Category Archives: General

A new economy?

Reflecting on nearly six months of COVID-19 measures I must admit to some frustrations with the present administration for missing opportunities to deliver some positive strategic impact on the economy. The furlough scheme has been a lifesaver for some businesses … Continue reading

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COVID19 and the move to zero carbon

At the end of March 2020 the Daily Telegraph predicted that oil prices could go negative In the third week of April they did. As a consequence of this, CO2 emissions in the UK are dropping as consumption falls due … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas 2019

    Wishing everyone a peaceful and relaxing Christmas break and hoping for a successful and prosperous 2020 for all colleagues, friends and their families.   A donation has been made to Oakleaf Enterprise – you can donate here

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Reflections on the Apollo programme

Last month rekindled a lot of childhood memories for me with the 50th anniversary of the first of the Apollo moon landings on July 20th 1969. As a seven year old, the whole Apollo programme fascinated me and inspired me … Continue reading

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RSM supported event at Rayner

I was very pleased to be invited to be part of a panel at a recent event organised by RSM at Sussex company Rayner, a specialist innovator and manufacturer of intraocular lenses. The event consisted of a presentation by Rayner, followed … Continue reading

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BEIS Industrial Energy Consultation

A very constructive meeting between BEIS officials, Trade bodies and manufacturing companies to discuss two schemes to reduce UK’s Carbon Footprint. It was an interesting meeting which discussed how to improve the efficiency of high energy use businesses but also … Continue reading

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MakeUK/APMG Parliamentary reception

  Rousing speeches  by Jonathan Reynolds MP Richard Harrington MP at the recent MakeUK APMG Parliamentary reception. An event to celebrate all that’s best about British Manufacturing and catch up with valued colleagues.

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Manufacturing Commission Inquiry

At the House of Lords recently with fellow Commissioners, Chair Lord Bilimoria CBE and Vice Chair Barry Sheerman MP to launch the Manufacturing Commission’s Inquiry “Making the Local Industrial Strategy work for Manufacturing”. An interesting and wide ranging discussion to … Continue reading

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Surrey Business School Business Insights Breakfast

Recently I attended an SBS Business Breakfast concerning the power of the platform economy.   Prof Annabelle Gawer from the business school gave a thought provoking presentation explaining how platforms such as Amazon, ebay and the Apple App store work … Continue reading

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A stimulative and informative day at the IBG Conference and India Business Awards

  I recently had the pleasure of being invited to attend both the inaugural Conference of the India Business Group – held at the prestigious Nash room at IoD Headquarters 116 Pall Mall and the India Business awards held at … Continue reading

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