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.

Home’s Are Not Just An Asset Class!

According to a report in The Economist the American Housing Market is the world’s largest asset class, worth $26 trillion, more that America’s entire stock market. If Donald Trump really wants to build a wall then perhaps he should dig up the dollars buried beneath the surface in this massive…

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Henbury School – Ambition Respect Creativity

I had the great honour of being invited to an evening celebrating the outstanding achievement of pupils at Henbury School in Bristol last Thursday. It was amazing! Simply that, Amazing. Watching the students coming up to collect prizes and receive enthusiastic accolades from teachers, and particularly other pupils was heartwarming.…

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Somewhere in Time!

We are pleased to be backing a new handmade soap business under the brand “Somewhere in Time” created and owned by brilliant product designer Elizabeth Phillips. Hand made and lovingly created in England with incredible attention to detail this exceptional range of handmade gift soap and creams will be available…

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Britton House

Students across the UK will have had their results by now which for huge numbers of young adults means the potential beginning of a prosperous working life. Those fortunate enough to have acquired a university education are better equipped than most to enter the job market. They are also more…

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Buy The Best

‘Time’ is the thing life itself is made of and is therefore the most valuable thing we have, so spending it wisely is essential to overall happiness and success. I am always sad when I hear people saying “oh I’m just wasting a few hours while I wait” those hours…

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre – Long John Silver & All!

I have always loved the theatre, and particularly Britain’s oldest continuously working theatre, Bristol’s famous Old Vic which opened in 1766. This wonderful little theatre is located in King Street, which reputedly is where the famous pirate Long John Silver, a character in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island, used…

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Never Let Your ‘Cash’ River Run Dry!

It is often said that “Cash Is King” but if that is true then surely “Cash flow Is Queen”! Cash flow is the lifeblood of any business and allows the enterprise to survive long enough to reap larger rewards, whether that is when the business is sold or when larger…

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The Meaning of Real Business

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is possibly the most respected business institution in the UK, and Lloyds Bank PLC, one of its most reputable banks. Together these Titans of business and finance sponsor one of the most prestigious award programmes in Britain. The Real Business Awards held annually in…

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Entrepreneurs – Don’t Be Railroaded By A Coach!

It used to be said when waiting ages for a bus “don’t worry, three will come along in a minute” that observation might well apply to so called business coaches today! I have nothing against business coaches providing they are suitably qualified, which sadly, many, if not most, are not.…

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Happy Birthday Beacon

I was privileged last Friday to be asked by Arwyn Jones, Chief Executive of Beacon Centre for The Blind in Wolverhampton, to cut the ribbon on the opening of the UK’s (and probably the worlds) first opticians owned and operated by a charity and to speak at their 140th birthday…

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Growing Business Awards

Someone asked me recently whether I thought accolades and awards matter to entrepreneurs and businesses when surely all that matters is profit. I replied that this view of most business people is a complete misconception. Most entrepreneurs that I meet are giving individuals-yes, they want to make a profit –…

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A Home For Life!

We hear almost daily that there simply aren’t enough houses being built! But why not? There are many reasons but the most obvious two are land supply and the granting of planning permission. Why should there be a problem with land supply when factually only around 9% of land in…

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