Category Archives: General

Simon Walker on the Annual Convention: 1950-2014

The Annual Convention is a place for ideas. You’d expect nothing less from an event, now in its 64th year, where over 2,000 business leaders, entrepreneurs and politicians meet to set the business agenda for the year ahead. And this year’s theme, ‘game changers’, fits right into the legacy of the Convention. The founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, arguing that we’re still “in the very beginnings of the internet” may feel a far cry from Earl Mountbatten of Burma urging his audience “to be ready everywhere, all the time” back in 1959. But preparing for the future and anticipating tomorrow’s … Read More »

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Celebrating Game Changers

Allister Heath, the deputy editor of the Daily Telegraph, recently gave a rather gloomy analysis of the UK’s prospects. “Britain’s problem,” he said, “is that our economy and society aren’t sufficiently dynamic. We are not adapting fast enough, with dire consequences for our productivity.” At the IoD we are more positive about the ability of Britain’s business community to innovate, creating new products and services, and boosting competition for consumers. But Heath is right that a healthy economy requires permanent revolution, with creative companies constantly disrupting markets and developing new technologies. That’s why at this year’s IoD Annual Convention we … Read More »

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Setting personal development goals as a director

I am always short of time. If my business is booming, it is spent looking after customers, staff and suppliers to make sure we do a good job. If business is quiet, I am trying to win work … and get back to position one. In business we always set ourselves goals, whether it be to increase profits, launch a new product or service, or start exporting. The biggest challenge I faced in the last couple of years was to actually practice what I preached. When giving staff appraisals I always want them to have additional training or qualifications as … Read More »

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The vision that is Jaguar

What looked like a terminal decline in British car manufacturing started in the 1970s. Some may blame the trade unions, and some poor management. Either way, many wrote off the automotive industry in the UK for good. But the industry has quietly and very powerfully come back, as I discovered on a recent tour of the £500 million new Jaguar Land Rover engine factory in Wolverhampton – the first Jaguar engine factory to be built in a generation.

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Auto Enrolment “opt outs” – Are you being fair to all concerned?

Caroline Castle, from Torquil Clark, provides monthly guidance on auto enrolment topics that employers should pay particular attention to. Since auto enrolment was launched in October 2012 there has been the right for employees to “opt out” of the system. This is because they have been enrolled as pension scheme members through legislation rather than personal choice. Whilst the actual numbers of employees following this route has been far lower than the industry anticipated, there have still been a few who have decided their employer’s plan is not right for them, and who want to unravel the whole process and … Read More »

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Does your company pension scheme meet auto enrolment requirements?

Caroline Castle, from Torquil Clark, provides monthly guidance on auto enrolment topics that employers should pay particular attention to.

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