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Articles from March 1

Britain's Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2011: The League Table
Rank Name Age Company Activity 1 Nick Robertson 43 Asos Fashion 2 Simon & Bobby Arora 41/39 B&M Retailing 3 Paul & Jeremy Eakin 48/43 Eakin Holdings Health...
Britain's Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2011: The Premier League
This year's top 10 are drawn from an encouragingly diverse range of sectors, which augurs well for a robust, broadly based UK recovery. 1. NICK ROBERTSON, ASOS Former ad exec Nick Robertson co-founded fashion retail website Asos in 2000, inspired...
Calling Time on Landlords
Get out of retail property before everyone else does; hedge funds should be trimmed in favour of manufacturing investment; stammer your way to success. The tectonic plates are shifting in the retail property market, but I'm not convinced landlords...
Career Masterclass: Help Poor Performers
Say something. Soon. Every moment spent cowering, festering or griping to others is a moment you could be coaching the underperformer and boosting business results. Give it to them straight. Explain the gap between their performance and what you...
Chartered Management Institute: In My Opinion
At their best, management books inspire leaders to look beyond the dayto-day grind and create a different - and better - working life for their staff. When was the last time you read a good book? I was recently asked to be judge on the Chartered...
Company Vitae: Pfizer
There's more to this US pharma giant than Viagra, the 'Pfizer riser' that launched many a spammer's career. It is still the world's largest drug company, but for how much longer? Formative years In 1849, an emigre German chemist named Charles...
Crash Course in ... Becoming a Business Angel
Your own career has been pretty successful, you've accumulated a decent amount of capital and now the idea of investing in start-up businesses appeals. But have you got what it takes to be an angel? Show us the money. You'll need at least pounds...
Decisions: Andrew Dunn, Scott Dunn, Founder and MD of the Luxury Travel Company
MY BEST ... was not calling the company 'Ski Skint'. I started up after I went to visit my sister, who was working in Verbier, Switzerland as a chalet girl. I had never skied before, but I fell utterly in love with it while I was there and I thought,...
Don't You Believe It ... Financial Incentives Boost Performance
Social scientists have known that this isn't the case for decades, but have failed to get the message across to business. Here is the story. Cognitive psychologist Karl Duncker devised the so-called candle problem in the 1930s. You are given a candle,...
First-Class Coach
Beneath the superficial generational differences, there will be a lot that unites you. Q: I have recently changed job to one where my team are all much younger than me. I've been used to managing people who were about my age, so the generation gap...
Green Growth
As the green shoots of economic recovery beckon, corporate leaders and entrepreneurs alike are leaving no stones unturned in the search for new business. Increasingly, they are coming to appreciate the potential of green growth, an area which until...
How to Know Your Customer and Grow Your Business
In tough times, all businesses should take a long hard look at who their clients are, what makes them choose their products and services, and how they could be persuaded to buy more. MT gathered a group of entrepreneurs, chief execs and customer insight...
Keeping It in the Family
Rupert Murdoch is lucky to have talented children to pass his business on to, but what if your kids don't want to take over? Earlier this year the patriarch of the Murdoch family rode into town to knock heads together following the Coulson/News...
MT Britain's Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2011: Fashion Victor
This year's winner is an online retailer who has taken the rag trade by storm. Thanks to a knack for trendspotting, lightning turnaround and plenty of old-fashioned determination, Nick Robertson's Asos is now worth 100 times what it was 10 years ago....
MT Business Heroes: Borderless Business - the Winner - P2i
Britain is often pushed to the sidelines when it comes to innovation and technology in favour of our more vociferous American peers: after all, they have Silicon Valley, we have Old Street's Silicon Roundabout. But one science and technology company...
MT Business Heroes: Green King - the Winner - Closed Loop Recycling
Our winner in the Green King category is Closed Loop Recycling - incredibly the UK's first ever plastic bottle recycling plant. When chief executive Chris Dow and his business partner Rob Pascoe arrived in the UK from Australia in 2002, they hoped...
MT Business Heroes: Mumpreneur - the Winner - Women like Us
There couldn't be a more fitting recipient of this gong. Women Like Us, a recruitment agency which specialises in placing women in part-time positions, was founded by Karen Mattison and Emma Stewart in 2005, after they realised there was an untapped...
MT Business Heroes: New Kid on the Block - the Winner - WikiJob
The idea behind the business which has clinched the New Kid on the Block title is so simple and obvious you'll wish you'd thought of it yourself. This is a career site with a difference: not only is it run by graduates for graduates, but it takes...
