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Articles from August 4

A Fruitful Union
From Da Vinci to Tracey Emin, artists have always relied on commercial benefactors. But, like the protagonists in our reworking of Jan van Eyck's Arnolfini Wedding (opposite), modern firms are finding that there's more to marriage than money. Getting...
COMING UP FAST: How to Make Risk-Prone Products Pay Off
Few firms can be more at the mercy of trends than Kinnerton, maker of 'character' sweets for kids. But by knowing how to assess and spread risk, it keeps its fortunes sweet. Rhymer Rigby reports. We are sitting at a glass table in a rather stylish...
CUTTING ROOM: Evan Davis at Large
Why we'd all lose from capital gains on house sales; the first sign of an upturn?; my hell at the Eden Project; the fatal attraction of SUVs ... A new think-tank report suggests that we charge capital gains tax on owner-occupied housing. The proposal...
Doing Good Business
Recent polls demonstrate that the apparent arrogance of some companies and the greed of directors alienate the public, especially the young. Des Wilson wants to see corporate peer groups calling their more selfish brethren to account. It's usually...
EDITORIAL: Business Sense Meets Artistic Sensibility
Art and money have been uneasy bedfellows over the millennia. You cannot have one without the other, but creative purists have traditionally argued that art is sullied and reduced in its worth by any contact with grubby Mammon. Having said this, it's...
First Class Coach
In my department, everyone moans all the time about almost everything. Their relentless pessimism is not only counter-productive, it's getting me down. What can I do about it? Constant complaining used to be viewed as something of a British disease,...
In My Opinion
Chartered Management Institute companion Michael Bailey, CEO of food services provider Compass Group, on motivating and developing employees. I was intrigued by a recent radio interview with Laura Tyson of the London Business School. Professor Tyson...
Inside Out
It is becoming settled opinion in Westminster that the wave of woes that has rocked the Government is more than just mid-term blues. In the dying days of Parliament's summer session, Tony Blair summoned some of Fleet Street's finest to 10 Downing...
MOTOR MOUTH: Fast and Furious - BMW M3 CSL Pounds 58,445
I drove the new BMW M3 CSL around the Goodwood circuit in Sussex - about the only place it would be entirely sane and safe to do so. When Jim Clark won the 1965 German Grand Prix in his beautiful, nimble Lotus 33 he set a fastest lap of 8 minutes 24.1...
My Euro Terms
Sceptics believe that Gordon Brown's five economic tests for taking Britain into the eurozone will be met - if at all - only when it is politically expedient for the Government. As a counterweight, MT asked 11 leaders of influence to propose their...
Reality Bites
We have a Trades Descriptions Act protecting consumers from being mis-sold a product. How about an Act that does the same for jobs? Like all dysfunctional relationships, the one between British employers and employees is riddled with lies. Both...
SELLING POINT: The End of Cordiant
The spectacle of WPP's Martin Sorrell, Publicis' Maurice Levy and other more secretive prowlers picking over the bones of this once mighty group of agencies brings a melancholy end to a tumultuous adland story. What went wrong? John Tylee reports....
THE ANDREW DAVIDSON INTERVIEW: John Makinson
The head of Penguin is not your conventional manager-on-the-make. A financial journalist by training, he has switched easily between advertising, consultancy and corporate management without formal qualifications, and some mark him out as next boss...
The Human Factor
For Rocco Forte, putting his name over the door of his new enterprise gave a clear indication that this was a matter of pride rather than just money. It was with the air of an exiled ruler reclaiming his territory that Sir Rocco Forte marched back...
WEAK AT THE TOP: John Weak's Diary
MONDAY The working class are agitating for more money. Generally, I have very little sympathy for the working class. If they did any real work, they'd be the middle class. The way Smokehouse is set up is that we have a head office down South where...
What's Your Problem?
I RUN THE DIVISION BUT THEY MAKE THE DECISIONS Q: I run a semi-autonomous division of a large company. We are performing adequately in financial terms, although we could probably do better. We have recently come under scrutiny by some of the company's...
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