CSG: iTea and Biscuits

Posted on www.csg.co.uk/blog on November 8th 2016 http://www.csg.co.uk/blog/itea-and-biscuits/ As you’ll know if you’re reading this blog, waste matters but at CSG, we also know that so do a few other things, such as being a good neighbour – which has led to yet another example of our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. We were delighted to be …

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Do You Need Some Resonation?

Are you looking to create compelling communications that invite the reader to go much further than simply consuming information?  With a degree in Marketing and over 20 years’ experience in the field, here’s how I can add resonation to your company’s communications: Analysis – Understanding your customers’ behaviour types by interrogating the data you hold on …

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CSG: Waste Matters More

Posted on www.csg.co.uk/blog on November 2nd 2016 http://www.csg.co.uk/blog/waste-matters-more/ In 2002, CSG did something rather amazing and we’re about to do it again! Fourteen years ago, we commissioned Nigel Watson, a respected corporate historian, to write a definitive ‘History of Cleansing Service Group’. In 2016, we’re about to launch the updated version! The original book was (and …

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CSG Attend High Tide Foundation Ball

Posted on http://www.csg.co.uk/blog on October 17th 2016 http://www.csg.co.uk/blog/csg-attend-high-tide-foundation-ball/ In September, CSG were proud to attend the prestigious High Tide Foundation Fundraising Ball in the opulent surroundings of Wynyard Hall near Middlesbrough. Created to improve learning and employment opportunities for the young people of Teesside, the High Tide Foundation hold this annual event as an opportunity …

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Shakespeare: The World as a Stage

Shakespeare: The World as a Stage  (Bill Bryson) I love reading Bill Bryson’s work.  There, I said it.  Some works of his I have loved more than others but I can’t say I’ve ever read anything he’s written that I haven’t enjoyed.  Enjoyment is therefore a minimum expectation when it comes to Bryson.  The real question I …

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Book Review

I’ve always loved to read.  At times, my interest in reading has lapsed and at others, I’ve wished I had more time to read more often.  Whenever I’ve found myself with enough time, like on holidays, I found I always rediscovered the simple pleasure of reading. People talk about ‘binge-watching’ of entire TV series as …

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The Greatest Legacy?

Since Muhammad Ali’s death was announced yesterday, there’s been a flurry soundbites, platitudes and #RIPMuhammadAli hashtags floating about on social media – and I confess, I’m responsible for a number of them.  What can this blogpost possibly add to such a weight of collective emotion? Well, this, I hope:  It’s an understandable reaction to the loss of an icon of our …

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Archive: The Importance of Being Honest…

First published on 17th October 2012 on http://www.robinsonsequestrian.com …or ‘Who on Earth are Feefo and Why are they Emailing Me?’ If you’ve placed an order from Robinsons this year, it’s likely you’ll have received an email from a company called Feefo in the days and weeks that followed to ask you to rate the items and …

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Archived: Fancy an early night? ;-)

First published on 15th December 2008 on http://www.robinsonsequestrian.com If you’ve received your Sale Catalogue and you’ve found something you like, I invite you to go to bed early tonight, just like I’ll be doing. As you’ll no doubt already know, our Winter Sale starts online tomorrow morning at the less-than-Godly hour of 3am and we all …

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Archive: How ‘Antlers for Horses’ Became Popular

First published on 9th November 2012 on http://www.robinsonsequestrian.com Sometimes, the success of something is all about being in the right place at the right time. We could never have predicted the success of such a silly product as the Horse Head Antler which first appeared in a Robinsons catalogue in 1992. This ‘silly’ product has since stood …

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Archive: Robinsons Launch ‘Rider Rewards’!

First published on 11th December 2012 on http://www.robinsonsequestrian.com Robinsons, the UK’s number one equestrian provider is pleased to announce the launch of a new customer points programme to help riders get the most from their horsey purchases – and we’re calling it ‘Rider Rewards’. We’re all familiar with the idea of so-called ‘loyalty schemes’, many of …

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Archive: Robinsons and the Royal Mail – What You Need to Know…

First published on 15th October 2009 on http://www.robinsonsequestrian.com As you may have seen on the news, the country is about to face a period of strikes by postal workers. Naturally, you’ll be concerned that all mail order will therefore become totally unreliable and to be honest, who could blame you? If you’re still reading at this point, …

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Archive: The Perils of Success

