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Return to sender

The last few weeks have seen annual retail results emerge after our Christmas spend. Some like JD Sports holding firm others like New Look and Debenhams showing poorer than expected results. Most analysts agree that retail is in for a rough ride ...

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It's a real effort

‘Alexa already has your home, now she wants your car’, ‘Crash testing the airbag for cyclists’ and ‘Could you fall in love with a pet robot?’ are just some of the fascinating headlines from this year&rsquo...

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Dear Santa

Dear Santa As 2018 draws to a close, it's been a tough one for many. There’s so much we could ask for but we don’t want to be greedy so we’ve tried to stick to the essentials. A sprinkling of fairy dust to shine som...

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The demons of distraction

This week I became aware of exactly how much screen time I devote, with the very revealing new Apple iPhone update. How much?? No surely not, can’t be so much I’m thinking, but of course it is. It’s a bit like a credit card ...

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Excellence is a habit

December is generally a frenetic month for most of us – whether planning for Christmas and family gifts, working to securing end of year targets and of course, responding to demanding customers anxious about receiving their purchases on tim...

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Deal or no deal

Chatting with friends this week we likened the current Brexit situation to a restaurant scenario where we are asked whether to stick to the a la carte or try the new surprise menu; it’s a close call but marginally more want a surprise. ...

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A change of view

A couple of recent stats caught my eye in this month’s Business Life. The first is that 1 in 2 British employees admit they don’t actually know what AI is; the second that the tech sector is growing 2.6 times faster than the rest of t...

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Oh what a night!

We are attuned to things going wrong in many aspects of life these days, and so it was a special delight to gather with friends and celebrate the achievements of true heroes from industry at our glittering CCA awards ball in Glasgow last night. ...

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Give a dog a bad name

This week’s fireworks night brought the usual outpouring of complaints from dog owners as their pooches crouched in fear of the loud bangs, which of course, because of their acute sensory powers, sound four times louder than they do to...

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The Art of Persuasion

This week’s ‘trick or treat’ budget has kept analysts busy; as ever the devil is in the detail and of course where numbers are concerned it’s entirely possible to have several, seemingly plausible versions of the truth. Th...

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Patience is a virtue when speed is of the essence

Last Friday I set off for a weekend in the Outer Hebrides to meet an architect for some long overdue alterations to our wee family house which, although unoccupied, has a special place in our hearts. We arrived on time, met with the architect and...

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Disruption - the new normal?

Not so long ago cyber-attacks, cloud failures and massive IT outages were a rare disaster, something risk mitigation and robust contingency plans are constructed for the rare event that they should be required. From discussions with lots of organ...

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Sometimes the truth hurts - it needs to

'How have I got to 45 years and NEVER heard of the demise of the Aral Sea? This is incredible! A whole sea gone in less than 40 years, for what? Bloody clothes!!' This was a quote from a viewer of the powerful Stacey Dooley investigation...

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Knowing Me Knowing You

This week the PM danced her way to her closing speech at the party conference accompanied by Abba’s Dancing Queen; surprising those who are used to seeing a more serious and austere leadership style. It raises questions about her motivation...

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Don't worry - be happy...

If youâ?Tre on the lookout for happiness, then you may wish to consider relocating to Rushmoor in Hampshire which this week has been found to have the happiest residents in the country. According to a report published by the Office for Nation...

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A matter of choice?

Are you fed up with the number of choices you have to make every day? According to an article this month by Henrietta Thompson, editor at Wallpaper magazine, we make a staggering 35,000 conscious decisions a day! It perhaps explains why we ar...

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Who checks the checker?

The first leaves fluttering from the trees and a decidedly chillier feel to the air means the long hot summer is coming to an end. Many first-year students are starting back at colleges and universities around the country, finding their feet ...

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Leadership Renaissance

The views flying from Glasgow to London this week gave a clear view of the coastline on a beautiful autumnal day. The kind of view that leaders often wish they had. Uncluttered, clear, static, everything in its place – the higher you get th...

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Bite-sized chunks

Fire up the grill and roll out the cheese board, dairy and red meat are back on the menu according to an international study from Hamilton University, Ontario which suggests eating around twice as much as UK health officials advise. The study...

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