What Would You Do Differently if You Could?

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For me it was becoming a shop-keeper. I’d taken up politics in a big way and took the opportunity my employer provided to take voluntary redundancy.

What to  do with that lump sum?

Why, open a shop, of course!

Nothing wrong with the idea in principle, nor the detailed plan – if only we’d stuck to the plan! Instead we were seduced by a man who had a small shop selling his home made ready meals. He was moving into larger commercial premises and needed someone to take on the lease of his shop and continue to sell his products as well as all the usual deli items.

Great for a few months, until he lost a big contract and had to close the manufacturing unit.

The location was all wrong for that kind of shop without his USP.

Supermarkets were starting to develop their own deli counters.

We learned…

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