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The Impact of Flooding

The Impact of FloodingWhen will the summer arrive?  July has seen unusually high levels of rainfall and widespread flooding across the UK. This has led to loss of power and water supplies and extensive damage to buildings and possessions. By Monday 23rd July, the BBC was reporting that '43,000 homes...
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Junk Food

Junk FoodIn April 2007, 'junk food' advertisements were banned during television programmes aimed at young children (BBC, 1st April 2007).The new legislation relates to foods that are high in fat, salt or sugar.From 1st January 2008, the restrictions will be extended to TV shows aimed at children up to 15...
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Using Technology to Fight Crime

Using Technology to Fight CrimeThe cost of crimes against British small and medium-sized companies totalled at least £722m last year, according to research by AXA Insurance (BBC, 15th March 2007).These significant costs increase the incentives for firms to invest in measures to prevent and deter such crimes.There have been several...
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Mission Statements

Mission StatementsOn Wednesday 27th June, Gordon Brown became the new British prime minister after ten years as a serving Chancellor of the Exchequer (BBC, 27th June 2007).After having accepted the ceremonial offer of the position from the queen, Gordon Brown and his wife went to 10 Downing Street, where a...
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Regulations

RegulationsMonitoring changes to Government regulations can be particularly important when planning business operations in some industries.From 6am on July 1st 2007, new regulations were introduced in England to outlaw smoking in enclosed public places, with similar bans having already been introduced in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (BBC Video Clip).Some...
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Market Segmentation

Market SegmentationAre you aware of or have you used web sites such as MySpace or Facebook?These sites are examples of those within the genre of 'social networking' (Wikepedia provides a comprehensive list of others).These are places where individuals can link up with other people online.PhD research undertaken at University College...
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Discrimination

DiscriminationA large discrimination case is currently underway against a major investment bank in London and New York, involving alleged discrimination against 500 women (BBC, 15th June 2007).There have been problems in reporting many of the previous cases because of gagging clauses on settlements, however the BBC has now produced a...
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The Apprentice

The ApprenticeSimon Ambrose has been announced as the surprise winner of the BBC series The Apprentice (BBC video clip). The programme showed the long and arduous selection process that candidates undertook to try and win a £100,000 per year job with Sir Alan Sugar. Whilst Simon's enthusiasm, high academic ability,...
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Developing new products and services

Developing new products and servicesAlliance Boots, formed by last year's merger of Boots and Alliance UniChem, has reported a successful year of trading. The company's profits rose 7.4% to £641m in the year to 31 March and much of this is attributed to cost savings achieved through the merger of...
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Organisational Change

Organisational ChangeCareful business planning is important in both private companies and public sector organisations. The largest public organisation in the UK is the NHS and after years of growing costs and variances with their budgets, the organisation is now reporting that the books are balanced (BBC, 6th June 2007). To...
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