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In for a Penny: A Business Adventure by Peter Hargreaves

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Chapter 1: The Bake House and Beyond

A Father’s Son

I suspect the story of Hargreaves Lansdown really starts whilst I was at junior school. I had a distinct advantage over most people in that my first home was a flat above my father’s bake house. I came home for lunch every day from my junior school and likewise my grammar school was only a three-minute walk away. From an early age, therefore, I regularly served in the shop. My father, although he only went to school at seven and lacked self-confidence as a result, was nevertheless a great businessman. Universally known by his nickname Kendal Hargreaves (though his real name was Tom), he knew what a profit was, he knew how to deal with customers and he knew which customers not to deal with. ...

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