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Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity is without doubt picking up and not just at the upper end of the market. Smaller companies considering an exit/investment could take advantage of an emerging trend that we are currently seeing, an increase in large companies acquiring smaller companies to gain new products and market entry, decreasing their reliance on diminishing, legacy revenues.
It’s no surprise that we don’t always agree with the Trades Union Congress (TUC), but as temperatures soar we’re inclined to side with them today – it really is too hot for shirts and ties. Whilst we won’t be calling for additional regulation on business via a maximum working temperature, as the TUC have, we would urge all our members to be understanding with staff who might be feeling a little lethargic in this heat, and encourage them to wear, within reason, clothes that they’ll feel comfortable and productive in. Of course, more and more businesspeople are abandoning trouser suits … Read More »
The IoD’s recent report Ice Skates to Argentina showed that more members than ever before are looking abroad in the pursuit of sustainable growth – more than 57% of those surveyed had exported in the previous year. With Prime Minister David Cameron regularly reminding voters that Britain is in a global race, this is undoubtedly good news. One of the most interesting findings from the report is that, for the first time, more IoD members are active in Asian markets than the traditional markets of North America. Historically, Asian markets have been seen as relatively risky compared to the common … Read More »
On 5 June, the Netherlands branch of the Institute of Directors hosted its annual dinner at the British Ambassador’s Residence in The Hague for the second year in a row. The theme of the evening was “Innovation and Collaboration”. Ian Dormer, Chairman of the Institute of Directors joined British Ambassador Paul Arkwright in welcoming members and guests to an evening celebrating business ties between the UK and the Netherlands. After the main course it was time for the presentations. Ian Dormer briefly spoke about the positive and productive relations that the UK and Netherlands share, with recent data from IoD … Read More »
Yesterday’s Evening Standard ran an article based on our annual report which has just been published. It discussed the difficult time we have faced since the financial crisis. I knew when I took over the job of Director General nearly two years ago that we were facing a challenge. I do not underestimate the scale of this challenge. Membership has fallen from 49,701 in 2008 to 35,911 today. The IoD, like all businesses, has been buffeted by the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The UK economy is still smaller than it was before the crash, and the Eurozone … Read More »
A new report published this week by the London Assembly’s Transport Committee, Airport Capacity in London, has suggested that Britain’s aviation needs could be met without the building of any new runways. Rather, the Davies Commission – the investigative body charged with setting out the future of Britain’s aviation policy, due to report in 2015 – should look at “whether better use of existing airport capacity could be an intelligent, cost-effective alternative to building new airports or runways,” according to Transport Committee Chair Caroline Pidgeon.