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It ain't necessarily so

Ken Cheng won the 10th annual Dave's Funniest Joke Of The Edinburgh Fringe with: "I'm not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change." The joke, from his show Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian, won 33% of a publ...

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Plain Sailing - CalMac Ferries

For some of us, summer conjures up the images of holidays on sandy beaches, crystal blue seas and the warm sun on our faces. For the 5 million ferry passengers that visit the west coast of Scotland’s islands and rural communities each year,...

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Voyage of discovery

I've just returned from a wonderful trip on board QM2 – a voyage from Southampton to New York devoid of anything but the unpredictable, and sometimes wild Atlantic between ports. It's been on my bucket list for years and 2017 was...

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Knowing me, Knowing you

A top business story this week was Next’s shares jump following its announcement that overall second-quarter sales rose 0.7%, beating expectations. What was interesting for me wasn’t so much the fact that this sales increase was d...

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Keeping Standards to a 'Premium'

For the 1 in 3 of us across that country that owns a Premium Bond, we can be reassured that the customer service on offer will be at a premium itself. As a CCA Standard© bearer for many years, NS&I can be confident of the service it deliv...

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Run Forrest Run

Anne Marie is on her summer break so we thought we’d pinch her Friday blog and let you all into a little secret. Many of you will know that each year we take a percentage of the monies collected through ticket sales for our Gala Dinner and d...

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Run Forrest Run

Anne Marie is on her summer break so we thought we’d pinch her Friday blog and let you all into a little secret. Many of you will know that each year we take a percentage of the monies collected through ticket sales for our Gala Dinner a...

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Well well well...

This week’s big news on the changes to the pension age for more than 6 million men and women makes us all take a pause and think about the years ahead still left to work – for some less than others. Add to the mix the story on how lif...

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Let's stick together - May be not!

The cessation of BBC Question Time for the summer recess signals the beginning of the holiday period for Parliament. I suspect it can't come soon enough for the bruised PM Theresa May who has endured what most would agree has been a torrid tw...

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Customer Service Rocks!

We were thrilled to be on site at Barclays in Liverpool yesterday for our Industry Council Thought Leadership forum where we discussed what ‘always on’ means to those delivering and managing customer service. Ours is a very differe...

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Storm before the calm

Like most of us at this time of year, I've been cramming in as much activity as possible before the summer holiday season starts. My last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind, chairing and speaking at conferences, all centred around the challenge o

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The best of times... the worst of times

This week saw us all shocked and horrified at the tragic tower block fire disaster in London. The dreadful pictures and scenes showed the devastation left behind that I’m sure affected each and every one of us. None more so than those at th...

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The numbers game

This week Vodafone announced that it was intervening to prevent its brand being damaged by advertising inadvertently ending up on rogue sites, due to artificially intelligent algorithms making decisions. The company will manually select a &ls...

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Flying low

This has been a difficult week for British Airways, with the debate still ongoing about what actually caused the crash of all their booking, baggage and customer contact operations last bank holiday weekend. PR experts queued up to criti...

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Partnerships with benefits?

This week was a busy one at CCA HQ, we hosted 30 organisations at the popular customer journey mapping masterclasses with Oracle on Tuesday and our BPO/Outsourcing Users Forum yesterday. I often think that if customers could experience t...

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Who knew?

A notable observation from the cyber-attack debacle at the beginning of this week was the intervention of a 22-year-old IT whiz kid who saved the day by figuring out a fix. His response when it was suggested that he had saved lives was modest, al...

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It's all for you

Last night I was at the magnificent Hydro in Glasgow…. at the Take That concert. Some if you will have shift deleted at this point but bear with me. Regardless of musical tastes and opinions, 13,000 fans were treated to a Wonderland t...

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Hobson's Choice

Did you vote in this week’s local elections? Are you planning to vote in the general election? I ask because all the indicators are that we are becoming disillusioned with politics (or politicians?) thus our appetite for engagement is ...

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