In my opinion

Inspiring stories from our own back yard

For those of us born without the football gene, this is going to be a challenging month. You have to plan your movements carefully to avoid being swamped by the sport. I knew that going to the gym would be risky with all those giant screens, but thankfully that nice Mr Bannatyne has shelled out […]

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Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

Isn’t it weird how a sunny day changes the complexion of the world? OK, those of you reading this in Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur might shrug your shoulders as you rush from your air conditioned office to your air conditioned apartment. But, here in Blighty, sunny Sundays are about as common as humble […]

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National debt? Let me get my cheque book…

The Party Political Broadcast begins. The camera zooms in on a contrite Phillip Hammond, who tries and fails to look like a man in control of events. “This is not the usual broadcast you expect from your government. I am here on a special fund raising mission on behalf of UK PLC. You see, things […]

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Which profession fails 12 out of every 13 clients?

Imagine the headline. “Come to us and you have a 1 in 13 chance of success”. Wow, that should get the phones buzzing. Let’s try a different approach. How about “92.3% of our clients fail. But we’ll try really hard to get you into the 7.7%”. Whichever way you phrase it, there’s no escaping what […]

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The nightmare that could happen to any of us in 2018 Britain…

I’ll call them Peter and John to protect the innocent. They are two entrepreneurs who were working their proverbials off to build their franchise business back in 2014. Things were going well.  They were disrupting their market with a combination of strong online branding linked to local brick and mortar presence. When you go entirely […]

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The Best and the Worst of France in 7 Days…

Ambling along La Croisette in Cannes yesterday, you could feel the sense of anticipation for the 71st Film Festival that opens today. After working night and day on a major refurbishment over the last six months, the Hotel Martinez is almost ready to receive its A list guests. The red carpet and the black Mercedes […]

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