First published on 23rd April 2008 on http://www.robinsonsequestrian.com As seasoned readers of this blog may attest, much of my information from the outside world comes from the BBC website.  On one of my many forays there recently, I came across a story which made me grimace. The story was (believe it or not) ‘Riot Fears Absent Ahead …

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Archive: Basingstoke – Our Opening Gambit

First published on 13th March 2010 on http://www.robinsonsequestrian.com Before I talk about our forthcoming store at Basingstoke and our reasons behind the way we do store openings, let me apologise for neglecting to write an entry on here for about three months. Yes, it’s been a busy three months but I like to post something on here …

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Archive: Virtual Insanity*

First published on 4th March 2011 on http://www.robinsonsequestrian.com It’s a Friday afternoon and I’m very conscious that I haven’t blogged yet about our forthcoming new website, in the way that I have about our forthcoming new Cardiff store. There’s so much I’d like to say about our new website, what’s going to be better about it and …

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Archive: Our Leeds Store Will Open… …As Soon As We Announce It!

First published on 15th December 2014 on http://www.robinsonsequestrian.com Since we announced an intention to open our fifth store in Hunslet, Leeds, we’ve been inundated with questions about when it’ll open. I guess that’s not surprising but it’s still great to see how warmly we’re being welcomed by the local equestrian community. While we’ve needed a few weeks …

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Archive: New Catalogue, New Thinking

First published on 25th March 2008 on http://www.robinsonsequestrian.com One of the pitfalls of being involved in any sort of publishing is that you often forget what the time of year is. The relentless need for monthly magazines to produce next month’s issue (often with the following month shown on the cover) by the end of this month …

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Archive: The World of the Smaller Catalogues

First published on 7th February 2013 on http://www.robinsonsequestrian.com As HMV, Blockbusters, Jessops and many others have found recently, if something can be downloaded these days, there’s far less demand for the physical version of it. While we’ve certainly noticed that we don’t sell the same proportion of books and DVDs that we used to, thankfully, most of …

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Archive: For Those About To Complain – We Salute You

First published on 28th June 2011 on http://www.robinsonsequestrian.com Last week, we were concerned to read a thread of comments on the Horse & Hound Forum in which we were the subject of some criticism.  Our new website was the topic and it received most of the comments but other points were made which were not …

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Why It’s Still Okay to Admit Liking ‘Top Gear’

Picture the scene.  It’s Sunday evening, just before eight, around the time when, for the last decade or more, upto seven million people start to think about gaining tactical possession of the remote control.  For many, the highlight of their televisual week is about to start. Over recent Sundays, these time-honoured manoeuvres have been unnecessary.  Why? Because the …

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Archived: Why our future should keep you up all night

Originally published as a FB Note, on 5 May 2010 at 21:45 Winston Churchill once said “democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried”. Considering it was the very system that he so famously fought to defend, it seems odd to see that he would damn it with …

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Archived: Life on Mars or Dark Side of the Moon?

Originally published as a FB Note, on 17 July 2008 at 00:06 Inflation, oil price rises and public sector strikes. Turn on the news and you’d be forgiven for wondering if you’d suffered the same fate as Sam Tyler in ‘Life on Mars’ and woken up in the 1970’s. Even the England football team are joining …

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Archived: If You Must Complain, Do The Math(s) First!

Originally published as a FB Note, on 20 May 2008 at 22:12 Every so often, a story arises that supports my own adage that ‘common sense isn’t that common’. Here’s this week’s new entry: As you may know, last Saturday was a wall-to-wall Six Nations day on BBC1. Having expensively acquired the rights to cover …

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England Should Expect Less and Understand More

There’s a lot of crap written and spoken about football, and more particularly the England team whenever a major tournament comes around so with the assurance that there is safety in numbers, it’s probably the safest time to venture my own opinions on the matter. The problem, I believe, is that for a few weeks …

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Hi. Come Here Often?

Welcome to my site – what’s been keeping you since your last visit? Well hasn’t it been a crap year?  I hope you’re healthy and keeping well – and perhaps thinking of ways to make 2021 a decent year after the write-off that is this year. Here’s hoping for a swift return to normality; to …

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Music

Things I’ve endeavoured to learn over the years – on the guitars I’ve collected in that time.   ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ (arr. Kiss) A friendly message to our friends over the pond as you vote to decide your next President.  It’s ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ on a Fender Stratocaster by someone in a Gap sweater and …

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Photography

My favourite photograph of every month. To view my full online portfolio of images, please visit my Flickr page.