Oh the snow outside is…delightful


Winter is always welcome to me – mainly because it means I can indulge in skiing, one of my big sporting passions. I am a big believer that exercise keeps you young and strong. Age is no barrier to being physically active – in fact, I’d say that you can’t stop exercising when you’re older, just because perhaps you’re not as good at it as you once were, and expect to keep strong and fit. Keeping active keeps your body working at its best and keeps your mind sharp. When you accept that exercise brings a plethora of health benefits, such as increased bone density, reduced blood pressure, increased muscular strength and power, and improved balance, it seems obvious that we should make the time to move our bodies.

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Risking success

I’ve been thinking about risk and self-belief recently, and the close relationship they have. To me, the ability to take risk is one of the things that defines an entrepreneur.Steve Jobs would take huge risks and people would say they were “calculated” – but by its very nature risk is still risk and you can only predict so much. The question is: how do you think about risk so it doesn’t stop you moving forward?

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Bring me sunshine….

I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but here in the UK autumn is, so-far, a bit of a grey affair. It’s around this time of year that I start to miss the warmth of the South of France, where we spend a lot of the year on our boat – and start to look to where I can get a sunshine top up. For Lorna and I, as for many people, the answer is a winter break in the Caribbean.

Swapping leaden skies and puddles for blue horizons and soft sand beaches seems like a great deal to me. But I think you do need to be careful where you book to avoid the crowds who agree! As the founder of a luxury holiday provider I’ve been lucky enough to experience a lot of the Caribbean and discover some of its unexpected corners, beautiful and untouched by the rampant commercialism of many of the bigger islands. If you want a relaxing break with a difference then here are my top three suggestions for a sunshine break this winter….

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The business of success: ten top traits every entrepreneur should have

I’ve been in business for many, many years and set up many companies. Some have been successful, some less so – but one thing that has stayed constant is my love of business. I am always looking for the next opportunity and I love the energy and challenge of bringing new products to market. I have a strong entrepreneurial character, and through the years I have done much thinking on what actually makes an entrepreneur – is it an innate talent, is it learned through experience, can it be taught? I am still unsure, but I do know there are certain traits a person needs to be successful in business. Here are the ten traits I think are essential for an entrepreneur to have…. Continue reading


African dreams

As a South African by birth I have a great attachment to my home country. I don’t think I am being biased to say it has stunning scenery, wonderful weather, interesting cities and great food and wine. South Africa, and in fact, Africa in general, is, in my opinion, only just really beginning to fulfil its potential in tourism. So I am always really interested to read about people’s experiences there. This week I have been doing a little wish list compilation on places to go and things to see and do on the continent on some of my favourite travel blogs. If you need inspiration to visit, then one of my top five posts will definitely get you booking your ticket to explore.

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(Short) break the mould…

Summer might have bowed out now for another year – in the UK, where I live at least – but there’s definitely time for an autumn/fall break before the ski season starts (no rest, it’s a big world to explore….!) Reading some of my favourite travel blogs recently I’ve been getting some great ideas for a short trip for Lorna and I before winter sets in – my only stipulation is that there has to be the outside chance of blue skies and a great mix of interest and relaxation on offer. I’ve narrowed it down to a shortlist of five destinations that inspire me. Hopefully they will inspire you too….and if you have any great suggestions of your own I’d love to hear them. Tweet me your tips on @normanpeiresContinue reading


Hot topics

Lorna and I are still in the south of France, having a great time and enjoying the gentle rhythms of beautiful Beaulieu. The weather is wonderful here; in fact it was so hot today that my phone actually stopped working – something that has never happened to me before! I believe it’s just a result of a particularly warm summer in France – the south in particular can get scorching in high season – but I know that there are others who would take this as an example of how the world as a whole is heating up.  Continue reading


All together now

On the 24th July my children started arriving from around the globe for the wedding of my son Grant and his partner Enrica. My eldest, Maxine, was the first to arrive from California, followed by my son Guy, his wife Milou and their daughter, Ona, from New York. And then, the next day, my daughter Jenna, her husband Bear and their children – four-and-a-half-year-old Jack and two-and-a-half-year-old Stella – arrived from Australia. Their destination was our house in Buckinghamshire, which our kids have nicknamed Southfork, as it’s set on three acres and big enough to house them all.  Justin, my stepson, is living with us at the moment so he was also in residence with his three boys Sebastian, Fabien and Raphael.

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Step off the beaten track

I’m an avid traveller, and one of the things I love about globetrotting is the chance it gives you to surprise yourself with new things – whether places, experiences, food or people. Which is why I like to explore destinations I might not have even thought of going to. I’m a big reader of travel blogs – both as an interested travel blogger myself and as a travel enthusiast – and I take inspiration from them as to where to go next. Planning our next break, I’ve been inspired by some unusual ideas away from the typical seaside and sun lounger mix. Here are my five top suggestions for summer breaks with a difference, from some of the internet’s top travel blogs…where would you recommend? Tweet me your tips on @normanpeires…

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The doctor will see you now

Healthcare-sizedI’ve been having some interesting conversations recently with a company called Red & Yellow Care, which is a new disruptive force in UK health provision. I love disruptive innovation because some markets really need to be shaken up with fresh ways of thinking – and healthcare in the UK is one. There are a lot of gaps in our healthcare system, and not just in the NHS but in the provision of healthcare overall, throughout the UK.

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