Magazine article Management Today

Tolerance Fuels Our Economy

Magazine article Management Today

Tolerance Fuels Our Economy

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Our ethnic mix was a positive factor that helped London win the 2012 Olympic bid.

A bit of a change for our cover feature this month. The subject isn't a smooth, MBA-equipped corporate heavyweight from the FTSE-100 but a diamond geezer from Plymouth, who began as a street trader, has difficulty reading, but is, nevertheless, worth over pounds 100 million. Chris Dawson claims not to have been able to afford underwear until he was 12, but his drive and ambition is a great example and our economy needs more from his mould.

Italy could certainly do with a few Cristoforo Dawsoni at the moment.

It is the sick man of Europe, in recession with a dog of an economy burdened by rigidities that allow precious little in the way of new enterprise.

The current paradox, however, is that all things Italian, including the famed dolce vita lifestyle, are hugely sought after in this country. Our feature shows how Brand Italia - from the macchiata to the Maserati - is being gobbled up by Brits for whom the American way is mildly naff and French style is beyond the pale.

It would be remiss to make no mention of the events of 7 July here in the capital. A week before the attacks I was on a bus to Peckham, in south-east London, to attend a party at a friend's house. I recall thinking, not for the first time, what an extraordinary melting pot of a city it has become in the past few years. Nowhere is this more apparent than on a red double-decker. …

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