Monthly Archives: December 2011

In Defence of Lobbying

IN THE wake of the Liam Fox affair, the UK government has said it will bring forward rules to regulate lobbyists.  Many will welcome this, viewing lobbying as a distinctly dodgy business. However, lobbying – done ethically – is both … Continue reading

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Size isn’t Everything

According to Napoleon Bonaparte, “God is on the side of the big battalions”. I’ve been reminded of that maxim several times just recently, while following the comments from some folk who, while they want to see Scotland controlling more of … Continue reading

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The Business Sector & The Independence Referendum

How will Scotland’s business sector view the prospect of an independence referendum? It’s a question that matters: businesses don’t vote; but they do provide jobs, pay taxes, and generate economic growth. And it won’t have escaped your notice that in … Continue reading

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A Nation, Not a Region

Gone, happily, are the days when the land north of the Tweed was habitually referred to as ‘North Britain’. Sadly, however, it is still how the Whitehall-based civil service, by and large, continues to think of Scotland. It does not … Continue reading

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“Seven Steps to Surviving Restructuring”

“Seven Steps to Surviving Restructuring”  was first published by the Whitehall & Industry Group in November 2010. It is an essay with some practical tips on what leaders and managers should do to cope with major restructuring exercises. It includes the … Continue reading

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