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Robot - how can I help you?

The news that O2 is introducing artificial intelligence to its customer helpline is just another example of the move from people-based...

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Border adjustment tax and the impact on retail

Reports of a proposed US border-adjustment tax, which aims to tax imports but offer a rebate for exports, have affected the share prices...

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Does it matter who owns UK PLC?

The UK PLC market is going "under the hammer" due to the fall in sterling and relatively liberal takeover rules in the UK. A government...

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UK government's Brexit Business Promises

As GM looks to sell its European operations to PSA, the UK government is between a rock and hard place as overseas companies look to...

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Is globalisation dying?

Leaving aside the apparent misjudgement by Kraft in approaching Unilever and then withdrawing back to their bunkers, the reaction to the...

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M&A 2017: Six week prognosis

The Kraft /Unilever 48 hour excitement following the Reckitt/Mead Johnson deal illustrates mega deals, especially in the consumer sector,...

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REMCOs be warned - your job is on the line

Fidelity's suggestion that there will be an annual binding vote on individual director's pay further raises the heat on the remuneration...

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Jaffa cakes and gender identity - what's the connection?

Whether a Jaffa Cake is a cake or biscuit has been an interesting debate for years. What this tells us about our language vs. our...

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Putting the industrial green paper into practice

John Williams' opinion piece sums up well the issues associated with turning the UK government's green paper on industrial strategy into...

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Minimum Pay - more than just financial risk.

Today's naming and shaming by Government of 359 businesses who have failed to pay either the National Minimum Wage or National Living...

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Data at the heart of connected and driveless vehicles

OEM’s, component suppliers and many third parties are looking to use data to offer a wide range of personalised services to the users of...

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New industrial strategy to boost UK productivity

The UK governments green paper is a welcome initiative setting manufacturing at the heart of government thinking and it is vital that the...

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Anglo German business partnership 2020

It should come as no surprise that the German equivalent of the CBI, the BDI, is suggesting there needs to be closer liaison between...

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Brexit cliff-edge...?

EU lawmakers have warned that transitional arrangements may not be permitted under current EU laws, raising the prospect of a Brexit...

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Long term plans needed to develop a hi tech britain

It comes as no surprise that Dyson has identified Singapore as its location for its R&D hub. Singapore has for years developed its...

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Executive pay - the issue isn't going away

The fact that UK companies are revisiting performance plans comes from disquiet at institutions that the plans in place are too short...

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NEDs - too few or too inexperienced?

The recent Egon Zehnder report shows there is still much to be done on diversity on boards but the recent ISS report is the more telling.

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UK auto onshoring - it would make Trump proud

In a move that is akin to Trump's America First policy, McLaren have announced a significant investment in Sheffield, but if you dig...

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Concerns that GST will miss 1st April deadline

During my visit to India this week there has been a lot of talk about the implementation of the General & Services Tax (GST) and when it...

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AI for the employee onboarding process?

When I was in college, a biology professor refused to allow students to record his lectures. (This is back when dinosaurs roamed the...

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The Housing White Paper: An initial view

There are layers of proposed changes to housing delivery identified in the White Paper and much of it is focused on addressing some...

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Chinese hoteliers eye international expansion

In the decade leading up to 2014, the number of budget hotels in China went from 500 to more than 16,000. Budget hotel operators in China...

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Green belts and other new clothes

While there are reservations about decreasing the green belt, there do not appear to be too many dissenters to the idea that we, as a...

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New agenda for board meetings with Trump?

While President Trump may be shunning attending "traditional events" in Washington a new standing agenda item for every board should be...

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Where will you put your European holding company?

The G20 clamp down on base erosion and profit sharing, as well as the new US administration's anticipated tax proposal on repatriation of...

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Should name-blind applications be mandatory?

In yet another study on discrimination in recruitment, identical applications with different names had starkly different success rates. A...

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Britain's chronic disease: Neglecting the North

London produces 1/5th of UK GDP and 1/3 of UK tax revenue. The UK is a snooker table with too many balls in its south-east corner. This...

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Wrecked by rates

Rate rises are coming. They could wreck the UK's retail and small business economy. In London alone business rates will rise by over £9...

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Commission probes suspected infringements in consumer electronics, videogames and hotels

The European Commission has launched three investigations into suspected breach of the competition rules by companies in the consumer...

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Putting the 'T' in LGBT: Transitioning stigmatised

Hearing about this young man making allegations against his school is a stark reminder of how easy it can be to say or do the wrong thing...

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Old freehold wisdom

Never buy a lease, my grandad said. He was right. Of course, sometimes you have to do it. Most flats are structured as leases, because UK...

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Frictionless trade- logistics nightmare

A key issue on trade - leaving aside tariffs is how in practise goods will move. If we think ports are clogged up now by hauliers what...

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Is job-hopping the new normal?

The pros and cons of job-hopping are often discussed in recruitment and HR circles. Changing employers can certainly keep employees up to...

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Green Light for Housing?

The U.K. is hungry for affordable housing. U.K. home ownership is down to 63% from 69% in 2000. That's the fourth lowest in the EU. 11...

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Construction disputes meet innovation

If we're going to honest, really honest, the construction industry is not often seen as the poster child of innovation. Asked to describe...

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Business friendly India is accelerating

The Finance Minister of India (“FM") presented the Finance Bill, 2017 ("Union Budget") in Parliament. In his Budget Speech, the FM has...

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The Business Cycle will Shape Brexit

Gordon Brown said he'd abolished the economic cycle. Whatever happened to him? The cycle drags politicians and their plans up and down....

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'Alan Turing Law' enactment to pardon thousands

The Policing and Crime Bill has now received Royal Assent, meaning thousands of gay and bisexual men may be pardoned for previous...

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