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Minimum Wage Education Needed - You Think ? #CorpGov

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 12:05 AM

The UK government is to be applauded today for starting a £1.7 million National Minimum Wage campaign, complete with a list of published   excuses people use not to cough up.


Looking at said excuses, I have to wonder at the levels of intelligence, knowledge and judgement. It's no wonder we are now in this stalled mess of Brexit. When will we learn to call it a problem before it escalates into a much bigger one?


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#CorpGov 2017: Don't Forget About Pensions

Posted on December 30, 2016 at 2:30 PM

There is no shortage of corporate governance issues for UK businesses to consider going into 2017, with levels of executive pay high on the nation's agenda.


But spare a thought for pensions -  as recently considered  on Forbes.


As we crashed into Christmas you may have missed the annu...

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The Red Queen's Race? UK Sets Up A Business Engagement Group

Posted on June 30, 2016 at 4:30 PM

 

 "Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere else—if you run very fast for a long time, as we've been doing."

"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

-Lewis Car...

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At Last: We Begin To Define 'Culture'

Posted on March 7, 2016 at 7:55 PM

An awful lot of 'stuff' around the boardroom, ethics and corporate governance now lands in my inbox every day - sadly, very little of it is new, or interesting.


This is an area that excels in moving about in polite circles....I would argue because there are so very many vested interests, and so little incentive for change. But dispensing palatable advice is often good business for the person or persons dispensing it.


'OUCH '- I hear some of my confidantes ...

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High Turnover in Top Investor Relations Roles At FTSE Companies

Posted on February 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM

FTSE companies are paying closer attention to the role of 'Head of Investor Relations' or IR, according to a survey just out by Korn Ferry, the talent and organisational consultancy.


Its conclusions are based on just 32 responses, but more than half (56%) of respondents had been in their role for two years or less, suggesting a high level of turnover. Over half (53%) were hired from other companies.


The research, based on a survey of heads of IR from FTSE ...

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Predictions Rise For Hiring In Financial Services: Time To Focus Hard On Culture

Posted on January 25, 2016 at 12:05 AM

What do you think when you hear excitement on hiring in financial services ? I fear that I, for one, wonder if we have learnt anything at all from the financial crisis. Reminder: it was oficially in 2007-2008, so we are talking about recent history that is fast approaching a decade.


The latest Professional Hiring Index from recruitment firm Robert Half UK reveals that senior C-suite executives across UK companies pla...

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NAO Looks At Use of Consultants In Govt: Wider Lessons For UK PLC ?

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 7:05 PM

The UK's National Audit Office (NAO) is earning its keep when it comes to keeping a focused eye on better corporate governance in government - and UK plc could learn a thing or two as well.


According to a report just out, better scrutiny of proposals within government since 2010 has helped to reduce annual spending on consultants and temporary staff (C&TS) by £1.5 billion.


However, since 2011-1...

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Bank Of England In Top Work/Life Balance Ranking

Posted on July 25, 2015 at 1:00 AM

One should never have to feel that life stops where work begins. But we still talk about work/life balance as if it was somehow an impossible ideal. Now, at least, businesses are taking it seriously as something that can be dellivered.


A ranking created by surveying UK employees reveals an array of unexpected organisations working hard at changing the experience of work - all part of corporate governance, or the running of a business.


Take a look ...

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UK Firms Fear Skills Emergency Could 'Starve Growth'

Posted on July 13, 2015 at 12:05 AM

A survey of 310 companies in the United Kingdom - which together empoy over one million people -has some grim findings.


More than half of those surveyed (55%) fear that they will not be able to access enough workers with necessary higher level skills, although 68% (two out of three)  expect the need for such staff to grow in years to come.


Demand for highly skilled workers is particularly strong in sectors that are critical to the rebalancing of the e...

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A Collaborative Approach In Business :And Its Obstacles

Posted on July 3, 2015 at 9:10 PM

Interesting on a number of fronts: McDonald's, the fast food chain, keeps popping up in the headlines, doing good things. Clearly a great deal of real intiative is being exercised in terms both of shaping the business and engaging customers - and doubtless it is also being matched by media/PR spend.


But, when multiple and unrelat...

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