business

2703, 2013

Cyprus saved but worse to come

By |March 27th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off on Cyprus saved but worse to come

By Dr Steve McCabe – Birmingham City University’s Business School

Any temptation to celebrate the EU/INF bailout of Cyprus and that the dream of a ‘United States of Europe’ will have been tempered by the fact that this deal is not one that will be good for anyone in particular; least of all Cypriots who can […]

2603, 2013

China’s thirst for natural resources continues

By |March 26th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off on China’s thirst for natural resources continues

By Dr Steven McCabe – Birmingham City Business School

The economic problems experienced in this country the early 1970s were, in large part, caused by the price of oil rapidly increasing.

Though we were to become a major oil producer, our development of the North Sea was still under development.

Our economic expansion in the decades after the […]

1203, 2013

Can you be too successful too soon in business?

By |March 12th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off on Can you be too successful too soon in business?

By Dr Steven McCabe – Birmingham City University’s Business School

The BBC website contains a story about a San Francisco-based online fashion company American Giant which describes what happens if you experience sudden success, in terms of customer orders, which cannot be fulfilled.

Nobody who starts a business wants to be anything less than successful.

However, as the […]

1102, 2013

Valentines – The Rise of Key Calendar Events

By |February 11th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off on Valentines – The Rise of Key Calendar Events

Professor Chris Edger, Birmingham City Business School

For High Street retailers Valentine’s Day represents the first key calendar trading event after Christmas. Retailers will be seeking to optimise item sales located around the occasion; supermarkets offering ‘linked promotions’ and discounts in food, drink, floral and stationary categories, ‘clustering’ product and merchandising at key impulse purchase sites […]

2501, 2013

Blacklisting is nothing new in the construction industry

By |January 25th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off on Blacklisting is nothing new in the construction industry

Professor David J. Edwards, Head of Research Birmingham City Business School

The recent media hysteria surrounding blacklisting in the UK construction industry, as reported by the BBC, has evoked a resounding silence amongst many practitioners because this widespread clandestine practice is nothing neither new, nor restricted, to the construction sector.

Surprised? Well, the moral rights and wrongs […]

1701, 2013

Immediacy Threat to High Street Retail

By |January 17th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off on Immediacy Threat to High Street Retail

By Professor Chris Edger, Birmingham City Business School

The troubles of retailers HMV and Blockbuster presage the most serious threat to the High Street over the next few years – that of immediacy.

Both HMV and Blockbuster were hit by smart technology that allowed consumers to download films and records onto on-the-move and static home based devices […]

512, 2012

Potential thoughts on the Autumn Statement by George Osborne

By |December 5th, 2012|In The News|Comments Off on Potential thoughts on the Autumn Statement by George Osborne

By Dr Steve McCabe, Director of Research Degrees at Birmingham City Business School

The ‘leaked’ headline that there will be an additional £5 billion investment over the next three years spent on rebuilding schools, improving transport infrastructure and in science is good news; especially for construction companies which can expand their workload.

Clearly any future upturn in the […]

2811, 2012

What makes a good apprenticeship?

By |November 28th, 2012|Opinion|Comments Off on What makes a good apprenticeship?

By John Kimberley, Birmingham City Business School

As regards to the Richard Review, any review of apprenticeships should be helpful in creating the right environment for the expansion and promotion of good quality apprenticeships.

The problem to date is that governments have only found interest in this area when there has been a problem with youth unemployment.  […]

3110, 2012

Heseltine – praise for attempting to think the unthinkable

By |October 31st, 2012|Opinion|Comments Off on Heseltine – praise for attempting to think the unthinkable

Dr Steve McCabe, Director of Research Degrees at Birmingham City Business School shares his views on the Lord Heseltine Review in the run-up to its launch in Birmingham today. For more from Dr McCabe see tomorrow’s (November 1st) Birmingham Post.

In March Lord Heseltine was commissioned by the Chancellor George Osborne and Business Secretary Vince Cable […]

1901, 2012

Out of the crisis – lessons from British car manufacturing

By |January 19th, 2012|Opinion|Comments Off on Out of the crisis – lessons from British car manufacturing

By Dr Steven McCabe from Birmingham City Business School

Today’s unemployment figures give us all cause for concern and there is certainly little to be currently optimistic about.

For those of us who have been around for a while and can remember the 1970s we know that even in the bleakest of times there is always hope […]