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Articles from September 1

Buying Up Britain
The sale of Cadbury to Kraft made many think overseas ownership of UK firms has gone too far. But plenty of businesses based here are thriving thanks to foreign investment. Jeremy Hazlehurst investigates the myths and realities of our takeover culture....
Cameron's Fantasy Island
Olympics success will not boost the economy by itself. What the UK more urgently needs is a complete rethink of how we do business. It is remarkable that in the midst of the worst economic conditions since the 1930s we have had a year of official...
Career Masterclass: Dealing with Conflict
Embrace it. Healthy conflict sparks innovation and accelerates progress. Ask yourself: is the conflict bigger than a personal dispute? Could it push the organisation forward? If the answers are yes, stop worrying and start arguing. Face it. Furious...
Charity Shops Cash In
The times when all they sold was old clothes and Val Doonican LPs are long gone. These days, the UK's third sector is packed with slick retail operators that are using the downturn to rack up their presence on the high street. John Morrish has a rummage....
Company Vitae: The Bank of England
Threadneedle Street's Old Lady is due a replacement governor next year. But what's in store for the new bug? - Formative years Incorporated in 1694, the Governor and Company of the Bank of England is the world's second-oldest central bank (after...
Crash Course in ... Managing Shareholders
Your board is panicking about being voted down by rebellious investors at your next company meeting. So how do you keep your shareholders onside, and your credibility with the investment community intact? Know your investors. Many of the names on...
Decisions: Harriet Bridgeman - the Bridgeman Art Library, Founder and Chairman of the Fine Art Picture Agency
MY BEST ... While editing Discovering Antiques, I realised it would be much more convenient if we could provide a central database of images. All the rights holders would benefit, because they weren't making much money from the photographs of their...
Globetrotter
Dessislava Bell, founder of sportswear brand Zaggora, on where to get the best hamburger in New York - and missing a flight to Kazakhstan. - Where do you travel? I'm away at least once a month, mainly to the Far East and eastern Europe because...
How to Play the Growth Game
From civil engineering to financial services to chutney, our panel members have been able to expand even in these testing times. There's no single strategy, but exports, infrastructure development and nurturing entrepreneurship are the key themes....
How We Started Up Our Own Free School
With a disused site under renovation, an imaginative curriculum mapped out and experienced staff recruited, IAN WYLIE and his wife, the new principal, sat down to talk to the Department for Education. They're ready now for the new intake but, boy,...
In My Opinion: Chartered Management Institute
Robin Field-Smith, Chairman of the CMI Companions Assessment Panel, on why leaders' values and beliefs should be rooted in the common good. Sir Peter Ellwood's piece in the July edition helpfully promoted the value of integrity - 'nothing is more...
Lessons from the Olympics
The Olympics created a Perfect Storm of Positivity and one can only hope this will last into what might be a long fourth quarter of the year. The Games have acted upon us like a legal and wholesome mood-enhancing drug - my Velodrome visit to see the...
Motor Mouth
The Ferrari California, for all its potency, is also a fantastic car for just cruising around in, says Sathnam Sanghera. It's a bit awkward, I suppose, that I got so excited about the one-litre, pounds 7,995, 62.8 mpg VW Up in my previous review....
MT Fleet Car: 10 Best Fleet Cars
Mercedes hangs on to the best luxury category with the S350 CDI, but the Chevrolet Volt, with its range-extender petrol-electric drivetrain, surely points to the future of motoring, while Toyota races away in the coupe category with its much-praised...
MT Fleet Car: Fleet Turns over a New Leaf
Faced with CO2-based taxation, fleet has cut costs by ditching the gas-guzzlers in favour of smaller engined, low emissions models. But now, it's starting to look as if the Government may respond with new taxes to top up its revenue. Ian Wylie reports....
MT Fleet Car: The Truth about Fuel Consumption
Official figures are based on unrealistic driving conditions and can be a poor guide to real mpg and running costs. Chas Hallett reports on a new high-tech approach that leaves no room for doubt about the best - and worst - performers for your fleet....
MT Learning Curve: Time Management
What is it? In a resource-constrained world, time is one commodity that cannot be artificially created or replicated. So how managers organise their day is crucial to their success or failure. It was Henry Minztberg who pointed out four decades ago...
MT People: The Sharp End - Getting into the Groove
Dave Waller dodges the crackheads to sell vintage soul and jazz to Chicago's vinyl junkies. The Sharp End is sending me to sample life in a used record store. Can you get any sharper than the thin end of a music industry that's been chipped away...
Permission for Growth
Planning reforms must stop busybodies getting in the way of business; book publishing has a choice - reform or unravel; the dead hand of non-profit 'progressives'. I'm pleased that the Coalition says it is committed to property planning reform....
Serving Up a Takeover
Would you spend pounds 9m on a dying restaurant chain in the middle of a recession? That's what Brasserie Blanc entrepreneur Mark Derry did, snapping up eight key sites - including Covent Garden flagship the Opera Terrace - from the ailing Chez Gerard...
The MT Diary
Olympic getaway: a toucan in Thailand, Spinning in NY, a Quidi Vidi in Newfoundland. Like most Londoners, I found that my closest email pal this summer was Transport for London's marketing and communications director, Vernon Everitt. He regularly...
The MT Interview: AC Grayling
As the first term begins at his pounds 18,000-a-year liberal arts university in Bloomsbury, the celebrated philosopher turned businessman swats away the carpings of the educational establishment, claiming that his New College of the Humanities will...
There Are More Than Six Steps to Success
It's strange. There's money to be made publishing books that offer six steps to 'living the life you deserve' or eight steps to 'effective change management', but you couldn't sell a book offering 'seven moves to win any chess game'. Punters would...
What's Your Problem?
Q: I returned from maternity leave five months ago. I now work three days a week but am being subjected to badmouthing from one of my boss's colleagues. I suspect jealousy is at the root of it (she has two young children but works full-time). I never...
What's Your Problem?
Q: I work at a management consultancy and receive a good salary, though I still rent a flat with a university friend. I want to buy my own house now but feel really guilty because my flatmate is on a very low salary and can't afford to buy with me....
You Live and You Learn - Sir Philip Hampton, Chairman of RBS
Becoming finance director at British Steel in 1990 was my first big role. At 37, I was incredibly young to be offered the job at a FTSE 100 firm. I brought the average age of the board down to 59. Being a corporate fixer is a label I don't think...
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