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.

Newport, So Good They Only Named it Once

The Secret is Out! When I first say to people who haven’t been there for years “Newport is Special” they often laugh. Newport! “Is A Special Case,Not A Special Place” someone once muttered! I don’t wish to be contrary, but these moaners & groaners are wrong! Why? Well, I’ll tell you. Firstly,…

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Do Awards Matter

In my opinion awards in life do matter for a number of reasons. Firstly they recognise that the recipient has done something extraordinary. They will have sold more, exported more, saved lives in the line of fire, or perhaps just been exemplary citizens. It is for this reason that I…

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WorldBook Day

We had a brilliant day at The British Library on WorldBook Day March the 5th 2015. Christina Gabbitas, the passionate author of children’s books, was my latest guest in my business book review series filmed within the Business & Intellectual Property Centre, or BIPC as it is better known. The…

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The Homeless Go In Two by Two

I visited an Ark this week! Rather than Noah as captain though this ark’s leader goes by the name of Dani Nash. Based on dry land in Stroud this ship of hope is designed to stop young people sinking, not in a sea of water, but in a sea of despair.…

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Britain, a Nation of Entrepreneurs

As we approach the UK General Election it is obvious that possibly for the first time ever, most, if not all, of the main political parties accept that the creation of wealth through free enterprise is the only real way toward general prosperity. Entrepreneurs are, by nature, calculated risk takers.…

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 Home Is Where The Heart is

A home is somewhere we can be ourselves. Somewhere we can dress how we like, slob out on the sofa with an Indian takeaway, or watch exactly what we like on TV! Sadly this isn’t the case for hundreds of thousands of young and old people across the United Kingdom.…

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A Matter of Kings & Queens  

One of the things often ignored by entrepreneurs is the importance of cash flow. Profit is clearly vital in the long run but unless you manage your cash flow your new business may not be around long enough to see any profit! Cash is often quoted as King, but is…

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Leadership

Leadership is about leading by example in a measured and thoughtful way more so that by shouting,bullying and lording it over people. Of course there are times when we need to be tough,but being tough is entirely different to being nasty. Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany both ruled by harsh…

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel

I was at St James Palace in London last night for drinks and to hear an inspirational speech made by HRH The Duke of York in support of the ‘Being Brunel’ project in Bristol. Brunel must rank as one of Britain’s most influential citizens over the last two hundred years,if…

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Business and All That Jazz!

I love both business and Jazz! And ever since I learnt that Lester Young, the renowned saxophonist was born on the same day as me, but many years earlier, I have particularly loved the saxophone. Born in 1909,Lester Young was a great friend of Billie Holiday, who was wonderfully portrayed…

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NATO came to Newport

NATO or to give it its full title The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was formed on the 4th of April 1949 and is headquartered in Brussels. With a remit for each member state to defend the others NATO has brought peace to many countries, although as is the nature of…

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An Independent Scotland and The Big Red Bus

Scotland is an amazing place with some of the friendliest people found anywhere on earth. Many years ago I broke down on the motorway just outside Glasgow. It was lashing down with rain and blowing a gale. The motorway was deserted as I wondered what to do next? It was…

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