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There is a brilliant article in the FT about the long-term disadvantages that can accrue from setting strategy for short-term benefit. (If you don't have access to articles from the...

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The dangers of short-term strategy
5th January 2018

Falling car sales

The fall in sales of new cars, following six years of sales growth, is widely reported today. This BBC article which offers six charts illustrating possible reasons for the decline...

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Falling car sales

If you have access to FT for Schools, this collection of articles about the impact of Artificial Intelligence in real workplaces is worth a look.

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Digital disrupters using AI

Working on the waste hierarchy principle that reducing trumps recycling, Pret has boosted their CSR credibility by doubling the discount given to customers who bring reusable cups into their stores....

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Pret doubles the discount for using reusable cups

You would think that a tobacco manufacturer would find the UK government's Tobacco Control Plan, aimed at cutting smoking rates from 15.5% to 12% of the population by 2022, and at paving the...

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New approach to advertising: 'Please don't buy our product'

Why is Birmingham so pleased to be chosen as host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games? Because of the massive boost it can bring for local businesses, and over a long term...

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Location, location, location in Birmingham
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The UK bicycle market is one we have featured many times on our student revision workshops and here on the Business Blog. Here is an update on some interesting developments...

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Market in Focus - UK Bicycle Market

CSR gold! BBC News explores the rise of ethical coffee brewing as more consumers become concerned about the provenance of their morning drink.

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CSR: How changing coffee tastes are helping farmers

A festive hat tip to Phil Hensman for spotting this tremendous graphic which highlights creative destruction and the power of network effects in driving technology adoption in the digital age....

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Years it took products to reach 50 million users

What a wonderful example of human resource management! TravelodgeUK has written to its EU employees in their own languages to say how much they value their contribution and also guarantee...

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HRM: Travelodge and their Overseas Workers in the UK

The Booksellers Association reports that, after two decades of decline, the number of smaller independent book stores stabilised in 2017 (it actually rose by one!). Mini case studies of localised success...

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Was 2017 the year that independent bookshops turned the corner?

Here is a feature on the partial return of cotton spinning to the North West of the UK. It follows the supply chain of a bale of cotton imported from...

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Cotton provides a new thread of optimism in the North West

Toys R Us has been in trouble for a while, and reported on plans to close some stores at the beginning of December. But its also run out of money...

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Toys R Us is saved - but only for the moment

China is the biggest market for sales of instant noodles - according to the World Instant Noodle Association (which is a real thing!) sales there are more than three times...

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Is there a gap in China's Instant noodle market?

The effect of exchange rates can be difficult for students to digest, but this is a brilliant little one-minute teaching video. It shows how volatile exchange rates make business planning...

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Barnsley baker explains what exchange rates means for his business

Here is Present Drop Challenge - the tutor2u Business Christmas game for 2017! We've provided a version with 30 Festive Trivia questions and a Business version based on 20 questions from the...

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Business Christmas Lesson Activities for 2017
12th December 2017

Fake pants scam

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UK border officials are trying to get to the bottom of this one; they have seized £1.5m worth of fake Calvin Klein boxers, in the run-up to Christmas. If Santa...

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Fake pants scam

The Observer has this handy summary of some calamitous examples of poor customer service. In a digital age, happy customers keep quiet, unhappy customers voice their anger loudly and quickly.

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2017's worst customer service errors

Here are links to enable students to research more about the 10 largest global confectionery businesses (based on turnover in 2016/17).

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The 10 Largest Global Confectionery Businesses

An interesting list here of products that did not exist on Christmas Day a decade ago. How many will still be around in another ten years? Might be worth discussing...

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Things that did not exist on Christmas Day in 2007

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