Category Archives: Business

There’s three in a pair, right?

A while ago, I took a “10% off” voucher with me to Halfords. I bought an item with a marked price of £30.  At the checkout, I was served by a young man whose badge identified him as the Store … Continue reading

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Better business education

A friend, who’s the MD of a tech company, is in the good habit of engaging regularly with his staff.  In collecting feedback from a recent staff meeting, ready for the next, he saw that several senior engineers wanted to know what … Continue reading

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Progress – plus ca change (, plus c’est la meme chose?)

The pessimistic French saying may make sense at some deep philosophical level, but certainly not in the field of technology. I’m a fan of the quirky website WaitButWhy. Although I don’t always agree with the main author’s conclusions his posts are … Continue reading

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Software standards and the NHS

Last week I attended an open debate at the British Computer Society (BCS) in London, which was a discussion on Personalised Health & Care 2020 (PH&C 2020). This is a “framework for action” produced by the NHS National Information Board. … Continue reading

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Engineering, or black art?

A fellow member of the BCS Elite LinkedIn group posted that The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is proposing some changes to official statistics that involve re-classifying IT & Telecoms as ‘creative’ alongside the following six creative industry sectors: … Continue reading

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Work Life Balance

It’s hardly contentious to say that a healthy work life balance is a good thing.  Why then do I feel myself bristling whenever I hear the phrase ‘work life balance’?  Quite simply, it’s a matter of perception – where is … Continue reading

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Irish Euros or German Euros?

A business contact of mine posed the following questions on behalf of a client: “I have a client with a large amount of money in Euros in an Irish Bank. He seems to think his money would be better in … Continue reading

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I was a Virgin virgin

For many years I locked myself into one airline’s frequent flyer programme, using its partners whenever I wasn’t actually flying to the US.  The service wasn’t bad, but it was far from brilliant.

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Principles

Life isn’t just black and white: most things are in shades of grey. Popular opinions on diverse subjects may be plotted on a bell curve, even if a skewed one.  However, we all have some principles on which we will … Continue reading

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Germany’s Energy Policy Shift Signals a Business Opportunity

According to MoneyWeek, Angela Merkel’s somewhat surprising volte face on nuclear energy creates an opportunity for investors.  Approximately 22% of Germany’s energy requirements were met by old and new nuclear reactors, making them the second largest contributors after coal-fired stations. 

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