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Articles from November 1

Always Behind the Curve
Efforts to plug our leaky corporate governance rules may address the flaws that caused the recent crisis, but won't avert the next. Over the past 20 years, and coinciding with my time as a non-executive director, there has been a huge increase in...
Chartered Management Institute: In My Opinion
Garvis Snook, CEO of Rok and a CMI Companion, blames backward working practices for underperformance in the UK construction industry. A dog, a wife and a mulberry tree, the more thee beat them, the better they be. So says the ancient rhyme, and...
Crash Course in ... Reducing Your Energy Usage
At night, your building is lit up like a spaceship; in winter, it's hotter than Death Valley; and in summer, the air-con frosts up your specs. Your fuel bills would keep a small hedge fund in business, and just look at the energy-related legislation...
Decisions: Juliet Davenport, Good Energy Group - Founder and CEO of the Renewable Electricity Supplier
MY BEST ... One of my best decisions was to get a really good PA. I've had her for three years and what I find as I grow up with the business is that my job is now to be ambassador for the company. I spend a lot of time out of the business, so,...
Don't You Believe It ... Costs Are the Best Basis for Pricing
If there's a business faux pas that makes me queasy, it's this one. Cost-plus pricing is widespread, but so many things are wrong with it that it's going to be hard fitting them all into this space. But here goes ... Cost-plus ignores the value...
Editorial: Alpha Dads' Moment of Truth
There will be some who find our cover feature fluffy or even downright frivolous. A series of interviews with leading male business figures and their daughters, embellished with delightful portraits? 'Send it to Red or Marie Claire,' sceptics might...
Fathers & Daughters
The cause of women in business is being advanced in an unexpected way - by alpha male bosses who have observed at first hand the determination of their own offspring to make headway in the workplace Alison Maitland offers three inspiring examples ......
First-Class Coach: At the Outset, the Coach Can Clarify Goals and Bring to the Surface Any Unspoken Desires
Q: I've trained as an internal coach for my organisation and have started doing sessions for junior staff and middle management. But one of the employees I'm coaching has told me about personal circumstances that make me feel that they shouldn't be...
Green Business Awards 2009: Advertisement Feature - Greener Businesses - A Winning Formula
Dr Paul Leinster, chief executive of the Environment Agency, commends green business and calls for a sharing of best practice. Just as it is impossible to ignore the current economic pressure that businesses are under, it is also impossible to...
Green Business Awards 2009: Annual Report
In the same spirit of transparency that we ask of entrants to the Green Business Awards, we are pleased to report on submission and judging procedures this year. The scheme made important advances. Key elements are outlined below. AIMS The aims...
Green Business Awards 2009: Carbon Management - Business Travel
WINNER - LOGICA Logica offers IT consulting and business services. It has more than 40,000 employees worldwide, 5,000 of them in Britain. Its UK business had a turnover of pounds 710m in 2008. The company spends about pounds 10m annually on travel...
Green Business Awards 2009: Carbon Management - Emissions Reduction Achievement and Ambition
WINNER - COMMERCIAL GROUP Commercial Group is a leading independent integrated office services and supplies group. Based in Cheltenham, it has more than 150 employees, and in 2008 had a turnover of pounds 137m. In 2007, Commercial Group committed...
Green Business Awards 2009: Carbon Management - HR and Employee Engagement
WINNER - DNV DNV is a provider of health, safety and environmental risk services and an independent foundation with the objective of safeguarding life, property and the environment. Headquartered in Norway and with staff at a number of UK offices,...
Green Business Awards 2009: Carbon Management - Marketing Communications
WINNER - BRITISH GAS NEW ENERGY British Gas New Energy was launched in 2007 to supply the growing British market for low-carbon and energy-efficient products and services. It is part of Centrica, an energy utility with 27,500 staff, a turnover of...
Green Business Awards 2009: Carbon Management - Reporting and Accounting
WINNER - ASTER GROUP Aster is a not-for-profit housing association providing housing and related services in central southern and south-west England. Group companies own and manage nearly 17,000 homes, have a turnover of more than pounds 80m and,...
Green Business Awards 2009: Environmental Management - Biodiversity Protection
WINNER - CENTER PARCS Center Parcs offers family holidays at four forest locations in the UK. It has 3,600 staff, and in 2008 had a turnover of pounds 263m. Biodiversity has been an important focus from the firm's arrival in the UK in 1987,...
Green Business Awards 2009: Environmental Management - Overall Environmental Management
WINNER - BOVIS LEND LEASE Bovis Lend Lease is a leading project management and construction company operating in more than 30 countries. It employs 8,000, 1,800 of them in the UK. The firm has high-quality environmental management procedures. It...
Green Business Awards 2009: Environmental Management - Waste Reduction
WINNER - DENSO MANUFACTURING UK Denso Manufacturing UK is an automotive components manufacturer and subsidiary of the global Denso Corporation. In the UK, it employs nearly 900 staff at its base in Telford, Shropshire, and had a turnover of pounds...
Green Business Awards 2009: Environmental Management - Water Management
WINNER - TUBE LINES Tube Lines upgrades and maintains the London Underground's Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines. It employs more than 3,300 staff and in 2008 turned over pounds 874m. The company's environmental policy has 'more sustainable...
