That may seem a strange way to start a piece introducing Blanchards Bailey as the newest partner to Dorset Food and Drink, but bear with me…
When I was asked to write a few words introducing Blanchards Bailey to the members of DF&D, I wasn’t sure how to go about it. Don’t get me wrong. I can write. I can write letters of claim, settlement agreements, and court proceedings… I can also write punchy paragraphs setting out why Blanchards Bailey is one of the “go-to” law firms in the South West, how we’re an awarding winning law firm and recognised by the Legal 500. But honestly the last thing I wanted to do was write something that many of you will have seen before from other law firms or professionals. Besides, you can read all of that on our website or DF&D profile.
Instead, I went for the personal approach because that’s what I believe business and partnerships are all about. It doesn’t matter how good a brand or the people behind it are, if you don’t get along and can’t relate to each other or your shared values. And business relationships are built on doing business with people.
So, a big “thank you” to the team at Dorset Food & Drink for inviting Blanchards Bailey to be the organisation’s legal partner. The firm has been a supporter of DF&D for years and my colleagues and I have volunteered at the annual Christmas and summer festivals since 2017. Speaking for myself, the partners and the team at Blanchards Bailey, we are genuinely excited to be officially on board and are looking forward to the partnership over the coming years.
But more than that, I also wanted to say a huge “thank you” to the members of DF&D for making Dorset a genuinely unique place to enjoy food and drink. It’s perhaps easy to take for granted sometimes but, as someone who comes from out of county originally, I can promise you that the quality and availability of locally produced food and drink in Dorset is second to none. I moved to Dorset from Hampshire in 2011 and am constantly amazed by how much fantastic food and drink there is to be readily enjoyed on my doorstep.
Whether you’re involved in producing spirits, cider, coffee, beer, bread, chocolate, cheese, meat and fish… you name it, you create so much of what makes Dorset “Dorset”, and make it a very special place to live and work. So, thank you for that.
Although times continue to test all of our mettle as businesses in Dorset, food and drink is still able to bring us together in ways that very few other experiences can at present. I have no doubt that will continue to be the case.
And with that in mind, on behalf of Blanchards Bailey, we look forward to meeting and working with you very soon! Fundamentally, we are here to engage, get to know you and help wherever we can.