Leading the future

Developing leadership skills

Leading the future of business in our country will be down to group of very special individuals.  Great business leadership is the correct application of a set of leadership tools. The tools are applied in a way that suits the individual leaders style.  When done really well,  the leader  achieves the aims of all of the business stakeholders.  We know good leaders learn how to get the best from these tools from other good leaders.

That’s why we were really pleased to be part of the initial BEIS Peer Network  which comes to a close at the end of March.  We have had the joy of running two cohorts for the Cumbria LEP

Peer groups to share leadership experience

The twenty businesses we worked with had eight action learning sets to learn from each others experiences. They were all held online and facilitated by the wonderful Jacqui Jackson and Tina Cook  . Over fifty topics were covered:

Barriers and Enablers for 2021
Brexit impact on farming
Building confidence
Building new opportunities without face-to-face relationships
Cashflow and Financing growth
Closing deals under COVID. How much virtual work v face to face can be done ?
Communication internal and external
Continuous Improvement approaches
Creativity using SCAMPER
Delegation
De-risking and scoping options for growth
De-risking new initiatives
Difficult decisions in partnerships
Entrepreneurial Leaders and the role of good managemet
Family business issues
Finding the right role as a Director in an SME
Forward planning and what COVID Lockdown 3 has done to that plan
Future planning
Getting staff engagement and ownership
Home v office working
How and when to change accountant
How to make inroads into new market/sector with existing capabilities
Improving productivity using technology and taking your customers with you
Leadership & management
Leadership & management (balancing urgent and important)
Leadership Styles
Letting go and developing a new role
Managing relationships in a family business
Managing staff
Marketing ;brand, usp ,social media
Marketing and launching new product into marketplace
Marketing and using external providers
Measuring people performance effectively
New technology
People and team accountabilities (right bum on right seat)
People, retaining motivated employees through delegation and autonomy
Pivoting
Planning for growth but need to fix internal systems (CRM)
Pricing
Prioritising decisions
Prioritising tasks
Promoting someone to managerial role in an SME
Quality standards
Quality systems
Recruitment
Recruitment (Kick Starter Scheme)
Restructuring
Restructuring and digitising sales systems
Risk management ; communication and transparency in Tier 5 situation
Situational leadership
Skills & confidence
Social media
Staff benefits
Succession planning
Time management and prioritising
Use of good open questions

One to one conversations to develop the use of business tools

The one to one sessions were ran by Jacqui Jackson and Keith Jackson.  In the sessions we gave the businesses focused time to explore the opportunities open to them.

The sessions were built around five types of conversations:

  • Business Focused Coaching

We worked with the business to help develop/improve the business skills they felt needed attention.

  • Mentoring

We acted as an honest confidential mentor.  This allowed us to work with the business leader to develop and improve their leadership style within their business.

  • Business Model Canvas

We used Strategyzers Business Model Canvas to help reassess or develop their business plan.

  • Value Proposition Canvas

We worked with the business on their Value Proposition to help develop a product idea or scope a market.

  • Vision (BHAG) and Objective Setting

This was for some real open future thinking, we used a mixture of tools to help the business define their ‘Big Hairy Audacious Goals’ and set objectives on how they could get there.

Towards the future

It was a joy to work with these businesses as we all moved in and out of lockdowns in the transition from 2020 to 2021.  Leadership is about learning from your surroundings and having the confidence to take people forward. We have learned from the cohorts and are sure they have learned from 2020 and 2021.  Thomas Jardine & Co is looking forward to the future and we would be happy to share your journey with you.

To find out more contact us Hello@thomasjardineandco.co.uk 


A roadmap to our food and drink

Heading towards a post lockdown world we have just tidied our food map.

During the first lockdown we added what the various food and drink businesses were doing to support our community.

It is staggering to see that at least 100 businesses modified the way they traded.

We all owe these guys a huge vote of thanks.

In the early days they stepped into the unknown and provided us with some normality.  Then for a whole year they have continued to adapt their businesses.

