November 1, 2017 admin123@ No comments exist

Oligopoly Music industry is an oligopoly.  3 labels – Sony, Universal and Warner Music – control majority of market share by owning 80% of every piece of music ever recorded. Guessed the Word?      Series 11 (2/4)       [photo:Stocksnap]

October 30, 2017 admin123@ No comments exist

Burden Overall effect of numerous regulations is a heavy load on small business.  UK govt wants to check tech/ military deals over £1m (was £70m).  More red-tape = more executive time on form-filling, while overseas competitors win customers. Guessed the Word?     Series 11(3/4)       [photo: joakant]

October 27, 2017 admin123@ No comments exist

Guess the Word  and Contact Us for prizes!   Series 11 starts soon. 1st letter of each post Title (in a Series) spells a business word (spelt correctly, backwards, jumbled up or as an anagram).  Previous answers: Series 10 spelt  H-A-R-K-M-A-L-L   (HALLMARK) Series 9 spelt  B-U-G-T-E-D   (BUDGET) Series 8 spelt  R-A-T-E-D   (TRADE) Series 7 spelt  P-A-L-N   (PLAN)…

October 25, 2017 admin123@ No comments exist

Lorry 70% of UK’s trade with EU – fresh food, perishables, ‘just-in-time’ parts – enter/ leave in a lorry.  10,000 lorries go through Dover each day.  On average, each stops for just 2 mins for border checks.  If wait time doubled to 4 mins, there’d be 17-mile tailbacks across Kent. Guessed the Word?     …

October 23, 2017 admin123@ No comments exist

Life expectancy After rising for so long, since 2014, life expectancy has reversed & is falling in the EU and USA. Falls in Germany, France & Italy steeper than in UK, and greater in women than men.  Cause unknown:  Flu? Obesity? Pollution?  Guessed the Word?         Series 10 (4/8)          [photo: aitoff]

October 20, 2017 admin123@ No comments exist

Agriculture In an uncertain world, food security is essential.  UK produced 80% of its own food 30 years ago.  Today it’s 60%.  Will be 50% in 10 years.  Farmland is 70% of UK land area. Good incentives help farmers, environment & rural communities flourish. Guessed the Word?     Series 10 (2/8)     [photo: alexandr podvalny]

October 18, 2017 admin123@ No comments exist

Mental health Pressure on owners/ founders of small firms can be immense. Funding challenges and appearing strong in front of clients, investors & staff add to the stress.  Mental health issues affect about 1 in 4 people. Guessed the Word?          Series 10 (5/8)           [photo: jniittymaa0]    

October 16, 2017 admin123@ No comments exist

K-pop Smartphones. Cars.  Now South Korean pop music is a global export, with cute performers, catchy beats & elaborate choreography.  Population of 51m is world’s 8th-largest recorded-music market, by sales. 2012 Gangnam Style video was 1st to surpass 1bn, then 2bn, views on YouTube.   Guessed the Word?  Series 10 (8/8)  [photo: Public_Domain_Photo]

October 13, 2017 admin123@ No comments exist

Red tape A bonfire of red tape would reduce the burden of regulation on law-abiding firms, and level the playing field against those who never play by the rules. Guessed the Word?        Series 10 (7/8)        [photo:manolofranco]

October 10, 2017 admin123@ No comments exist

Attention The average person’s attention span is now 8 seconds; shorter than that of a goldfish.  A “dopamine loop” starts when we seek something online, we feel a “reward” when we find it, then crave the next hit Guessed the Word?           Series 10 (6/8)            [photo:stux]