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The impact of ageism laws

The impact of ageism lawsOn 1 October 2006 the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations came into force in the UK.This was hailed as one of the biggest changes to employment law in the last 25 years, making it unlawful to discriminate against workers under the age of 65 on the grounds...
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The Continuing Success of the iPod

The Continuing Success of the iPodBy Guest Writers Ronald Tong and Ryan Wong (Year 13 students)Back in 2001, Steve Jobs announced 'listening to music will never be the same again' and launched the iPod.It notched up healthy worldwide sales of 400,000 units in its first year, but at that time,...
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Pester Power

Pester PowerAs children have returned to school across the UK, the marketing department at Clarks Shoes must have been celebrating the success of their latest products.Caitlin Moran from the Times warns parents that 'There is a new evil out there, and it is the Clarks YoToy shoes' (The Times, 27th...
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Big Brother and the Product Life Cycle

Big Brother and the Product Life CycleA BBC news report headlined in 2002 with 'Has Big Brother had its day?' (BBC, 27th July 2002).However, 5 years later we are now witnessing the final of Big Brother 2007, with the usual hype and publicity.The programme makers have creatively developed the programme...
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Training and development

Recognising which skills and qualifications are needed in order to make our present and future workforce competitive is vital. Some organisations have various training programmes in place for different qualification entry levels. Siemens is one of the largest electrical and electronics engineering companies in the world. It recognises that investing...
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Training and Development

Training and DevelopmentA new survey by accounting firm Ernst and Young has found that graduates rate training and development potential as the most important factor in their choice of employer (BBC, 21st August 2007).Whilst 44% of graduates listed training as the most important selection criteria, only 18% stated that their...
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Responding to diverse customers’ needs

Responding to diverse customers' needsTwo and a half million people from other countries have moved to the UK to work since 2002, with most coming from the new EU members from Eastern Europe (BBC, 25th July 2007).   Whilst these new immigrants represent an expansion of the workforce, many astute companies...
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Protecting Brand Image

Protecting Brand ImageSeveral companies with high profile brands have removed their advertising from Facebook, the social networking web site.First Direct, Vodafone, Virgin Media, the AA, Halifax and the Prudential have all withdrawn advertisements after they appeared alongside a British National Party (BNP) page (BBC, 3rd August 2007).The BNP is a...
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Chinese Manufacturing and Quality

Chinese Manufacturing and QualityThe Chinese economy is continuing to grow at an incredibly fast pace, despite government measures undertaken to try and cool the economy.According to recent figures from the Chinese government, its economy has grown 11.9% in the last year (BBC, 19th July 2007).This growth is partly resulting from...
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Monitoring Dominant Firms and Markets

Monitoring Dominant Firms and MarketsThere are many different authorities promoting and maintaining competitive markets.In the UK the Competition Commission, the Office of Fair Trading, and industry regulators all work to ensure that competition is maintained.Recently there have been reports in the news of the European Commission also exercising its powers...
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