Green Business Awards 2009: Green Business - Green Product
WINNER - ICI PAINTS AKZONOBEL ICI Paints AkzoNobel is the UK decorative paints division of AkzoNobel, a Dutch chemical company that acquired ICI in January 2008. Before it was purchased, ICI had 15,000 staff and an annual turnover of pounds 4.8bn....
Green Business Awards 2009: Green Business - Green Service
WINNER - ALERTME AlertMe was launched in 2008 as a service enabling householders to monitor home security and energy consumption. In 2008, it achieved a turnover of pounds 380,000 and had 29 staff. In 2009, AlertMe made smart energy its central...
Green Business Awards 2009: Green Business - Green Service (Micro-Organisations)
WINNER - DIG IT PROJECTS Dig It Projects is a garden landscaping company run by its owner Richard Smith in Cleveland. The company installs allotment gardens in schools to grow fresh fruit and vegetables and at the same time raise awareness on...
Green Business Awards 2009: Highly Commended
Carbon management - Emissions reduction achievement and ambition BT GROUP BT is a leading global provider of communications services with more than 86,000 staff. The company has a strong record of cutting emissions and has continued to take...
Green Business Awards 2009: Introduction
Management Today and ENDS are proud to present the results of the Green Business Awards 2009, organised by Haymarket Business Media. This year, we are delighted to announce 12 winners and a further 11 organisations that have been highly commended by...
Green Business Awards 2009: Judging Panel
Martin Baxter - Acting chief executive, Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) Peter Brotherton - Head of Biodiversity, Natural England Martin Charter, Director, the Centre for Sustainable Design Graham Donachie - Policy...
Green Business Awards 2009: Sponsor's Foreword
We all know the perils we face from climate change, and that the responsibility to act to avert them rests heavily with the business community. eaga is therefore proud to sponsor the Green Business Awards once again. In just three years, the awards...
Greening Your Footprint
Having committed the UK to an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, the Government is applying a carrot-and-stick scheme to big corporate energy users that rewards frugality and punishes profligacy In time, this will encompass all businesses....
If I Had to Start Again ... Sir Keith Mills
When I was young, I thought I'd be quite a good film director. But then I left school at 15 and I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. Added to which, I had no qualifications at all, apart from a swimming certificate - and that was for a...
Is Small Beautiful or Big Better?
In association with British Gas Business, MT gathered leaders representing both ends of the business scale to debate the pros and cons of being an SME compared with a large corporate. John Vincent: I started out quite big; I used to work at Procter...
Motor Mouth
The Alfa Romeo MiTo is hyped as the sportiest compact car on the market, but Sathnam Sanghera struggles to find the fun in it. The longer I write this column, the more it feels like having an extra-marital affair. Not because of the sexual tension...
MT Masterclass: M&A
What is it? It's a jungle out there. Kill or be killed. This is the iron law of business. Get big or die trying: merge, acquire or lose out. Every company has its price, and if you can afford it, a deal can be done. But not before a PR battle gets...
On the Slab: Tootsies
When it first opened its doors in London's swanky Holland Park back in 1971, Tootsies was the original posh burger chain. But, these days, it is less famous for its gourmet patties than for the string of heavy-hitters who have tried to grab themselves...
The MT Diary
David Hare puts me on the London stage, and Milan's fashionistas take over La Scala. It's odd to watch oneself on stage. That was my fate at the National Theatre opening of The Power of Yes, David Hare's play about the financial crisis. (Anyone...
The MT Interview: Sir Marcus Agius
Barclays' chairman is proud of the 'constructive dynamic' that infuses the bank's board. It certainly held together in the crisis, picking up Lehman's US business and raising its own emergency funds. But how does that Varley/Diamond combo work? ...
The Myth of Multi-Tasking
Execs who tweet and text while they 'work' may come across as cool operators, but the evidence suggests a muddleheaded displacement activity or an attack of attention deficit disorder brought on by our multi-channel world. One thing at a time, says...
The Sharp End: I'm Making Love Happen
Always the moderator, never the groom, Dave Waller mans a dating site's phones. Love. It will bring us together, it will tear us apart. And, with the rise of online dating, millions are being made from it. We'd just have to spend our working lives...
What's Your Problem?
Q: I was recruited to a company about six months ago, with the intention of taking over the division when the manager stepped down (he now has). However, the company has undergone a change in senior management, and the current regional and national...
What's Your Problem?
Q: I'm a first-time manager and have been in the role for three months now. I've yet to receive any training and, with cutbacks, it's unlikely I will get any in the near future. I'm struggling with a relatively new employee who, at the moment, isn't...
What's Your Problem?
Q: I sat down to watch some telly on Saturday and was amazed to see someone who indirectly reports to me on X Factor. I had no idea that he was going to appear and was impressed. He had kept it quiet but has now become a bit of a celebrity in the...
Your Route to the Top: Bend the Rules
Move the masses. Think like Martin Luther King and paint a vivid picture of the great things you hope to accomplish. Once your colleagues see what could be achieved with a little audacity, they'll be more likely to turn a blind eye, help you navigate...
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