Business with a heart


It’s perhaps fitting that I use the month of December to talk about a topic not normally associated with business, one that looks beyond making a profit.
Andrew Thornton is a serial entrepreneur who runs, among other interests, a Budgens supermarket in Belsize Park. Nothing special about that except that this shop is run along some very different principles.
Running counter to our obsession with short-term profits, Andrew’s business attitude centres on building a more sustainable model over the long term – he calls it Heart in Business. Instead of just focusing on the money, the Heart in Business approach encourages business leaders to shift focus from an obsession with profits to one where planet and people come first.
It sounds like the sort of thing that hippies might espouse but Thornton’s Budgens is a walking, talking example. Since putting the programme in place – mystery shopper scores for customer service at the store are up to 100% and sales have grown by 5%. Take a look for yourself.
Andrew’s philosophy so appealed to me that I’m using this nine-step process to see how I can better integrate the culture within the various project teams I work with.
If you’re interested in finding out more then visit
Otherwise watch this space.

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Jane Milton

Food industry expert Jane Milton has been in the business for more than 30 years and has the inside track on all things food!

In her podcast, Jane takes you behind the scenes of the food business and introduces you to her incredible network of producers, entrepreneurs and
consultants she works with. She shares inspiring stories and experiences with you to help you to build a stronger, healthier, better version of your own business.

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Fresh Banter with Giles Christopher ,Food, Drink & Hospitality Photographer
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Fresh Banter with Giles Christopher, the food, drink and hospitality photographer


Giles and I met many years ago through his wife and business partner Abi, and since then we have all worked on a lot of jobs together and have spent a lot of time together socially chatting about business and life.


He got some great advice from his Dad about offering to do things nobody else likes to do at work and making himself a valuable team member and sound found he had multiple job offers …


He’s run his own business for over 20 years and we talk about how basic business skills should be part of the curriculum for everyone nowadays


He shares about the prep that goes into shoots and how technology has changed the job so much and how much time photographers now spend in post production too. And about the sheer weight of kit that he takes to ‘location’ shoots too.


Giles loves tech and is always pushing himself to learn new ways of doing things , or master new equipment and he also talks about keeping up with and ahead of that if you can


A really interesting insight into all that food and drink photography involves, and some great tips for podcasts and business blogs to watch out for too.


I’m really pleased we managed to book Giles for a chat in this last episode of series 3…


Let me introduce you to Giles Christopher

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