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Corporate responsibility and stakeholders

A second city centre tram link in Manchester, called the Second City Crossing (2CC), has got the backing of the city council. Work on the 2CC, if approved, would begin in 2013 and is scheduled to be finished in late 2016. The project, along with a new link to Manchester...
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Apprenticeships

The number of people starting apprenticeships in England this year has risen by more than 50% on last year, official figures show. There were 442,700 apprenticeships started in the academic year 2010-11 compared with 279,000 the previous year. Of these 175,000 were aged over 25, 138,900 aged 19 to 24...
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Using promotion to position a brand

Billing itself as the world's first multilingual social network, Godudu.com has launched in the Middle East and hopes to take on the likes of Facebook by offering real-time translation to allow people to communicate without language barriers. Alibek Issaev, chairman of its parent company, Dudu Communications says, 'The number of...
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Creating a winning marketing mix

Greggs, the country's biggest chain of bakers, says it plans to open new shops in motorway service stations. It has agreed a trial with Moto Hospitality, which runs a chain of service stations, with the first store to open at a site near Lymm in Cheshire. If it is successful,...
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Communicating with stakeholders

The recent crashes on Blackberry services have caused significant disruption to its customers. Tens of millions of people around the world were left without services like BBM (Blackberry's messaging service), email and internet for three days.There has been much criticism of how this issue was handled by Blackberry. The biggest...
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Calculating and planning for risk

Gritting teams have taken to the streets of Bradford in a dry run to test their readiness for winter. Bradford Council's highways staff took part in the exercise, driving the council's fleet of 26 gritting vehicles around the district's main roads. The dry run was designed to familiarise gritting teams...
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Managing the marketing mix

Energy company Power NI based in Northern Ireland has seen more and more customers opting to 'pay as they go'. A quarter of a million people in Northern Ireland now have electricity keypads installed in their homes. The plus side of pre-paying for utilities is that customers can manage what...
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Motivating performance

People may be motivated by many different things. For example, Shropshire archer Alison Williamson says that taking part in a test event for next year's Olympics at Lords cricket ground has made her even more determined to train for selection for 2012. 'It motivates you to work hard over the...
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Protecting public sector jobs

Recent research has shown that the current rate of public sector job losses is far greater than official projections had indicated. It suggests total job cuts in the sector will be 50% higher than forecast. In June 2010, the OBR (a government-appointed body formed last year to make an independent...
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Training and development

Manchester City Football Club has unveiled plans for a footballing academy and training complex in the east of the city. The proposed youth development and first-team academy will be built on an 80-acre brownfield site next to the club's Etihad Stadium. It will include 17 pitches and a 7,000 capacity...
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