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Articles from December 1

A Whitehall Witch-Hunt
Some quangos deserve to go, but not all - the Government is being over-hasty and almost medieval in its disregard for Parliament. In October this year, 192 quangos were slashed and another 481 were merged, reorganised or reformed in the Public Bodies...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: A Bumpy Ride That's Far from Over
This year's winner Unilever is a worthy champion, a company with an admirable reputation got the hard way, by careful nurturing over many decades. Now, as the economic outlook once again turns stormy, it is reaping the rewards of a long-term commitment...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Runner-Up - Building Materials & Merchants
Company name: Travis Perkins plc Company website: www.travisperkinsplc.co.uk Address: Ryehill House, Ryehill Close, Lodge Farm Industrial Estate, Northampton, NN5 7UA Contact details: Tel: 01604 752424 Number of employees: 22,500 Company...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Runner-Up in Sector - Leisure & Hotels
Company name: IHG (InterContinental Hotels Croup) Company website: www.ihg.jobs Address: Broadwater Park, Denham, Buckinghamshire, UB9 5HR Contact details: www.ihg.com/careers Number of employees: Over 330,000 people work in the IHG brand...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Sponsor of the Awards - Careers Guide 2010
Company name: Accenture Company website: www.accenture.co.uk Address: 30 Fenchurch Street, 1 Plantation Place, London, EC3M 3BD, UK Contact details: www.accenture.com/ukcareers Number of employees: 204,000 Company summary: Accenture...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Top in Category - Quality of Goods & Services
Company name: John Lewis Partnership Company website: www.johnlewispartnership.co.uk Address: John Lewis Partnership, Carlisle Place, London, SW1P 1BX Number of employees: 70,000 Company summary: The John Lewis Partnership (JLP) operates...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Top in Sector - Construction - Home
Company name: The Berkeley Group Holdings plc Company website: www.berkeleygroup.co.uk Address: Berkeley House, 19 Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JG Contact details: Joanne Potton, tel: +44 (0)1932 868 555 Number of employees: Over...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Top in Sector - Health & Household
Company name: Reckitt Benckiser Company website: www.rb.com Address: 103-105 Bath Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 3UH, United Kingdom Contact details: learnwithrb@rb.com Number of employees: 24,900 Company summary: Reckitt Benckiser is...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Top in Sector - Leisure and Hotels
Company name: Whitbread Group plc Company website: whitbread.co.uk Address: Whitbread Court, Houghton Hall Business Park, Porz Avenue, Dunstable, LU5 5XE Contact details: www.corp.comms@whitbread.com Number of employees: 35,000 employees...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Top in Sector - Media
Company name: Sky Company website: www.workforsky.com Address: Grant Way, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 5QD, UK Contact details: Talentresourcing@bskyb.com Number of employees: 16,500 Company summary: Sky is a valued part of everyday life...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Top in Sector - Retailers - General/home
Company name: Dunelm Mill Company website: www.dunelm-mill.com Address: Fosse Way, Syston, Leicester, LE7 1NF Contact details: 0116 264 4400 Number of employees: 6,000+ Company summary: We were founded in 1979 on a Leicester market stall...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Top in Sector - Support Services
Company name: Serco Company website: www.serco.com Address: Serco House, 16 Bartley Wood Business Park, Bartley Way, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 9UY Contact details: generalenquiries@serco.com Number of employees: 70,000+ Company summary:...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Top in Sector - Transport
Company name: Stagecoach Group plc Company website: www.stagecoachgroup.com Address: 10 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 5TW Contact details: Tel: +44 (0) 1738 442111; info@stagecoachgroup.com Number of employees: 35,000 Company summary: Stagecoach...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Top in Sector - Utilities
Company name: Centrica Company website: www.centrica.com/careers Address: Milstream, Maidenhead Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 5GD, UK Contact details: careers@centrica.com Number of employees: 34,000 Company summary: Centrica is a leading...
