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A Mattress Tale: The Need For Innovation In Retail

Posted on September 27, 2015 at 1:10 PM

Non-executive directors can play a useful role in the delivery of insight from 'site visits' to the business. In my interviews with a variety of them in the past, it is a subject that has recurred again and again. It's also a reason why diversity is so important.

 

A minor example: a woman appointed to her first non-exec director position for a listed company building homes was being shown a site. As soon as she saw the kitchen layout of a new planned home, she knew the sink ...

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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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Guest Blog: FEMR - Why It Matters From An Employment Perspective

Posted on June 19, 2015 at 4:20 PM

Guest Blog:

Juliette Graham, Linklaters Employment & Incentives Lawyer


"The penalties aren't enough... Cultural change - that's really the aim of this - not to send people to jail" Martin Wheatley, CEO of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), said of the

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Watch Out PLCs: New EU Rules On Market Abuse

Posted on March 17, 2015 at 5:35 PM

Watch Out, Watch Out - There's (more) new EU regulation about. OK, not until July 2016:  but listed companies need to wake up now to the implications, and prepare.


The new Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) sets out a regime around market manipulation and insider dealing, as well as new rules on disclosure of inside information, insider lists and restrictions on dealings by those individuals discharging managerial responsibilitites, as well as their sidekicks. It applies to...

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Cyber Attack Seen As Top Threat To Business

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 1:15 PM

Cyber attack is the top threat perceived by businesses worldwide, while supply chain disruption is rising fastest in the nightmares of those responsible for business continuity. 


The fourth annual Horizon Scan report published today by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI)  assessed 760 organisations across the world. It found that 82% of Business Continuity Managers are afraid of the possibility of a cybe...

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Cyber Security: Turning A Threat Into An Opportunity

Posted on January 18, 2015 at 2:35 PM

Give credit where it's due - there is nothing quite like turning a threat into an opportunity. This is exactly what the UK government appears to be doing, with the Prime Minister's visit to the United States with UK cyber security firms.


Billed widely as 'joint collaboration re cyber attacks' , the trip is, in fact, a bid to win more British business for the sector. A group of 12 UK cyber security f...

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Harnessing Talent For Growth (& Better Boardrooms)

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 4:40 AM

Urgent action needs to be taken by the UK's corporate world to stem the leaking talent pipeline that could hinder the progress of economic growth.


A reminder- which shouldn't be needed - today from the CIPD .


Its report-  entitled Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs. (the link has a case of August-itis at the moment but I'm sure you will find it on their website soon) sa...

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The Call For Tech-Savvy Directors Grows Louder

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 9:55 AM

I have previously expressed concerns here  about  what appears to be a worrying lack of technology knowledge in many UK plc boardrooms.


I am delighted to introduce someone who is doing some exciting research on technology and boardrooms and is based in Australia, from where we get some excellent ideas on governance. So here's some food for thought for the weekend.


Elizabeth Valentine is a doctoral candidate at Queensland University of Techno...

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UK Plc Rates Skills Gap As Greatest Threat To Growth

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 4:00 AM

The UK's business leaders are acutely concerned about a lack of 'key skills' in their workforces that is needed for growth. They are rating this shortage as the biggest threat to their prospects and calling on the government to place priority on initiatives - such as apprenticeships - aimed at fostering specific skills.


A global PwC survey of over 1,300 CEOS released today reveals that this concern about the availability of ...

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