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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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Location of business

The children's TV programme Blue Peter has last week been broadcast from its new home in Salford for the first time, with a new set and a remixed theme tune. After 53 years in London, the show is among those to have moved in order to boost the BBC's presence...
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Keeping products current

Businessman Lawrence Tomlinson has amassed a £500m fortune through shrewd development of his businesses. These include care homes, chemicals, computers and construction firms - but at weekends you can find him at the centre of another of his firms - Ginetta cars. The firm makes racing cars which take part...
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Workforce planning

Perhaps unsurprisingly, people attending Glastonbury Festival have been faced with muddy conditions again this year. Despite the weather and mud, 137,000 people were expected to attend the event in Somerset, which has 60 official stages hosting more than 2,200 performances. Speakers and poetry readings were included amongst these performances as...
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Social responsibility

A recent report from the Bevan Foundation claims that one in three people in Wales could miss out under a move towards introducing more public services online in the next few years. Those people without internet access already miss out on, for example, cheaper offers for goods and services. Researchers...
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