I run all of the businesses I’m involved with from my home office in Hastings. Most people who know of me probably know me as a chocolatier, I founded Green & Blacks, the organic, Fair Trade chocolate company, with my wife back in 1991. But I’ve been busy since the 70s. I’ve done, been and started innumerable things in my career, I’ve been a grocer, a baker, the owner of Seed, the first ever organic magazine, had a restaurant and shop. I sold the Beatles’ their famous Afghan coats, oh and my brother Gregory invented the the Vegeburger. We trademarked it as nobody had use the word before. It’s been a wild ride.
Since founding Green & Blacks I’ve been increasingly involved in all things organic and Fairtrade. I’ve been the chairman of the Soil Association, I founded Carbon Gold, the world-leading biochar company, and I helped my son with Gusto Cola, his organic drinks company.
These days everything I’m working on happens here. I have a saddle chair to try to keep my back straight when I’m sitting down, though most of the time I work standing using my adjustable desk riser. The VHS cassettes on the shelf above my desk have all now been digitised.