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Articles from December 1

Books: A Subject to Never Tire Of
The graphical exploration of London's infinite variety is endlessly fascinating - and it's funny and original too, says Chris Blackhurst. - London: The Information Capital James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti Particular Books/Penguin, pounds 17.99...
Books: At the Limits of the Known World
This thrilling account of a 16th-century voyage across the top of Russia also excels at describing the birth of the modern company, says Mathew Lyons. - Merchant Adventurers: The voyage of discovery that transformed Tudor England James Evans...
Books: My Top Reads of 2014
TRACEY FOLLOWS - STRATEGIST AND CHAIR OF THE APG (ACCOUNT PLANNING GROUP) - Creativity, Inc Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration Ed Catmull, with Amy Wallace Twenty-first-century businesses need lessons...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Company Showcase 2014 - BASF (UK) Chemicals
BASF (UK) Chemicals Website: www.basf.co.uk Address: PO Box 4, Earl Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 6QG Employees: 1,600+ in the UK BASF, the world's leading chemical company, offers intelligent system solutions and sophisticated products...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Company Showcase 2014 - Berkeley Group
Top in sector: construction: home Berkeley Group Residential developer Website: www.berkeleygroup.co.uk Head office: Berkeley House, 19 Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JG Employees: approx 2,000 Contact: www.berkeleygroup.co.uk Telephone number:...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Company Showcase 2014 - BT Group Plc
BT Group plc Telecommunications Website: www.btplc.com Head office: BT Centre, 81 Newgate Street, London EC1A 7AJ Employees: 89,000 BT is one of the world's leading communications services companies, serving the needs of customers in the UK and in...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Company Showcase 2014 - Derwent London Plc
Top in sector: property Derwent London plc Real estate investment trust Website: www.derwentlondon.com Head office: 25 Savile Row, London W1S 2ER Employees: 112 Derwent London plc owns a portfolio of commercial real estate predominantly in central...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Company Showcase 2014 - Easyjet Airline
Top in sector: transport overall third place easyjet Airline Website: www.easyjet.com/en/; http://corporate.easyjet.com/investors.aspx Head office: Hangar 89, London Luton Airport, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 9PF Employees: 8,900 easyJet was established...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Company Showcase 2014 - Johnson Matthey
BMAC Winner top in sector: Chemicals criteria winner: Attracting talent and investment value Johnson Matthey Chemicals Website: www.matthey.com Head office: 5th Floor, 25 Farringdon Street, London, EC4A 4AB Employees: 12,000 Johnson Matthey is a leading...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Goodwill Hunting the Value of Corporate Reputation
Reputational value is a vital contributor to market capitalisation, and it can be measured, say Simon Cole and Sandra Macleod of Reputation Dividend. What's a reputation worth? It's a question that every board in the country would love to have an...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Most Admired League Table 2014
The rankings are based on the verdicts of Britain's largest public companies, across nine criteria of success '14 '13 Company Score 1 7 Johnson Matthey 72.93 2 32 Next ...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Winners Don't Need to Shout
It's tightly focused businesses that are in the ascendant this year, especially in chemicals and engineering. But high-street favourites Next and John Lewis put in stellar performances too. If 2012 was the year of the quiet individual, thanks to...
Company Vitae: @ESA
The story behind the Euro-quango whose Rosetta mission finally put Nasa in the shade. Formative years Its roots date back to the 'Sputnik shock' of the late 1950s, but the European Space Agency didn't actually come into being until 1975. Nasa...
Crash Course: Valuing Your Brands
Your board is about to make some big strategic decisions about acquisitions and disposals and where to invest. One of the big unknowns is the worth of your company's brands - so is it time to do some valuation? Why bother? 'Strong brands influence...
Diary
Comfort gives the Dutch courage - Swiss politics is on a roll - Do your dim sums, Mr Osborne - Tory tizzes and red funks The Dutch economy has had a torrid time since the crisis. It has still not recovered the ground lost then, and house prices...
Editor's Letter: Street's Credibility Is Admirable
he two top awards for Most Admired this year go to a company and an individual at either end of the visibility scale. The number-one-company slot has been taken by Johnson Matthey, the leading catalytic-converter maker, which quietly makes profits...
