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How HR Teams Can Use Cloud Technology for a Competitive Advantage

How HR Teams Can Use Cloud Technology for a Competitive Advantage | Economy | Scoop.it
Cloud technology can help your HR department get more done, with less waste, and in less time. Here's how.
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How to Build a Better Target Audience for Your Facebook Ads : Social Media Examiner

How to Build a Better Target Audience for Your Facebook Ads : Social Media Examiner | Economy | Scoop.it
Do you want to reach the right people with your Facebook Ads? This article shares how to build a target audience for your Facebook ads.
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UK trade deficit prompts alarm as exports fall

UK trade deficit prompts alarm as exports fall | Economy | Scoop.it
Analysts say narrowing trade gap from £3.5bn to £3.2bn was powered by a big drop in oil imports and UK exports are not improving

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Graham Watson's curator insight, January 8, 12:27 PM

Phillip Inman gives the Guardian's take on today's trade figures: they've spotted the fact that exports remain stagnant and thus all eyes will be on export performance in the next few months.

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Who were the 2015 Christmas winners and losers on the high street?

Who were the 2015 Christmas winners and losers on the high street? | Economy | Scoop.it
Unseasonably warm winter weather and the inexorable rise of online shopping has meant a fairly dismal festive season for some retailers.

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, January 12, 2:31 PM

John Lewis takes top spot in this report - the success of their online offering has been outstanding - I for one have found their click and collect at Waitrose just about the most intuitive and quick approach since I went online in 1996. 

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UK industrial output falls in November - BBC News

UK industrial output falls in November - BBC News | Economy | Scoop.it
UK industry suffers the biggest drop in output since early 2013 as manufacturing activity contracts.

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Graham Watson's curator insight, January 12, 5:35 AM

Again, the dangers of looking at one-off data is apparent here: as the ONS rather states: "Month-on-month data can be volatile "

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The middle class is in for a tax shock as George Osborne tries to hit his budget target

The middle class is in for a tax shock as George Osborne tries to hit his budget target | Economy | Scoop.it
At the Treasury, the continued challenge of the public finances is causing consternation bordering on despair

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Graham Watson's curator insight, January 13, 5:35 AM

Jeremy Warner reflects on the impact of continuing problems with the public finances on the flavour of the next Budget. In it he argues that the Chancellor has some tough choices to make, and may end up having to increase taxes, or remove tax loopholes, and these will be unpopular.

 

Well, I've a suggestion for him: look at tackling the wasteful expenditure on the elderly. The Winter Fuel Allowance, free bus passes for all, the triple lock on the state pension and other forms of pension relief. Simple: but politically highly unlikely.

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Tesco sells US chain Fresh & Easy

Tesco sells US chain Fresh & Easy | Economy | Scoop.it
Tesco disposes of the bulk of its loss-making Fresh & Easy chain, as it prepares to exit the US market.
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Leanne's curator insight, January 22, 2014 5:19 AM

Useful for Business Environment and Business Economic Envrionment BTEC Business

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China economy: New signs of economic slowdown - BBC News

China economy: New signs of economic slowdown - BBC News | Economy | Scoop.it
Growth in China's investment and factory output in August has come in below forecasts, in a further indication that the world's second-largest economy is losing steam.

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Graham Watson's curator insight, September 13, 2015 1:11 PM

More bad news coming out of China - investment and factory output down - and the rest of the world will react to that tomorrow. But for me the killer line in this article is its conclusion: "China's industrial economy is dominated by 111 conglomerates which are state owned."

 

I don't think I've ever seen anything that blunt about the extent to which SOEs dominate the Chinese economy.

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UK economic doubts grow stronger as manufacturers struggle

UK economic doubts grow stronger as manufacturers struggle | Economy | Scoop.it
Business confidence stalls as new evidence shows UK growth becoming more reliant on consumer spending

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Graham Watson's curator insight, September 14, 2015 2:44 AM

The Cassandras are returning. Katie Allen almost has to find another pot of 'glee' to dip her hands into as she reports that there are signs that business confidence is stalling.