As the new normal settles in we are sure they will continue to offer wonderful food and drink to us.

Treat yourself and your area.  hunt one of these folk down and buy some of their wonderful products.

If you are a producer and want us to update your details just give us a shout.

In no particular order here’s a taste of what some of these folk did, check them out via our map

Patersons Fresh Fruit and veg DELIVERED FRUIT AND VEG IN SW SCOTLAND SEE WEBSITE
Tony Harrison’s Butchers Butchers in Cockermouth with a variety of locally made food available
Food Glorious Food OPEN 10:30 -3 FOR SHOPPPING OR COLLECTIONS SEE FACEBOOK
Cartmel Food Shed DELIVERED READY MEALS
Simply Fresh Gosforth DELIVERIES AND OPEN STORE SEE FACEBOOK
Paolo’s Fish and Chips DELIVERIES OF FISH AND CHIPS AND SO MUCH MORED
Julians Veg OPEN FOR FRUIT AND VEG
Dutch Uncle TAKEAWAY OR COLLECTION MEALS SEE FACEBOOK
Farm and Fell ONLINE SHOP AND WEEKLY SPECIAL SEE WEBSITE OR FACEBOOK
Romano Pizzeria PIZZAS & TIRAMISU FOR COLLECTION SEE FACEBOOK
The Good Sister SEE FACEBOOK DELIVER CAKES IN CARLISLE
Bake House Born and Bread DRIVE THROUGH ORDERS ALSO DO HANDMADE ICECREAM COMPANY STOCK SEE WEBSITE
Mawbray Cheese DELIVERED CHEESE ACROSS WEST CUMBRIA SEE WEBSITE & FACEBOOK
Another Weigh WORKING WITH THE CHOPPING BLOCK PENRITH
Star Fruits HOME DELIVERIES SEE WEBSITE
Chopping Block ORDER FOR COLLECTON SEE WEBSITE
Pie Demand PHONE ORDERS SEE FACEBOOK FOR CARLISLE DELIVERY & COLECTION
Cartmel Cheeses ONLINE ORDER SHHIPPED ON WEDNESDAY DELIVERED THURS-FRIDAY
McClures ORDER & COLLECT GROCERIES FROM HUBS AT FLOKBURGH KENDAL ULVERSTON & BROUGHTON
Craving Curries ONLINE SPICE KITS ORDERS SEE WEBSITE
Tony Harrison HOME DELIVERY MEAT EGGS MILK BUTTER EGGS SEE WEBSITE
Fishers Free Range Eggs DELIVER EGGS AND FRUIT AND VEG SEE FACEBOOK
Brysons of Keswick & Appleby Bakery HOME DELIVERY SEE WEBSITE & FACEBOOK
Windemere Wine ORDER WINE ONLINE FREE DELIVERY IN WINDEMERE AREA
Boxed Fresh DELIVERED FRUIT & VEG ACROSS CUMBRIA
JMP Foodservices HOME DELIVERY SERVICE SEE WEBSITE & FACEBOOK
Bells Fishmongers HOME DELIVERY AND SHOP OPEN SEE FACEBOOK AND WEBSITE
Kirby Lonsdale Brewery DELIVER BEER AND COFFEE 20 MILES AROUND KIRBY LONSDALE
Lakeland Artisan June 2020 Windermere shop open Thursday to Satndartisan.co.uk/ #supportlocalbusinesses #lakelandartisan #discount , PHYSICAL SHOPS CURRENTLY CLOSED.
Hawkshead Brewery ONLINE SHOP OPEN https://www.hawksheadbrewery.co.uk/brewery-shop.c.aspx AND BEER HALL OPEN AS TAKEAWAY
Eden Valley Meat company SEE FACEBOOK PAGE ORDERS CAN BE COLLECTED FROM FARM
Y-tea AVAILABLE ONLINE https://butlerslarder.co.uk/
Pappys Texas Barbeque AVAILABLE ONLINE SEE FACEBOOK PAGE
Penningtons Spirits & Liqueuers AVAILABLE INSTORES ACROSS CUMBRIA & FREE DELIVERY IN KENDAL AREA SEE FACEBOOK PAGE
