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  • 16.10.17

    Consuming 17,000 calories a year too many. Do we need a fat tax?

    The obesity crisis is costly. Sustainable Transformation Partnerships (STPs) are currently in the early phases of system-wide transformation of services. They are focusing, amongst other things, on shifting patient activity, financial balance, workforce pressures and new roles and ways of working. Alongside these strategies, prevention has been identified as key to both maintaining the health of the population and reducing long term pressures on the system. One of the key battle lines drawn is in relation to our diets in the bid to fight the increasing prevalence of obesity. Prevention is really the only way to win this expensive fight.

  • 12.10.17

    De-risking investment in innovation

    In today’s competitive marketplace, firms are facing more short-term pressure than ever to maintain revenue parity, let alone demonstrate growth. As a result, they are less willing to invest in fostering innovation. In fact, 80% of CEOs said they would decline to make an investment to fuel innovation if it meant missing one quarter of earnings results*. It is a common fear that focusing on innovation can lead to a lack of attention on current business activity and therefore have a detrimental effect on business as usual.

  • 12.10.17

    Blockchain and Banking: 2B or not 2B

    When you strip back the hype, blockchain is a form of database for recording digital transactions. Once entered, records become both permanent and immutable, creating an accurate and tamperproof history of transacted values – one of the reasons it has created so much interest, given the increasing focus on security. Blockchain is often described as ‘distributed’ or ‘de-centralised’ because it does not require a central entity to maintain it – which is why it is believed to pose a threat to existing intermediaries and central administrators, whose reason for being is to perform this role.

  • 10.10.17

    Take 10 for World Mental Health Day

    It’s Tuesday morning. Day two of the working week and Friday feels like a lifetime away. By now, many of you will have kick started the day with a large skinny latte, checked your emails on a busy commuter train, and already started to think about how to juggle deliverables, meetings, your midweek HIIT class and the ever-growing list of life admin tasks you didn’t quite get to over the weekend.

  • 10.10.17

    If we had the ability to see round corners...

    If you had a superpower what would it be?  The ability to fly? The ability to travel through time?  The ability to turn back the clock?  For me I would love to be able to see round corners.  Not in an ostrich neck kind of way but being able to anticipate and see things coming before they either hit me at speed or creep up and catch me by surprise.

  • 26.09.17

    M&A: How good are you at integrating different cultures?

    M&A activity has remained robust in the UK since the Brexit vote in June 2016, with Baker McKenzie forecasting US$125 billion of activity in 2017 as companies continue to look for growth and consolidation opportunities. As a solid appetite for transactions is predicted, the pressure is on for companies to deliver growth for their shareholders. After finding the right acquisition target, the next key question for management is ‘Can they deliver a successful integration?’

  • 12.09.17

    Effective store lifecycle management provides the foundations to succeed in an unforgiving retail market

    In the early-2000’s many commentators forecasted the demise of bricks and mortar retail stores, expecting consumers to move to online channels. Nearly 20 years later it is clear this forecast has proved was exaggerated, and retailers now view physical stores as a strategic asset that can support an omni-channel consumer proposition. The strategic importance of physical stores is recognised by some retailers who were previously only online, and are now selectively opening stores or acquiring retail assets to improve consumer engagement and support order fulfilment.

  • 01.09.17

    Superfast wireless internet for all? Get ahead of the curve and maximise the benefits of 5G

    It is just 10 years since the birth of the smartphone and the pace of change in mobile communications has been nothing short of breath-taking. The 3G network, which had been more than sufficient to meet mobile phone users’ needs up until then, was quickly superseded - with 4G services being introduced within six years to cater for ever-increasing demands for data capacity.

  • 23.08.17

    Feeling the pinch in investment banking? The drive for cost reduction and the road to shared utilities

    The investment banking industry has not traditionally been known for penny-pinching. Yet in recent years as the demands of complying with a wave of regulatory requirements has put heavy pressure on profit margins, reducing costs has become a top strategic priority. In this blog we will look at the steps that investment banks have taken to curb spending across the industry and assess whether these measures will in the end deliver the desired results. One of the options we explore is the increasing use of shared utilities to reduce spending, improve performance and enhance the customer experience.

  • 11.08.17

    How Brexit risks a flourishing aviation sector

    In this blog, we explain current EU aviation agreements, and how leaving these agreements will impact UK airlines. As the Brexit negotiations progress and the details of a deal emerge, we will post further updates and look at the implications for each part of the UK aviation sector in turn.