After trade secretary Liam Fox addressed Conservative activists at a reception, the internet exploded in anger. Embodying the criticism British business leaders have of his speech, columnist Jan Cavelle penned him a letter.
Author Jan Cavelle
Entrepreneurship has been the catchword of the last ten years and politicians have heralded it as the solution to our various economic problems – from decreasing the number of jobless Brits to the incredible success of businesses in a period of uncertainty.
Scanning the web today, my eye caught the details of a research project claiming lazy people are more intelligent.
Cultural fit, values, mission statements and so on are now part of accepted business thinking. But within manufacturing, they are much harder concepts to sell.
What separates a good sales team from a great one? According to Real Business columnist Jan Cavelle, it's the ability to cope during tough times.
While the UK's politicians are bickering among themselves and doing nothing to calm our uncertainty, business leaders need to take note of Mark Carney and provide the voice of stability.
We have all known for years that most main party leaders are given to manipulating facts and figures to suit themselves. Never, till this vicious back biting, cat fight of an election has it been so starkly revealed that we can barely trust a single word that comes out of their mouths.
Increasingly modern day culture has veered towards an almost diva-like attitude to employment, meaning we have to work harder to recruit and retain good people. But unless we do so, we have no hope of having a successful company.
While Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley was right when he said he's not Father Christmas, or anything remotely similar, his comments about accountability in a big company will resonate with a business leader or two.
We are recruiting again this month and hearing some of the tales of woe, I have been reminded of how many people have absolutely no idea how to be interviewed.
It's welcome news that Lord Sugar is back in his enterprise tsar role as the government badly needs to gain some serious support for business right now – and this could be real concrete help.
More gloom has been revealed in the government’s latest data, which suggested supply from industrial production is ten per cent lower than pre-recession. The manufacturing figures though are heavily affected by the steel crisis – but everyone is acting as if the steel crisis is something new.