MT Business Heroes: Technovator - the Winner - RatedPeople.Com
Our winner in the Technovator category is Andrew Skipwith, whose bright idea it was to unite people who sometimes struggle to get on in the real world: builders and clients. It's a bit like online dating for tradespeople and their prospective home...
MT Business Heroes: True Grit - the Winner - Richard Edward
Death, disaster and being dropped by the bank - there's not much our True Grit winner hasn't faced. Richard Edward, a printing company based in Thamesmead, south-east London has really been through the mill since being founded in 1976 by brothers...
MT Business Heroes: We Could Be Heroes
To mention how tough the past 18 months have been seems an unnecessarily obvious place to start; but there are likely to be few business decisions made in that time that haven't been influenced by the environment around them. Although it would be...
MT Learning Curve: The New Ethical Management
What is it? 'BDF: babies, dolphins and forests' was how one (enlightened) business figure once characterised corporate social responsibility. CSR, and ethics in business, tend to provoke a 'yadda yadda yadda', fingers in the ears, 'not listening!'...
MT MBA & Business Education Guide: Spring 2011 - Ashridge Business School
Name of establishment: Ashridge Business School Address: Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 1NS, UK Tel: +44 (0)1442 841483 Fax: +44 (0)1442 841144 Email: mba@ashridge.org.uk Website: www.ashridge.org.uk/mba Contact for admissions: Rebecca...
MT MBA & Business Education Guide: Spring 2011 - Do the Rankings Really Help You Choose an MBA?
Picking a business school is not made easier by the fact that the rankings vary widely, with each of the big name lists using its own particular criteria and weighting. Jeremy Hazlehurst deconstructs the decision-making aids to find out why. With...
MT People: On Sharp End - I'm Only Here for the Beer
Dave Waller savours the rich smells and timeless skills of a traditional brewery. It's too early for this, I think, as I arrive for a day at St Austell Brewery. Creeping through the drizzle at 6am, past forklifts and kegs, tankers and silos, all...
MT Travel: Globetrotter
Francisco Valim travels 200,000 miles a year as CEO of Experian UK & Ireland, EMEA and Latin America. He beats the 3am curse in the gym - How many business miles have you clocked up in how many countries over the past year? In excess of...
MT Travel: Motor Mouth
Reviving the glorious Giulietta name for a mere hatchback is misguided, says Sathnam Sanghera, even if it is fun to drive. Life, after the age of 30, is basically administration. And one of the things that epitomises the lacklustre, relentlessly...
Remote Control
Some managers are still dubious about letting staff work from home But, a mixture of trust and targets should keep 'e-workers' focused. Miranda Kennett reports. Until recently, the announcement that you were planning to spend a few days a week working...
The MT Diary
In the US, divided by a common language; while in Davos, it's ooh la la Lagarde. What is it the Americans have against the English language that motivates them to torture it so brutally? I have almost become reconciled to the ungrammatical downshift...
The MT Interview: Paul Polman
The Dutch boss of Unilever likes to make an impression, shaking up both his company and the City alike in his first two years on the job It gets him noticed - the firm won MT's coveted Britain's Most Admired Company Award last year - but can he follow...
There's a Silver Lining in the Cloud
Cloud computing may sound like just another IT buzzword, but, in fact, says Andrew Greenway, global programme lead for cloud services, Accenture, the cloud offers profound benefits, such as lower IT costs and enhanced communication with customers....
Up the Creek without a Paddle
Cuts in UK public spending have hardly been decided yet, let alone taken effect. But they are a miserable business and we're already fed up to the back teeth with them. So much waste has occurred in the public sector. The pounds 191m spent on the lawyers'...
What's Your Problem?
Q: I've recently begun working for a media company in central London and I am getting fed up with my colleagues' inane banter. It seems all they ever want to talk about is The Only Way is Essex or what happened on last night's EastEnders. I didn't...
What's Your Problem?
Q: I run a logistics business with around 80 staff, and recently one of the warehouse managers told me that she was getting divorced. It transpires that the break-up has been rather messy and she has asked for some time off to get her head around recent...
Why the Middle Ground Is Feeling the Squeeze
Big beasts are struggling, so if you want to succeed in business you need your own specialism. Jamie Collinson agrees. I run a small record label that specialises in leftfield black music, a product the word 'niche' describes precisely. So I began...
You Live and You Learn: Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia
I was a very geeky child. I loved reading and spent huge amounts of time devouring books. I'd read 100 Nancy Drew books by the age of nine. Growing up in Huntsville, Alabama made me want to be an astronaut. The Redstone Arsenal and Nasa's Flight...
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