Month: February 2019

February 22, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Audit firms Does it matter if the UK’s Big 4 audit firms become the Big 3?  Already many struggle to find one that is un-conflicted & up to the job.  Less firms = less choice, less competition, lower quality, higher prices.  Like Big Banks, auditors should be made to plot their own death – how…

February 20, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Face to face Face to face encounters forge the best partnerships.  Digital networking has its place, but actually being in the room makes all the difference.  Being out & about & following up leads brings possibilities to us – new ventures, jobs, orders.  Let’s show up – who knows what might happen? Guessed the Word?   …

February 17, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Guess the Word  and Contact Us for prizes!  Series 38 starts soon….. 1st letter of each Post Title (in a Series) spells a business word – spelt correctly or jumbled up.  Previous answers: Series 37  spelt  R-E-C-I-T-A-L  (ARTICLE) Series 36  spelt  C-O-M-E-O-U-T  (OUTCOME) Series 35  spelt  Y-E-T-I-D-U-E-L   (YULETIDE) Series 34  spelt  T-I-D-Y-R-U-N-S   (INDUSTRY) Series 33  spelt  V-I-E-W-E-R   (REVIEW) Series 32  spelt  C-I-G-L-O   (LOGIC) Series 31  spelt  P-O-N-Y-M-A-C   (COMPANY)…

February 15, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Leave In UK & US, poverty has flipped from Reason to Leave to Reason Not to Leave,despite widening opportunity gap between dynamic & struggling areas.  Should policymakers re-vitalise poor areas?  Or incentivize people to move?  Fewer Americans moved States in 2017 than in any of the previous 50 years Guessed the Word?       …

February 13, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Apart World economies growing apart.  GDP growth 2007 to 2018: US 17.1%, Europe 11.6%, Japan 6.7%.  But US outperformed mostly due to problems elsewhere.  What next?  US lose momentum? Or rest of the world catch up?  Will affect financial markets, trade wars, currencies, politics.  What should investors do short-term & long-term? Guessed the Word?         Series 37 (1/7) …

February 11, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Tiffin Collect, deliver, return: 200,000 tiffins daily5,000 Mumbai dabba-wallas take hot lunch from home to school/ office by train, cart or bicycle for ₹500 rupees (£5 / $7) a month.  Without computers or client phone numbers, they achieve Six Sigma competence level by scribbling alphanumeric codes on tiffins.  Every tiffin changes hands >5 times on…

February 8, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Insurgents Highly-skilled people from consulting firms have dispersed into insurgentsoffering dynamic, versatile & value-for-money services.  Professional gig workers are thriving in stealth, snatching work from industry giants, who are more fragile than agile.  >1/5th of UK projects, worth £2bn ($2.6bn) go to independent consultants.  Global consulting = £180bn ($232bn) a year Guessed the Word?   …

February 6, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Counterfeit Big fines for counterfeit goods on Chinese e-commerce sites                         from 1 Jan 2019, up to 2m yuan (£228k, $295k).  So fakers now hawking their wares on social messaging networks as ‘friend-to-friend’. Global trade in bogus goods 2013: £355bn, 2022 est: £764bn.  China and Hong…

February 4, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Eternity Cricket gives an idea of eternityTest matches last up to 30 hours.  Fight, flair, grit, glamour, twists & turns keep average attendances in England rising: 52,850  (1980) to 77,420 (2017).  Redeveloped venues provide great spectator experience.  England had its 1,000th Test in 2018 and has been in >43% of all Tests ever played.  Learning…

February 1, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Rival Pincered by a rival: US lobsters face 8% tariff, but Canada lobsters get into Europe duty-free.  A Maine lobster lands on a Beijing dinner plate in 2 days, via Canada – avoiding China’s 25% tariff on US live lobsters from 6 July.  Until 1800’s, lobster was low-class food, eaten only by the poor.  2017 US live…