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.

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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Newport – A Positive Vision For The Future

Newport in South Wales is a city of slightly less than 150,000 people but whose strategic location may see it rise to punch well above its growing population weight in future years. It’s industrial heritage is everywhere to be seen but since the demise of heavy industry in the area,…

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Digital Tuesday

Leon & I were pleased to be the keynote speakers at Digital Tuesday in Newport on August the 4th.Usually this event takes place at the five star resort of Celtic Manor on the edge of the M4 at Newport. Famous for hosting many prestigious events such as the Ryder Cup…

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Friends

I visited a very old friend of mine on Saturday July 4th! With the usual bottle of red wine in hand I arrived in the beautiful Cotswold village of Painswick near Stroud to visit someone I had known most of my adult life. Many people will think me mad for placing…

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Sir David Jason – A legend in his own lifetime

Over the years I have met many people who have impressed me including various members of international royalty, two former U.S. presidents and a potential future one. But never have I wanted to meet someone who many British people consider ‘family’ more than I have David Jason! Last night in…

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Why I Believe in Bristol

Belief is one of the most powerful emotions a person can have! Belief in yourself particularly is vital if you are to succeed at anything worthwhile. All this FIFA nonsense made me think about football and more importantly Bristol more regarding that subject. I wonder why some teams get to…

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Feel The Fear & Do It Anyway!

Fear is an emotion felt by everyone at some time in their lives, but for some it controls their very existence. Fear of going out – agoraphobia – is one such fear. Fear of staying in – Claustrophobia – is another. Vertigo, the fear of heights is yet another. Atychiphobia,…

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Creating A National Powerhouse

The below article written by Stephen Fear was originally featured on the Huffington Post on 30th April 2015: Mark Twain once said “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore” he was right of course, but does it matter? In fact land isn’t really scarce at all! The whole of the American…

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A Bridge Too Far

Image of 2nd Severn Crossing Andy-Campbell-Jones-Flickr.jpg The two bridges that cross the Severn river between Bristol in the west and South Wales in the east have been economic generators for decades, but there is one idea which in my opinion would help market the area better and promote the newly…

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