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Blog archive for 2013

Lloyds Bank and Formula 1 racing

Tuesday, 12th November 2013

Today it has been announced that Lloyds TSB has disposed of its investment in F1 team Marrussia. For those not overly familiar in motor racing, Morussia cars are the one’s that regularly get in the way of all the other drivers and always finish last. Since the team was formed in 2010 they have yet to win a single point in the annual 18 race series. In other words they shouldn’t really be on the track at all.

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Economic Growth

Tuesday, 5th November 2013

A recent survey published by the ICAEW has thrown up some interesting statistics. As many of you who have been following my tweets will know, I have been highlighting the raft of some really good economic news of late.

The survey, measuring business confidence, operating capacity, gross margins and employee numbers has highlighted that private companies are performing or are expecting to perform at a far better level than public companies.

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Cyprus and a cautionary tale

Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Let’s start with a bit of history

February 1971 saw decimalisation of the pound – altogether a good move and one of the first steps to align us with membership of the European Club. Then on April Fools day in 1973 came the introduction of VAT – an invention of a Frenchman and yet another important step to harmonise the UK with Europe. Initially it was a very simple tax with a flat standard rate and a few important items that were zero rated. VAT was easy to collect as the burden rested with businesses.

Tagged: VAT Euro crisis

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Insanity Planning

Tuesday, 9th April 2013

I recently came across a really interesting article written by Jim Cowan of Cowan Global. I thought that I would share this with you as it certainly struck a cord with me and I trust with you as well. 

“Many business owners and executives have developed and delivered strategy but have failed to grasp one of, if not the, primary reason(s) for having strategy. Strategy should be about the art/science of seeking and gaining a competitive advantage.

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Think Differently – don’t neglect your Brand

Wednesday, 13th February 2013

The following text is extracted from a Steve Jobs presentation he gave in 1997 but which is just as relevant today as it was then. To my mind it brings sharply into focus the marketing strategy necessary in today’s climate. I do not apologise for the unusual length of this blog, it is entirely necessary to enable the reader to really appreciate the message being communicated and to provoke your own thinking on how to be different.

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