Brtain's Most Admired Companies: Top in Sector - Software & Computer Services
Company name: Autonomy Company website: www.autonomy.com Address: Autonomy has dual headquarters in Cambridge, UK and San Francisco, USA, with global offices spanning North America, Western Europe, Australia, Asia-Pacific, Japan, India and China....
Career Masterclass: Win an Argument
Let them speak first. Listen, identify their concerns (getting promoted, closing a deal) and then tailor an irresistible argument. Give them credit. Ask questions that guide them to your conclusion Who'd reject an idea they've come up with themselves?...
Chartered Management Institute: In My Opinion
Dawn Austwick, chief executive of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and a CMI Companion, proposes some solutions to the Big Society conundrum. It's funny how you can wait years for an idea to come of age and at the very moment the conditions look to...
Company Vitae Argos
The catalogue store is the UK's largest toy retailer and its second largest furniture supplier. With roots in the 1970s, can it see off the internet threat? Formative years Argos began life in 1973, the brainchild of Green Shield savings stamps...
Crash Course in ... Going Back to the Floor
The organisation isn't quite firing on all cylinders but nobody can tell you what's wrong. A survey, meanwhile, shows your people think senior management is 'remote and has little understanding of what they do'. Time to get back to the floor? It's...
Don't You Believe It ... Risk Is a Bad Thing
Too many people who ought to know better seem to regard risk in business as an intrinsically bad thing. And yet business without risk would be like cooking without salt, or life without sex. Risk is simply possibility, and without possibility there...
Excitement and Trepidation
Our serial entrepreneur looks forward to a Christmas shindig, but his natural optimism is tinged with concern for the transitory nature of the e-world we inhabit. Every December, a few days before Christmas, I attend one of my favourite lunches...
First-Class Coach
Q: As a manager, I like to encourage people and avoid criticising them, as I know I don't respond well to criticism myself. The trouble is that some of the staff who have been here for a while aren't very effective. How can I get them to perform better...
MT People: The Sharp End - the Virus Hunters
Forget Bruce Willis, it's a pony-tailed IT geek who'll save the world, finds Dave Waller. I'm off to Dublin to spend a day fighting viruses, a job which involves exposing myself to bots and worms, Trojans and parasites. They may only be computer...
MT Travel: Globetrotter
Entrepreneur Mark Dixon covers 200,000 miles a year as CEO of serviced office provider Regus. He finds power naps essential for beating jet lag. - How many business miles have you clocked up in how many countries over the past year? Close to...
The MT Diary
Why RR boss still smells of Roses; Browne report good, Green report bad; Asia hots up. 'Can I offer you a bread item at all?' is the sort of question you don't want to wake up to on a long flight home from Singapore. It makes you instantly nostalgic...
The MT Interview: Richard Desmond
The proprietor of the Express and OK! - and now Five - is one of the most divisive figures in the British media. A self-styled outsider, he admits that a third of his staff probably loathe him, yet his wide-ranging work for charity and hopes of owning...
What's Your Problem?
Q: My husband and I work together on a business we founded more than 15 years ago. We have recently run into some marital problems and at this point it's looking like we're heading for a divorce. It's obviously an incredibly difficult time and I don't...
What's Your Problem?
Q: How seriously should I take talk of the likelihood of a double-dip recession? I'm starting to get nervous about my job security - and not without reason. I have been made redundant three times in the last four years and the last time it happened...
What's Your Problem?
Q: I'm a commercial director at a large blue-chip organisation. I recently hired a guy in his thirties as a sales manager. I was hesitant about hiring him initially because I sensed his overconfidence might rub a few people up the wrong way. It turns...
Where's the Dough in Artisan Bread?
Long since commoditised into blandness, the run-of-the-mill British loaf is being put to shame by the exotic output of more caring bakers - and their 'gastronaut' customers have stayed loyal throughout the downturn. But are there easier ways to make...
You Live and You Learn: Nicola Horlick, CEO, Bramdean
My childhood was like something out of an Enid Blyton book. We lived in the Wirral in a large house on the edge of the Royal Liverpool Golf Course, where my brother and I played on the beautiful white sands. I have a clear idea of what's right and...
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