BY BEN EAGLE Normally I write about general countryside or farming issues for Country Squire Magazine but, this time, the editors asked me to write about something that has become surprisingly significant for my family’s farm on the Essex coast. Almost all farms have diversified to a certain extent in recent years and our farm is certainly no exception, with lots of diversified enterprises going … Continue reading Sea Buckthorn: Britain’s Secret Superfruit
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Yesterday’s McStrike outside McDonald’s Headquarters and at various branches of the fast-food restaurant were declared as the first ever in the UK by McDonald’s workers. This is not true – there were employee sit-down strikes in the 80’s and 90’s and most of those who “striked” yesterday were protesters holding aloft Labour Party banners. Some of the protesters present were obviously first-timers … Continue reading The McStrike Stunt
BY JIM BROWNE Friday’s news that Spain had arm-twisted the EU into including a Spanish veto for Gibraltar in the Brexit negotiations didn’t come as much of a surprise to those of us who have watched the EU for most of their lives. Devious bunch. I cannot see there being any kind of a positive result to Brexit negotiations as firstly, the EU wants to … Continue reading Best Buy British
BY ANDY COLLIDGE When you are in a trade or business that is constantly frequented by the public, there inevitably comes that invariable onslaught of thoughts, opinions, requirements and self-indulgence. After only a very short while, you begin, not intentionally, to put people with similar attitudes and characteristics into certain categories. After a longer while at the mercy of the over-needy public, the more elevated of … Continue reading Customers Think They’re Always Right
BY JIM BROWNE I make two trips every week to the Tesco’s Superstore just a few miles from the Browne house. The first trip involves dropping my wife off and then pulling into a parking spot at The Red Lion next door. I confess I enjoy my Friday afternoon hour of freedom. A pint of cider goes down splendidly with pork scratchings and a chinwag with the locals. … Continue reading Walker’s Crisps: Salt & Too Much Lineker
BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN (In response to Jon Alexander’s The Customer is Always Right article.) A few weeks ago, I had a key cut in a little shop in town. Unfortunately, when I later tried it at home it didn’t work properly. It wasn’t the end of the world; these things happen. The next time I passed the shop I called in and told the proprietor. … Continue reading Customer Service?
BY JON ALEXANDER Ever wondered what it’s like in customer services when dealing with awkward customers? The need to remain ever-professional despite extremely testing scenarios and in the face of mounting stupidity? Well here’s a brief description of the “glamorous” side of the job from me – a man that has significant experience. I’ve decided to categorise some of my more troublesome customers over the … Continue reading The Customer is Always Right
BY LAWRENCE GRAHAMS Lawrence is a Countryside Business Owner & Government Adviser on Brexit “We want Article 50 now!” shout many of those Britons who voted for Brexit. Brexit means Brexit and we need to invoke Article 50 now, right? Wrong. Clearly we now have Gina Miller’s legal challenge to the Government’s authority before invoking Article 50. Remember, this is not a direct challenge to Brexit, … Continue reading Countryside Business & Article 50