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Paul Hargreaves


Paul Hargreaves is the Founder and Chief Executive of Cotswold Fayre Ltd and a keynote speaker on leadership and compassion in business.

Cotswold Fayre is a speciality & fine food wholesaler supplying nearly 2,000 retail outlets throughout the UK.

The business grew from the cellar of Paul’s house to become the leading wholesaler to UK farm shops and delicatessens.  The company’s ethos of working in partnership with its suppliers makes it the most sought-after wholesaler for the many new brands launching in the sector.

Since 2015 Cotswold Fayre has been certified as a B Corporation. B Corps are companies that meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance. Paul is also an ambassador for the movement within the UK.

Well-known within the speciality food world, Paul is recognised for his insightful views on the sector and general business “know-how”.


Paul Hargreaves is one of the leading voices in the UK encouraging and inspiring businesses to be a ‘Force for Good’ and has published a book with the same title.

Many businesses are realising that to prosper and survive in the 21st century they need to not just be looking at the financial bottom line of profit, but people and planet too, and so make the world a better place.

There’s a new generation of businesses emerging. They’re working together to make a positive impact on the world by redefining what it means to be successful.

Paul has been leading a successful purpose-driven business for over two decades. He can help you change the way you work, helping you make better decisions to reduce the impact on poverty, injustice and environmental damage by balancing purpose with profit.

Paul Hargreaves inspires businesses to make the world a better place, by being better for people and the planet, and at the same time better for profit.

Creating lasting change also involves personal transformation. Paul Hargreaves helps you discover that by reaching out to the world, you will become more fulfilled and happier.


Creating a Lasting Leadership Legacy
How do you want to be remembered in business by others?
Someone who has done well for themselves or someone who has done well for others?
It is the latter that tend to leave a lasting legacy and in addition create more personal fulfilment and happiness too!

Being a Compassionate Leader
Love, kindness and compassion were not words that used to be used in a business context.
In the 21st century, it’s the leaders showing and feeling love for people and planet that are growing the most successful businesses and organisations.

Creating Businesses that are Forces for Good
Businesses that are simply in existence to make money for their shareholders and owners are failing. Even the Financial Times in Sept 2019 declared on its front page, “Capitalism: Time for a Reset”.

Those businesses that have a purpose beyond making money are now the successful ones. Paul will show you how

Pauls also offers two workshops –

How Becoming a B-Corp can transform your Business 

Businesses that exist purely for the financial benefit of their shareholders or owners are no longer where consumers or buyers want to spend their money. Many ‘traditional’ businesses have already failed and are certainly struggling to compete with businesses with a greater purpose of making the world better in some way. In these difficult times for recruiting people, these ‘businesses for good’ are attracting the best people in the market, particularly those in the younger generations. The case for being a purpose-driven business in 2022 is compelling.

The question is how we transform our existing business to one that is helping to reduce the great injustices in society and doing our part to reverse climate change. This workshop will help us do this.

Putting your Heart & Soul into Business – for greater success.

For much of the last few hundred years business has mainly focused on the visible whether that be their products, their plans and ideas drawn up on wall charts and whiteboards or their numbers on spreadsheets or on Companies House.
All these are, of course, very important, but insignificant unless we also focusing on the inner side of ourselves and those who work with us. When businesses engage the heart and soul of their people and those of their other stakeholders, the outward success will come more easily. It is as we go deeper into the inner side of ourselves and our people that the outer manifestations of success will come.

This workshop will help you lead your businesses into more heart and soul. There is good hard solid data to demonstrate and Paul’s 25-year business experience, especially the last 7-8 years when his business has seen both trauma and tremendous success, and he is still learning!




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