Thursday, 03 September 2015

Bannatyne tells Cumbrian businesses: 'make time for play'

Business supremo Duncan Bannatyne has given Cumbrian businesses some words of advice, telling them not to forget to ‘make time to play’.

af Duncan Bannatyne

The Dragon’s Den star has a lodge in the Lake District despite his hard-nosed business persona; he was keen to stress the importance of taking time out with family.

Speaking as guest editor of the In-Cumbria business newsletter, My Bannatyne said: “Whenever the kids are off school, I’m at play with them. Simple as that.

“If I could give one piece of advice to any businessperson it would be just that. Work hard but don’t forget to make time to play.

“Family time is sacrosanct and I will never give it up for anything. Ask anyone who really knows me and they will tell you that I’m at my happiest with my family around me... So at this moment in time, I’m at my happiest in Cumbria.”

Mr Bannatyne used money left over from the sale of his French villa to buy the lodge, where he relaxes when not doing business where he is based in the north-east.

The fiery Scot was also keen to praise the quality and variety of business in Cumbria.

He added: “There are a lot of quality businesses operating out of Cumbria that do rely on a strong, year-round visitor economy.

“From restaurants and cafes to places to visit and retailers, such as the Bowness butchers where I always go to buy fresh mince to make spaghetti Bolognese in my lodge.

“Fallbarrrow Park has been full of people and Bowness has been thriving with holidaymakers, which I’m sure will have provided a welcome boost to the tourist industry this year.”

Mr Bannatyne has been on top fire-breathing form on the current series of Dragon’s Den, which airs on BBC2 on Sunday nights.

However thankfully his advice for Cumbrian businesses was a little less harsh.

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