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Articles from December

A Country Eager for Business
Foreign investors who are beating a path to the leafy capital of Kazakhstan need a strong appetite for risk - and deep pockets. By Hashi Syedain On the tree-lined avenue of Ablai Khan, recently changed from Kommunistichsky Prospect, stands an elegant...
A Stance That Has Left Us in the Worst of Both Worlds
This time last year I said that growth in 1992 would be close to zero. It is now plain that even that downbeat prediction was too cheerful. For a dismal Johnny like myself this was a shock. In January I suggested that there were 10 reasons to...
BCE: The Alternative to Coal
Creating opportunities for coal-miners should assure BCE long-term employment No one will be watching the deliberations of the cross-party Trade and Industry Select Committee proceed with its review of the pit closures with greater interest than...
Big Business Is Bountiful
Yes, Christmas is upon us once again: the distant ring of sleighbells, the clatter of reindeer's hooves on snow-clad roofs, the gimlet-eyed scrutiny of the financial bottom line in tinselled boardrooms up and down the land. So, to help add to the general...
Facts about Fiction at Random
A best-seller which disproved many publishing theories was a particular triumph for Gail Rebuck, UK head of Random House. By Chris Blackhurst Once Gail Rebuck, the head of Random House UK -- the publishing group that embraces Jonathan Cape, Chatto...
Faith in Small Wonders
The legion of small firms that sprang up during the boom of the 1980s has been savaged in the 1990s. In early autumn the Federation of Small Businesses, which represents 55,000 companies, complained that interest rate cuts had come too late for many...
How They Put the Bite on Beaver
A regular look at small business Here's a story of our time. A Christmas Carol, almost, updated 149 years. By a lesser hand than the original, certainly, and shorn of all the uplifting optimism that characterised so much Victorian writing....
How to Grow Growth
If it were possible to design an economy from scratch, how should it differ from the modern British economy? What kind of institutions should it have, how big should its public sector be, relative to the total economy, and what kind and mix of firms...
IMCO's Global Perspective
Antony Brown, the winner of IM's annual essay competition, talks to the chief executive of IMCO, Graham Stanford, about the firm's philosophy Manufacturing company IMCO is poised to become one of the global giants of the 21st century. It started...
Just Desserts for RHM
Revenge, as Today pere was wont to say, is sweet: but revenge with a majority shareholding thrown in is positively saccharine. Consider, friends, the case of Dr John Randall, ex-mastermind of one of the UK's great postwar success stories, Avana Foods....
New Stimulus for Those Simulations
Techniques . Methods . Strategies Computer-based business simulations have, quite rightly, often been disparaged as mere 'business games'. Critics have focused their complaints on a key weakness: their inability to replicate conditions and forces...
Sir Desmond Pitcher
Mention Sir Desmond Pitcher's name in London and the chances are the response will be, 'Who?' Mention his name on Merseyside and it's very likely to be, 'What's he doing now?' For if anyone has earned his nickname of Mister Merseyside, it is Des...
Slow-Burn for Learning
1 COMPANIES Companies are putting more effort into training nowadays. However, the recession, badly thought out schemes and class issues are proving setbacks. When asked if British companies' training record had really improved as much as...
The King of Cookware
'I suppose,' hazards Paul van Zuydam, enunciating clearly, 'that there's a little flaw in the glaze.' The quality inspector looks troubled, fingers the reject item under van Zuydam's scrutiny and then beams, 'Mais non, monsieur, il y a bien un petit...
The Price of Shoddy Practice
At midnight on 31 December - or so we were once confidently assured - the European Single Market will transform the business landscape. Even the storm over Maastricht and the disintegration of the exchange rate mechanism (ERM) were not supposed to...
Time to Stop Toeing the Party Line on Economic Policy
Since the economic humiliation of Great Britain Ltd in the autumn of 1992, British management has been spared in the fumbling search for scapegoats. Obviously a close connection exists between manufacturing's performance and the current account deficits...
Why Germans like the Best of British
British companies are the best in Europe, according to company performance benchmarks developed at Kiel University in Germany. And far from being doomed to extinction by the corporate cultures of more prosperous countries, the British corporate style...
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