Learning's From Kashalnagar
I’m in, I’ll do it, I’ve always wanted to do it, it’ll be a walk in the park, I’ll find my own way, I’ll go alone, cannot wait………Cue Manchester terminal 2, 5pm, what the hell have I done! I found myself stressed, where will I stay first night, how do I get there, what should I pay, will there be massive cockroaches…Stress turned back to pride when the pleasant fella next to me, was genuinely in awe of my imminent adventure….his wife snoring next him, she had booked fully inclusive, with an extensive non-curry …
Posted by Gareth on 12/12/2012
Coffee, Trainers And A Trip To India
Is there such a thing as the perfect job?
I’m still undecided; I think I will always believe the perfect job is some Charity work coupled with a favourite hobby backed up by a lottery win in the bank! When a 4am alarm only goes when you have a holiday flight to catch, never for a grey morning in Milton Keynes let’s say!
Ok, well is the grass greener?
Would you ever leave a very steady, promising role, filled with opportunity……gamble it all, to work with a new company, making …
Posted by Gareth on 16/10/2012
As A Company We Thrive Off Feedback
As a company we thrive off feedback, the good the bad and the outrageous and I had to share the below with you from a coffee judge who tried our Great With Friends coffee. As a company about to go through a brand strategy this humorous frank synopsis on our packaging speaks volumes and comments like this will form part of our discussions. We have to admire these two guys - they're doing the kind of job the Judges want to be doing. But rather than just sit around moaning that so-and-so coffee is a duffer, they've …
Posted by Paddy on 01/10/2012
My Personal Journey
There is a point on my journey from London to our head office in Suffolk, where literally all possible forms of communication stop, phone signal goes to zero, sat-nav gets all confused, even the radio stops playing. I’ve made this part of my journey my deep-in-thought section. Today when I hit this stretch, and settled in to thought I realised that I absolutely love the most fundamental part of my job at Paddy & Scott’s….I get to introduce people, every day, to coffee.
You are probably thinking, how could this clown ‘introduce’ us to coffee, everyone knows coffee, most of us …
Posted by Gareth on 13/09/2012
We're On A Mission!
It's been far too long since our last blog so I thought I'd stop what I'm doing and drop you guys a line to let you know what we've been up to here at the Bean Barn. Firstly, and I don't want to sound political but someone needs to tell the press and government ministers that small companies are definitely open for business. It's not just us but many business people I speak to are telling me in hushed tones they are doing OK, growing steadily and employing new staff. Only yesterday I was being shown around a new …
Posted by Scott on 20/08/2012
Paddy Bishopp - Welcome Home
The fact it has taken me two days to write this since we triumphantly finished our cycle ride 723 miles later at Brandeston Hall shows how hectic our normal lives are. It is amazing to be back with the family and I have already had the school run, watched my eldest play cricket and enjoy a fantastic home cooked spaghetti Bolognese with the whole family firing questions at me about the trip. Along that I returned to our new headquarters at The Bean Barn yesterday to one of the most hectic days in the office I can remember and then …
Posted by Paddy on 19/06/2012
Paddy Bishopp - Very Lucky With The Weather
End of day 7 and at out our Travel Lodge ( they generously sponsored us with free rooms) just outside Lincoln by 4pm which is our earliest finish but then we only did 79 miles today. 6 days ago I would never have said 'only did 79 miles today' but day by day we have definitely got stronger and do not flinch at 30 miles after lunch, the cycling is also very different now as we are in the flat of Lincolnshire. Yesterday was our last hilly day as we headed to York and there are not many more …
Posted by Paddy on 15/06/2012
Paddy Bishopp - English Hills V Scottish Hills
It is the morning of Day 6 and today the legs are stiffer than normal. Days 4 and 5 were always going to be the toughest days but day 5 was particularly hard. Why? Because the hills in England have been steeper than the ones in Scotland.
When I signed up for this 700 mile charity cycle ride from John O Groats to Brandeston I must confess I thought that days 1-6, through Scotland and the borders, would all be tough. I just pictured long steep hills going on for ever but in the Highlands and along the …
Posted by Paddy on 14/06/2012
World's Best Summer Job!
How would you like to be trained how to make coffee by one of the World's top barista's then given the opportunity to be part of the famous Paddy and Scott's Bean Bug team this summer at the Royal Geographical Society in Chelsea, London from 21st June - 14th August as the sole coffee supplier to The Travel Photographer of the Year Expo which is hosted at this fabulous London address.
We are looking to recruit passionate team members...sounds like an episode from Sir Alan Sugar's Apprentice! It gets better - The hours are wonderfully laid …
Posted by Scott on 13/06/2012
Paddy Bishopp - Punctures And Accidents But Still Smiling
Well, we have just finished day 3, completed 243 miles and very surprisingly but luckily we all feel great. Being late with one of our hardest days tomorrow (90 miles with some major hills) I will not go into too much detail as i need some sleep but I can say over the three days, amongst some huge frustrations, I have had a constant smile on my face.
The scenery has been amazing, the highlight today being the road just after Pitlochry (see photo), we have been lucky with the weather (just some light drizzle but most importantly …
Posted by Paddy on 11/06/2012