Farrers AVAILABLE ONLINE SEE WEBPAGE
Grange Bakery OPEN TAKING ORDERS BETWEEN 8 & 12 SEE FACEBOOK
Lovingly Artisan OPEN AND AVAILABLE AT PLUMGARTHS CHECK FACEBOOK PAGE
Plumgarths Farm Shop FARMSHOP OPEN CHECK FACEBOOK
The Pie Mill AVAILABLE AT TEBAY SERVICES
Low Sizergh Barn page 4 OPEN FOR PHONE ORDERS CHECK FACEBOOK
Heritage Meats ONLINE OPEN CHECK WEBSITE
Ethical Dairy AVAILABLE ONLINE CHECK WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Huttons Chocolates AVAILABLE ONLINE SEE WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Low Howgill Butchers & deli OPEN AND HOME DELIVERIES CHECK FACEBOOK AND WEBPAGE
Cakes from the Lakes ONLINE ORDERS SEE WEBSITE
If I knew you were coming AVAILABLE VIA AMAZON SEE WEBPAGE
Annettes Baking in a Box OFFERING RECIPES ONLINE SEE FACEBOOK PAGE
Stonehouse Smokery AVAILABLE ONLINE CHECK WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Fell Brewery ONLINE SOON CHECK FACEBOOK TWITTER AND WEBSITE
The Coffee Kitchen bakery EMAIL YOUR ORDER IN SEE WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Evas Organics DELIVERING ORGANIC FRUIT & VEG BOXES NOW AT CAPACITY SEE FACEBOOK & WEBSITE
Solway Spirits AVAILABLE ONLINE SEE WEBSITE ALSO PRODUCING SOME HAND SANITISER FOR FRONT LINE WORKERS
Helens Herbs DELIVERING CHECK WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Lakeland Artisan AVAILABLE ONLINE SEE WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Riverbank Catering CHECK THEIR FACEBOOK FOR UPDATES
Peace & Love Bakehouse CHECK THEIR FACEBOOK
Lake District Biltong ONLINE SHOP OPEN CHECK WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
The Chocolate Cottage ONLINE SHOP OPEN CHECK WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Ivy Cottage Bakery AVAILABLE IN UPPER EDEN SEE WEBSITE
Caterite Catering CLICK AND COLLECT SEE WEBSITE
Lakes Speciality Foods HOME DELIVERIES SEE WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Mansergh Hall Farm Hog Roast PIGS AVAILABLE FOR BUTCHERS CHECK FACEBOOK
Masala Bazaar AVAILABLE ONLINE SEE WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Laings of Harker DELIVERY OR COLLECTION SEE FACEBOOK
Creative Seafoods LOCAL DELIVERIES SEE FACEBOOK
Furness Fish Poultry & Game Supplies HOME DELIVERIES SEE TWITTER AND WEBSITE
Pioneer Food services OPEN  AT ROSEHILL CARLISLE MON-SAT SEE WEBSITE
Thornby Moor Dairy COLLECT OR GET CHEESES DELIVERED SEE FACEBOOK
Bruce and Lukes DELIVERY OF DONUTS IN CARLISLE SEE FACEBOOK
Keswick Brewery Company BEER DELIVERY SEE FACEBOOK ALSO SELLING ‘THIRST AID’ TO RAISE MONEY FOR LOCAL FOOD BANKS
Deer and Dexter MEAT DELIVERIES SEE WEBSITE OR FACEBOOK
Pioneer CLICK AND COLLECT AVAILABLE FROM ROSEHILL STORE AND STORE OPEN SEE FACEBOOK
Grasmere Gingerbread ONLINE ORDERS ACCEPTED AND POSTED