Author Martin Kirby

What have you got buried?

Are you a dog with a bone? I am. It is an invaluable business skill and one of the few I possess, but it has always held me in good stead. The analogy works perfectly for me, and this is why. The dog instinctively knows the bone is valuable and worth gritting teeth for, fighting…

Heroes And Heroines

We all have them, don’t we? In business mine are the people of passion and principle who never let their morals, core aims and beliefs, be sacrificed by an easier, compromised route to growth, and they refuse to be bullied. You don’t have to change the world, you don’t have to grow. But I firmly…

Gut feeling? Go to the fair

Everyone’s a foodie. People smile when a laden plate is put in front of them. Our optimism levels lift when we are well fed and watered. While there are many things people think they can’t live without, food and drink are two body and soul imperatives, making that industry one of the most complex, competitive,…

Tick tock, tick tock

Our priceless tree logo bears many fruits. Spare yourself a second or three to study it. Drawn by our then 11-year-old niece Rosa and our 6-year-old daughter Ella it holds all things precious not least the colours of life, diversity and optimism. It represents not only our business but reminds us also of the greater…

Is there a teenager in the house?

I don’t know about you, but running a micro business requires a filter to sift out the chaff from the precious wheat when it comes to computers and gadgetry. What do you really need? I am ageing while the world is modernising with ever-increasing velocity, and in an effort to cultivate some savvy my stupid…

Making do is no longer an option

OK, let me start to paint you a picture of office life at Mother’s Garden, the English/Catalan micro business based in a little office in our old farmhouse in The Priorat, Catalunya, north east Spain. It will be self evident why we need to evolve. Perhaps this is how things are for a few of…

Work within reason, wise Dad advised

My father, who worked for himself all his life, either alone or running his small business, said to anyone thinking of going for it (me included) that it would take ten years to get established. I couldn’t see that at the time but I now fully understand what he was getting at. Dad died in…

More than just a brand

I told you last week that “back in 1998-9 our instinct was to radically change the course of our lives”, promising to tell you this week just how, where and why. That was a tad ambitious for one small blog, but here are the bones. Mother’s Garden is more than a brand; it is a…

Are you up for an adventure?

This is the ongoing tale of one tiny business – Mother’s Garden – and our journey, the lessons and never-ending learning, the pain and the glee. And I tell it in the sincere hope it will both enlighten and entertain everyone who wants to, or already has, taken that dry-throat, adrenalin-rush step to independence and…

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