Often some sectors are perceived as being dominated by the older age groups. This may have a positive or negative effect on the future growth and development of the sector.
However , Paul Hargreaves is seeing a shift in direction in the speciality food sector, with the emergence of young and up and coming talent and entrepreneurs in the sector.
I don’t just think it’s because I am getting older, but I am sure there is a much higher number of younger people in the speciality food sector these days. It could well be a case of “don’t the policemen look young these days?” but I don’t think so We always need fresh impetus and these millennials can bring it. After all, their generation are now a percentage of our customers and this will increasingly be the case over the next years. Their energy is contagious and with some honing that generation is the future of our businesses. That does sound trite as this is obviously true across the business world, but in our sector there has been an over-dominance of the older age group, so we are more in need of the younger generation than others.