These are not just steaks. These are aged steaks.
Any butcher can offer aged steaks.
Everything in this shop underlines quality and provenance. The elegantly cursive gilded logo, the nostalgic Plum Pudding notice on the wall evoking comforting Dickensian hints of Christmas, plenty, family and jollity, the bloodied aprons of the butchers, the carcasses they are constantly hefting...
There is an awful lot of pointless packaging around. By which I mean what I call the "stylised leaves" kind of pack design. The kind that looks blandly "nice", like stuff you've seen a lot of times before. It doesn't offend. But nor does it catch your eye. It's well behaved. The client and the designer probably went through long agonised discussions over it, to create something broadly similar to lots of other packaging. It doesn't say anything much.
There are some pointless products out there in pointless packaging.
Claire of Breckland Orchard, maker of posh pop, has all the freshness and zing of one of her drinks, and here she is to share her Four Things with you, in her words:
1. SHARE EVERYTHING YOU KNOW
"Sam Walton, the founder of Wal*Mart, had a great saying: ‘Share everything you can with your suppliers. The more they know, the more they'll understand. The more they understand, the more they'll care. Once they care, there's no stopping them’.
I was the Mars Account Director for Asda for several years, and although Sam’s words kind of made sense then, it’s only when I started my own business that they really hit home.
Last week I was invited to Net-A-Porter's offices for a fashion show. (Thank you very much, Alix Partners.) How does Net-A-Porter offer incredible value to its customers? With most items costing three figures, it's not exactly Primark.
I couldn't fathom it out, until a young professional woman from Alix Partners told me how:
asked Libby Gibson (pictured above) of Piper Private Equity to come up with 5 Things to Consider when going for private equity. Piper have worked with Boden, Bottlegreen, Las Iguanas, and many other brands. For more on their background and approach: www.piperprivateequity.com
Thank you, Libby.
Libby's 5 questions for you are:
1) Do you like the people? Firstly and most importantly, you need to ask yourself if you like the people. I describe it as like a marriage - they are going to be an integral part of your business for the next 3-5 years, so the right chemistry is vital.