 

The cynic might suggest that recent declines in confidence are only blips as in general the economy shows more signs of recovery than not. As such, the immediate reaction to the Chinese stock market collapse and the Bank of England warning about rate rises is always going to be negative, but surely confidence is higher than it was three years ago for, example.

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Jeremy Corbyn: what’s his economic plan? - YouTube

John McDonnell's appointment was a strong signal that Jeremy Corbyn's brand of economic policy is now firmly ensconced at Labour's heart. Paul Mason explains.


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Graham Watson's curator insight, September 14, 2015 5:15 PM

This Paul Mason piece looks at the remarkable change in Labour's economic policy since the election of Jeremy Corbyn - it gives an overview of the policy objectives and how they have been received by the centre-right. The other interesting thing is the fact that the policy unit tasked with formulating Labour's economic policy is so small.

 

I wonder what civil servants, especially at the Treasury think of this...

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Eurozone economy grows by 0.3% - BBC News

Eurozone economy grows by 0.3% - BBC News | Economy | Scoop.it
Eurozone GDP grows 0.3% between April and June, which is a slight slowdown from the first quarter.

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Graham Watson's curator insight, August 14, 2015 6:03 AM

Boom. The Eurozone races ahead. Although growth of 0.3% isn't particularly impressive, it sees continued growth in the region, particularly in some former embattled economies, notably Spain and Greece.

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UK economy: inflation forecast to remain at 0%

UK economy: inflation forecast to remain at 0% | Economy | Scoop.it
Interest rates less likely to rise from historic low of 0.5% as falling energy prices and strong pound anchor inflation to well below 2% CPI target

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Graham Watson's curator insight, August 17, 2015 6:14 AM

Ahead of tomorrow's inflation release, a reflection on the likely direction of inflation - in short, inflation is going to remain low...

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Low pay, low inflation and low interest rates? This is not 1975

Low pay, low inflation and low interest rates? This is not 1975 | Economy | Scoop.it
The debate over an interest rate hike labours on in both the UK and the US, but static pay and minimal inflation means ultra-low rates are staying put

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Graham Watson's curator insight, August 17, 2015 6:20 AM

Larry Elliott draws parallels between the situation in the mid-1970s and today - but also points out the differences too. I like the analysis of the labour market - splitting it into the private and public sector and suggesting that the former is in the process of a voluntary incomes policy.

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New Research Reveals Paid Social Media Effectiveness : Social Media Examiner

New Research Reveals Paid Social Media Effectiveness : Social Media Examiner | Economy | Scoop.it
Do you know where to spend your social media marketing dollars? Discover recent insights on the effectiveness of paid social media marketing.
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How to Use Social Media to Market Your Small Business

How to Use Social Media to Market Your Small Business | Economy | Scoop.it
Not sure how to use social media to market your small business or startup? We can help. Here are 9 ways social media can help you reach your goals!
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New Year, Same Economic Problems [Infographic] -

New Year, Same Economic Problems [Infographic] - | Economy | Scoop.it

What’s ahead for our economy in 2016? The Straits Times produced a great infographic showing how the global economy played out in 2015.


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Who were the 2015 Christmas winners and losers on the high street?

Who were the 2015 Christmas winners and losers on the high street? | Economy | Scoop.it
Unseasonably warm winter weather and the inexorable rise of online shopping has meant a fairly dismal festive season for some retailers.

Via Geoff Riley
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Geoff Riley's curator insight, January 12, 2:31 PM

John Lewis takes top spot in this report - the success of their online offering has been outstanding - I for one have found their click and collect at Waitrose just about the most intuitive and quick approach since I went online in 1996. 

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Slumping Oil Isn't All Bad for U.K. Inflation. No Really.

Slumping Oil Isn't All Bad for U.K. Inflation. No Really. | Economy | Scoop.it

The weaker pound and spending boost are also important


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Pound plunges to five-year low on 'rubbish' UK manufacturing performance

Pound plunges to five-year low on 'rubbish' UK manufacturing performance | Economy | Scoop.it
No change to 'dire' performance in UK's manufacturing sector

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Graham Watson's curator insight, January 13, 5:42 AM

I like the headline quote cited here: "unambiguously rubbish" according to Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets. March of the Makers, my foot.

