Brexit and Immigration

I guess amongst all of the current concerns causing uncertainty for businesses, a major one is  immigration. Coming from a manufacturing background I realise how dependent many companies have become on migrants from central europe to plug serious skills gaps caused either by an education system geared toward academic qualifications rather than vocational skills or difficulty finding people with the correct work ‘ethic”.

Heer’s my latest article in South East Business magazine discussing the topic.

 

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The article can be found here 

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Back to the Future- the rise of Servitization

Some readers will have heard of “Industry 4.0”. This is the fourth industrial revolution which will revolutionise both manufacturing and our society as a whole.

Alongside things such as additive manufacturing (3d printing) and IoT (the internet of things) Industry 4.0 will introduce a serviced economy. This will open up a whole new set of challenges for manufacturers to embrace.Back to the future

 

the original article can be found here 

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Comments on “Brexit”, executive pay and rail transport- so nothing controversial there then!

I’ve attached some of my recent articles in the press in both Platinum Business Magazine and South East Business magazine.

I’ve tried to tackle some very controversial subjects and give a pragmatic view- at least I’ve hoped so!

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Business awards, why bother?

My latest article in Platinum business magazine

 

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The magazine article can be found here

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Addressing the gender gap

Here’s my latest article in South East Business magazine discussing an issue where progress still needs to be made.

 

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The published article can be found here

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Skills Development

My recent article in Platinum Business magazine discusses the IoD’s recent paper on Lifelong Learning. This document recognises the fundamental changes that are approaching us as a society and details the type of education policy and learning environments we will need to cope with the demands of the 21st century.

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The report in full can be found here 

The current issue of the magazine can be found here

 

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Headwinds

My latest article in Platinum business magazine looking at the future outlook of the economy and a review of the budget.

 

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the full magazine can be found here

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Do we have 3rd rate broadband in the UK?

My latest column in South East Business Magazine discussed the current poor performance of communications, both mobile and fixed line broadband, in this country.

At the same time, my IoD colleague Dan Lewis produced a report echoing my concerns on the subject stating

“Now is the time to set a bold new target for genuinely world-beating broadband. We have the leading internet economy in the G20, and yet download speeds are mediocre and the coverage of fibre optic cable is woeful. The demand for data is growing exceptionally fast, and with Virtual Reality and the Internet of Things just around the corner, about to grow even faster. But our network is behind the curve. Unfortunately, the Government’s current target displays a distinct poverty of ambition.”

I can’t help but agree!

The IoD article and report can be found here.

 

 

 

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The South East business magazine can be found here

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IoD London and South East Director of the Year 2015

May latest article from Platinum Business magazine showcasing latest activity at IoD South.

 

 

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The full article can be found here

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Reduced support will stunt growth

I recently wrote about the demise of the Business Growth Service. It was particularly sad to also see the end of the Manufacturing Advisory Service, MAS. Having been part of the EEF South team that originated the service in London and the South East I can’t help but fondly remember the businesses that were supported by our “hands on ” approach aided by a very capable in-house team. This certainly helped many turn the corner onto a journey toward world class performance.

As I mentioned, I’m now a Non-Executive Director at Cavendish Enterprise which is delivering the “Start & Grow” programme providing much needed long term support to businesses in areas where every help is needed. You can find out about it here.

 

 

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The full article can be found here

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