Strategy

Driving efficiency and effectiveness

Civil servants are preparing a business plan for a single body to replace the Environment Agency, Countryside Council and Forestry Commission in Wales. The plan states the benefits of a single environmental body (SEB) as giving better delivery on environmental issues, a single point of contact, shared resources and combined...
Marketing

Sponsorship as a marketing strategy

Sir James Dyson, the bagless cyclone cleaner inventor, has put up 1.4 million GBP over a 10-year period to sponsor an engineering professorship post in fluid mechanics at Cambridge University. The appointed professor will be charged with investigating ways of boosting the efficiency of any fan, be it in a...
People

Advantages from diversity

Parliamentary candidates should have a legal right to time off work to campaign, and parties should offer bursaries to would-be MPs from poorer backgrounds, a think tank says.  The Institute for Government’s report said Westminster was ‘overwhelmingly white, male and middle-class’. Just one fifth of MPs are women and 27...
External environment

The economy and the business cycle

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which represents developed economies including the US, UK and Japan, has reported that every economy it monitors has suffered a slowdown during September. The OECD's leading indicators index tracks economic growth relative to the long-term trend for individual economies and is designed...
Operations

Efficiency in organisations

The NHS is having to make difficult decisions across England which are affecting individual hospitals and services. For example, the trust which runs Leicester's three hospitals had overspent budget by 8 million pounds sterling in July 2011. Since then, the deficit has gone up to 13 million pounds sterling. Like...
External environment

Responding to the external environment

German newspaper Bild has reported that German tour operator Tui Group, which owns a range of well-known UK travel brands including Thomson, First Choice and laterooms.com, has asked those hotels it uses across Greece to sign new contracts. These spell out how Tui will pay its bills if Greece leaves...
Operations

Location of Business

Miles Bullough, the head of TV at Aardman Productions, the makers of Wallace and Gromit, has said the company may have to halt production of its famous stop-frame animations in the UK because it has become too expensive. Aardman is most famous for the Wallace and Gromit television shorts and...
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