Magazine article Management Today


Magazine article Management Today


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For many years Britain's most eligible bachelor, Charles Dunstone, founder of the Carphone Warehouse, takes a white-knuckle ride in MT's book pages this month with Trevor Merriden's Rollercoaster: The Turbulent Life and Times of Vodafone and Chris Gent. Dunstone is a big admirer of Vodafone, and the respect is mutual - both have served each other well. Dunstone set up the Carphone Warehouse in 1989 with a pounds 6,000 loan. It is now valued at pounds 600 million.


What would you sacrifice for a fabulous office - pounds 1,000 in salary or a week's holiday perhaps? Professor Jeremy Myerson unravels the results of MT's Workspace Satisfaction Survey this month. Luckily, Myerson, founder-editor of DesignWeek and co-director of the Royal College of Art's Helen Hamlyn Research Centre, is not as dissatisfied with his office(s) as most of our readers. His three working environments? Home, the Royal College and, in the summer, Hyde Park.


When it comes to booking hotels for business trips, value for money is priority for easyJet chief exec Ray Webster. 'We don't need luxury,' he insists - just as well, considering easyJet's recent pounds 24 million pre-tax loss. In this month's Room Service, the antipodean frequent flyer reveals his fondness for the Hotel des Deux Continents in Paris. 'It's depressing going away on business if you're stuck in an airport hotel.' Hence his preference for this bijou retreat in St Germain.


This month, Matthew Lynn - pictured with his new daughter Leonora - profiles Sir Martin Sorrell, founder of advertising giant WPP. …

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