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Stephen’s Blog

Welcome to the blog of Stephen Fear. Businessman, Doctor of Business Administration, Author, Former Entrepreneur in Residence & Ambassador of the British Library, Philanthropist. Based UK, France, USA – twitter @fearstephen

All blogs written by Stephen Fear are for general information purposes only and express personal opinions, and do not necessarily constitute fact and should not be relied upon wholly or in part in the form of advice or in any other way. All content is designed for the enjoyment of the reader and is based on personal experience and opinions.

Invest in South Gloucestershire

Bristol is often cited in national newspapers and magazines as a great place to live and work, and that is undoubtably true, but the counties that border one of Britain’s great investment & lifestyle hotspots have their attractions too! South Gloucestershire lies to the North & West of Bristol and…

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Georgia – A Magical Place

Last summer I decided to take a trip to the cradle of winemaking, the beautiful Eastern European country of Georgia, considered historically to be the gateway to Asia. Accompanying me last year were, Paul Hinchcliffe, who teaches business studies at The University of the West of England and is someone…

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Bristol Arena

I have been talking with the Mayor, Marvin Rees and others over the last few weeks about the new arena and why it is essential that Bristol does not lose traction on this important issue. Whether you like Marvin or not is irrelevant. I know for a fact that he…

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The DNA of an Entrepreneur

Going back a year or two I appeared on the front cover of Talk Business, the magazine for entrepreneurs written by entrepreneurs. Above is a birthday card they send me later that year. So when I was asked the other day on twitter what I thought the difference was between…

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Why Social Enterprise Matters

Social Enterprise is a fairly new phrase in the English language but what does it actually mean? I started to think about this in more depth when I was asked to be the keynote speaker at the above conference in Stafford. Enterprise is vital for the success of any economy.…

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Entrepreneur in Residence 

When the British Library asked me to be their official EIR in 2011, it was an honour I was pleased to accept. The first Entrepreneur in Residence was the founder of BodyShop, Dame Anita Roddick, so I was following in hallowed footsteps. It is interesting to note that all EIRs…

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NatWest Business Awards

Everyone enjoys a pat on the back, whether it’s for winning an Olympic Gold, as British distance runner Sir Mo Farah has on four separate occasions, or by winning Wimbledon as another Britain, Sir Andy Murray famously did in 2013. Both men have won many titles and a raft of…

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Georgia On My Mind

When Louis Armstrong sang ‘Georgia On My Mind’ in 1931, he wasn’t thinking of a small independent democratic nation nestling in the Caucasus Mountains on the Black Sea but, on the 4th July this year, I certainly was. I was honoured to be invited by the Georgian Ambassador to Britain…

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Tiny Babies or a Bag Of Sugar

Lucy Air Ambulance is a national charity based in London, but running an important national service for seriously ill children from Exeter Airport to places such as Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool. Leon & I spent an afternoon with the charity following my keynote speech to an affluent audience in the…

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My Interview for MUTV

I was surprised to receive a phone call from documentary film maker John Gubba and the team at MUTV, the official Manchester United television channel during October last year. John asked whether I would be interested in giving a thirty minute interview about my life and love of Manchester United…

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Sympathetic Development Matters!

At Fear Group we have specialised in obtaining planning approval for nearly 50 years. For us it has always been about working with landowners, planning officers and, most importantly, the local community, to achieve a result which works for everyone. As an example, in 2007 we started the process of…

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The Great British Pub

When I was Entrepreneur in Residence at The British Library in London, people often used to ask me what business they should go into. In fact, people still do! My answer was, and is, always the same, find something that you love and then find a way of turning it…

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The Importance of Planning Officers

Property is such an important part of everything we do that good robust planning regulation is vital in keeping urban sprawl in check. The Green Belt was first mooted in 1935 and then introduced in 1947 as part of The Town & Country Planning Act, so that our Cities, Towns,…

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Monday’s Free Tip – Think Positive

Positive thinking is often said to be important in any rise to business success but in my opinion it is much more than that. It isn’t just business which benefits from positive thinking, it’s society, community, families and individuals too. Positive thinking is the thing that glues all other self…

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