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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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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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Having A Code Of Ethics Vs Communicating It

Posted on May 14, 2015 at 7:05 PM

Did you know ? 75% of FTSE100 companies have a code of ethics. Good news, one would think, for better corporate governance.


But clearly, messages about ethical business practice are often falling on deaf ears.


London's Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) is onto it. Its latest good practice guide- Communicating Ethical Values Internally - examines the role of internal communication in establishing a...

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Distrust Of Insurers Leaves Business Vulnerable To Cyber Crime

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 8:00 AM

This is really quite sad. 


There have been new insurance products launched to protect business from suffering losses due to cyber attacks - but the insurance industry doesn't appear to be the most trusted.


The most common reason for not purchasing a cyber insurance policy is the belief that insurers will not actually pay out on a claim, according to a survey of senior information security professionals, whose organisations are members of KPMG̵...

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Accountancy Looks For 'Soft Skills'

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 10:40 AM

Accountancy jobs advertised today have a heightened requirement that many may find unexpected: 'soft skills.'


More than 76% of accountancy jobs advertised today demand candidates who can demonstrate such skills, according to accountancy recruiter Randstad Financial & Professional. While these skills are less tangible than professional knowledge, technical ability, and ACCA, CIMA or CIPFA qual...

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Europe Looks To The Cost Of Data Breaches

Posted on January 11, 2015 at 3:50 PM

You know how it is - around Christmas and New Year it is easy to miss the most important stories. Business is also adept at burying bad news while the general public stresses about the availability of mince pies....and other distractions.


So I draw your attention to this story in the Financial Times just before the New Year ; 'Big Data Needs Big Guidance.' ...

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Raising The Bar On Engagement With The Investor Forum

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Summer may be flying by but the serious business of better corporate governance has not yet had time for a holiday.


In the UK, The Investor Forum has now formally launched with with the appointment of Simon Fraser as Chairman, and Andy Griffiths as Executive Director.


Mr Fraser was formerly Chief Investment Officer of Fide...

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Ladbrokes, Diversity And Social Responsibility In The Boardroom

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM

A headhunter once told me that it was easier to get women on boards of slightly 'risky' companies involved in activities such as betting or manufacturing and selling tobacco, as the women were keen, and the men would avoid them. No comment.


As Ladbrokes plc, the FTSE250 business, says itself on its website "The name Ladbrokes is synonymous with betting and gaming: the hallmark of a leading betting...

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Venn And The Art Of Interaction: Non-Exec And Exec

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Guest Blog from Patrick Dunne:

Patrick is Chair of smart materials business D3O, a member of the General Council of The University of Warwick, Chair of the youth charity Leap Confronting conflict and founder of Boardelta a consultancy focussed on improving board effectiveness.  Here's Patrick: 


'Can l...

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Guest Blog: Company Secretaries And #CorpGov

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Guest Blog

Simon Osborne, CEO Institute of Chartered Secretaries And Administrators (ICSA)


"In June 2013, having lived through the subprime mortgage crisis, Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy, the near collapse of two UK clearing banks and other corpor...

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