

Decided to skip breakfast mainly due to massive over eating on New Year’s Eve. Lunch was easy as I had been out and bought a few easy lunches including some new soups from the New Covent Garden Soup Co. Today’s choice was Tomato…

Welcome to Veganuary

I have decided to go Vegan for January. Sounds simple enough – avoid all foods with animal products in them for a month. So far so good – managed to make a cup of tea and put Alpro Soya milk in it rather…

Lobley Hill Mega Highway – Initial feedback from the Highways Agency information exhibition

So 8 months after the Autumn Statement, the good folk of Lobley Hill and Dunston got to see the plans for the proposed changes to A1 from Lobley Hill to Dunston. The quick recap is that Chancellor announced that he was setting aside…

Then we came to the end by William Ferris

Book: Then we came to the end by Joshua Ferris Reviewed by Andy Redfern on 20 April 2013. Summary: Nice try but this book is trying a little too hard I don’t think I have ever read a book but where the majority…

A little bit of politics….

“A little bit of Politics” was Ben Elton‘s catchphrase during the 1980s when Thatcher was at her height and Britain seemed a pretty scary place to be. Politics has not been a theme of this blog and I don’t intend for it to…