Everything You Know about Business Is Wrong: Price Wars Are Winnable
As the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the First World War draw to a close, one sector of the economy looks as if it might be mobilising for a hugely damaging conflict of attrition of its very own I'm talking about the Great Supermarket...
Healthy Body Healthy Mind Healthy Business
What should caring employers be doing to boost wellbeing - and productivity? Do you consider yourself a caring employer? Do you believe it's your responsibility to keep your employees healthy, as well as the bottom line? And if that is the case,...
How We Beat the Odds: Georgina and Antonio Terni, Owners of Fattoria le Terrazze Vineyard in Numana, Italy
I was 38 when I married Antonio. It was 1984, and I'd lived in Numana in the Italian Marches for a few years after my first husband died in a plane crash, not far from our home. Antonio, an idealistic nuclear physicist and Bob Dylan fanatic, inherited...
Knocking the Self-Employed Doesn't Work - Why London Pips the Big Apple as Best City
This summer, the left-wing British newspaper the Guardian reported in gloomy style that self-employment in the UK had reached the highest level since records began 40 years ago. Rather than celebrate the fact that the number of people who choose to...
Life/Style - Giles English
The co-founder of luxury watchmaker Bremont extols the virtues of a manly chainsaw. Work Mornings involve muesli, emails and a lot of coffee. I listen to Radio 4 during the hour's drive from my home in Banbury to our Henley workshop, in my 1973...
MT Stuff: Gear & Gizmos
Track yourself tastefully, try an app for the elements, tweet like a bird and step into Shackleton's chic shoes. chirp.io iOS, Android Free Birdsong is priceless, but robotic birdsong is free. Chirp allows you to share pictures, notes and...
MT Stuff: Motor Mouth - Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GX4
Grand claims are made for this hybrid's range, but it won't go anywhere if you don't put it to bed properly, says Matthew Gwyther. Petrol may be the cheapest it's been for ages but there's still a planet to save. While Tesla is going all electric...
Smoke & Mirrors
In which the comms chief plays a mean trick on his ex-wife and his trainspotting boss finds immortality does not come cheap Monday At our board meeting last week, the finance director, Peter Barnsworth, woke from a deep coma and said the company...
The MT Interview: Andy Street
As befits the founding principles of the brand, John Lewis's managing director is a model of old-fashioned propriety. But our Most Admired Leader for 2014 is also a shrewd moderniser and no stranger to controversy. In John Lewis's calendar, there...
UK Perfume's Sweet Smell of Success
With independent fragrance stores blossoming around the country, the UK's artisan scent industry is experiencing its 'punk rock' moment Oliver Bennett reports. Lordship Lane, in East Dulwich, London, is the sort of thoroughfare that has become such...
What's Your Problem?
That full-blown snog might just have given him a taste for adventure. Q. I shared a cab home with my boss after the office Christmas party and our goodbye peck on the cheek turned into a full-blown drunken snog. I'm painfully embarrassed about the...
When a Trusted Old Friend Gave Up the Ghost, It Made Room for a Elegant New Italian in My Life - and, No, It's Not a Fiat Punto
The moment of truth arrived when the hood of my beloved Saab stopped halfway down. I had my four-year-old grandson safely strapped in the back seat, who loves to be driven with the roof down whatever the weather. On cold days I would turn up the brilliant...
Wise Words: Self Coach ... Ace Those Meetings
Ask senior executives where they spend their least productive hours and they'll tell you it's in meetings. If you're responsible for holding meetings and they're not effective, for your own sake and for all the attendees whose time you're wasting,...
Wise Words: Think Again - Why Most New Year's Resolutions Fail
In much of the western world, an estimated one in two adults begins every year with some form of resolution: to lose weight, to exercise more, to eat more healthily, or, in the case of rapper Jay Z, who was caught fighting with his sister-in-law...
You Live and You Learn: Jacqueline Gold, CEO, Ann Summers
School didn't suit me. I couldn't wait to get a job and be financially independent. Back then, women weren't encouraged to be ambitious. I was mad about design so I figured I'd be a window dresser. I've always had an entrepreneurial streak. At 13,...
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