 

And the pound fell to a five-and-half year low: you should be able to think of many of the macroeconomic implications of this.

 

 

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TalkTalk cyber-attack: Boss 'receives ransom email' - BBC News

The head of TalkTalk says she has received an email demanding a ransom from a group purporting to be behind the cyber-attack suffered by her company.
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This is relevant to ICT in business Year 2 BTEC Level. This is also useful discussion in relation to the uses/danger of  internet also ethics in business 

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Interest rates must rise 'relatively soon', says Bank of England's Martin Weale

Interest rates must rise 'relatively soon', says Bank of England's Martin Weale | Economy | Scoop.it
Continuing wage growth and inflation mean rate hike likely follow despite recent economic slowdown, according to Bank’s monetary policy committee member

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Graham Watson's curator insight, September 13, 2015 1:58 PM

The Bank of England with another attempt to alter market expectations and talk interest rates up. Or at least get the notion of rate rises sooner rather than later into the popular consciousness. It must be quite a crystal ball housed at the 'Old Lady'...

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UK inflation rate falls back to 0% - BBC News

UK inflation rate falls back to 0% - BBC News | Economy | Scoop.it
Rate of UK Consumer Prices Index inflation fell to 0% in August, official figures show

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Graham Watson's curator insight, September 15, 2015 4:39 AM

Wot larks, 'scooping' breaking news but the official ONS release highlights the fact that the CPI is currently at 0.0%, having fallen from 0.1% in July. The reason for this is that clothing and motor oil have nudged inflation lower, despite rising prices of soft drinks and furniture and furnishings.

 

All of which makes the case for interest rate rises seem somewhat distant right now but we should be careful. The precipitous fall in the oil price will, at some point in the near future, be stripped out of the CPI figure and thus CPI will inevitably rise.

 

The only thing that remains is to choose a suitable photo...

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Bank of England to examine whether financial reforms have held back growth

Bank of England to examine whether financial reforms have held back growth | Economy | Scoop.it
Governor Mark Carney tells George Osborne that City traders and bankers will be asked for their views on effect of financial stability policies

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Graham Watson's curator insight, August 11, 2015 5:47 PM

Careful, Governor: what is 'growth' and if it is simply created by people trading non-existent things to make themselves richer - and if it were to account for upwards of 7% of GDP then does any increase in its size really mean an improvement in living standards?

 

And, perhaps a more straightforward observation is that the notion of asking turkeys to vote for Christmas hasn't yet caught on.

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Supermarkets agree to set new minimum price for milk amid mounting pressure to give farmers a better deal

Supermarkets agree to set new minimum price for milk amid mounting pressure to give farmers a better deal | Economy | Scoop.it
Aldi, Morrisons, Asda and Lildl have promised to pay dairies a floor price for milk, which should be passed on to struggling farmers, in a week of upheaval for the British dairy industry

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Graham Watson's curator insight, August 15, 2015 4:02 AM

Fairness for farmers or good publicity? Oligopolistic markets in action with little chance of this sort of agreement holding in the long-term? Something that consumers want or not? A lovely example of problems of co-ordination - a narrow, unified group (farmers) who want higher prices, a disparate disorganised group (consumers)?

 

Its struck me this week that I've never heard (no dairy pun intended!) anyone complain about the price of milk being too low. And let's face it some farmers can produce at around 15p per litre, so who exactly is being protected here?

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Government growth voucher scheme branded a failure

Government growth voucher scheme branded a failure | Economy | Scoop.it
Only 7,000 of targeted 20,000 small firms accessed vouchers, with Labour citing lack of promotion and business leaders saying it was too confusing

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Graham Watson's curator insight, August 17, 2015 6:17 AM

Another example of 'government failure'?

 

This government scheme designed to help SMEs hasn't done much to help them according to research into the Department of Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) voucher scheme: only 7,000 firms, instead of the predicted 20,000, spending of £3.6m out of £30m.

 

Add in the administrative cost, and this can't have been money well spent...