Supply chain – a key aspect of Good Growth

Last year I did something I suspect I will never do again in my life. I took a shower in an aeroplane. It was amazing to step off the plane in London properly scrubbed and ready for action. All on the back of some quality sleep in my bedroom-cubicle type thing with an ensuite bathroom. … Continue reading Supply chain – a key aspect of Good Growth

Good growth – it’s not about the money, money, money

I'm not an obsessive cyclist, but I know quite a few people who are. Many of them go nuts for a brand called Rapha - who make all sorts of gear for 'proper' cyclists and also run club-type activities for them. Rapha is a brand that inspires near fanatical loyalty. For cycle fans it is … Continue reading Good growth – it’s not about the money, money, money

Truth and lies

Truth's been having a hard time of it Journalists and critics have been locked up, beaten up, blown up and worse. The facts around scary things like the Skripal poisoning, chemical attacks in Syria, the disappearing journo in Turkey, assassinations in Pakistan are disputed and murky. Story and counter story abound. Nobody admits culpability. In … Continue reading Truth and lies

Good growth

Is 'growth' always a good thing? I've been in 'growth' my entire working life. It's been the goal of (just about) every organisation I've worked at or advised. They've all wanted to grow: grab more market share; break into a new category; drive up margins; scale new propositions; hire more staff; have a bigger footprint … Continue reading Good growth

brands in the age of fake news

This past Saturday morning "Daddy, what is fake news?" (6 year old daughter) "What do you think it is?" "When people tell lies on Facebook". Is fake news going to create a generation of sceptics? Surely 6 is too young to be confronted with the difficulties of working out what's true, what's not true, what's … Continue reading brands in the age of fake news

Too broken? Pensions ain’t working

The UK pensions and savings system is more broken than ever - and it's not getting better With our recent political landscape resembling a Tarantino-produced version of musical chairs it's all too clear that some of our pressing problems just can't be addressed within the mayfly-like duration of a political term of office. Climate change for … Continue reading Too broken? Pensions ain’t working

Unsafe pensions – much more is needed to protect a new generation of savers

Auto-enrolment is on track to disappoint a generation of new savers We don't save enough. Generous pensions are a thing of the past, or the preserve of the lucky few. Some of the pension promises made in that past can't be delivered. Many of us, maybe most of us, face an uncertain financial future. Automatic enrolment into … Continue reading Unsafe pensions – much more is needed to protect a new generation of savers