In October 2016, adverts spread across Heathrow airports, comprising a frog in a tie and the text, “Tired of the fog? Try the frogs”. This was an attempt by Paris’ business district, La Défense, to court UK workers.
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Adam Smith may have coined the phrase, but Napoleon made it famous: England is a “nation of shopkeepers”. Today, Britain is a nation of startups, with a record 608,100 new companies formed in 2016 alone. But when it comes to helping startups to scale, we have lamentably failed.
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When it comes to telecom companies, none feature as prominently in the news as BT. But after taking constant hits about its lack of broadband investment and alleged poor customer service, it seems BT is at least trying to get Openreach in order.
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The July 2016 vote caused the perfect financial Brexit storm. Now six months on, the pound is weak and consistently undervalued when considering the state of other European economies which are far weaker.
According to prime minister Theresa May, her newly announced industrial strategy will back Britain for the long term, “creating the conditions where successful businesses can emerge and grow”.
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Across the economy, businesses are increasingly investing more in the knowledge economy.
More businesses are prioritising growth – 62 per cent of mid-sized firms viewed it as a high priority in 2015-16, up from 46 per cent the previous year. External investment is often key to that growth.
It’s not as if customer relationship management (CRM) solutions are anything new – many organisations have invested in it. The purpose of that investment has been anything from having a basic systems of record through to serving customers better. So what has changed?