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Teachers' strike: why I will be striking

Teachers' strike: why I will be striking | A2 Business Studies | Scoop.it
From ill-considered changes to GCSEs to a rise in pension contributions, English teacher Laura Rowlands gives her reasons for striking
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Media | Campaigns | Previous campaigns | Royal Mail agreement

Media | Campaigns | Previous campaigns | Royal Mail agreement | A2 Business Studies | Scoop.it
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Outcome of the agreement after the stikes. How well do you think the unions did for their members?

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Online Gambling Firms To Pay 15% Tax In UK

Online Gambling Firms To Pay 15% Tax In UK | A2 Business Studies | Scoop.it
Offshore internet gambling firms used by UK residents are to be hit with a new tax, raising an estimated £300m for the Treasury.
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Competitive organisational structures - another example of how external factors affect the structure chosen by an organisation

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Post Office and Royal Mail staff to strike

Post Office and Royal Mail staff to strike | A2 Business Studies | Scoop.it
Up to 4,000 workers in UK's main post offices will strike on Monday over issues of pay, branch closures and job cuts
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Private sector organisation pay dispute for consideration in your HR presentation

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Tesco chief defends drop in profits

Tesco chief defends drop in profits | A2 Business Studies | Scoop.it
Tesco has reported a sharp drop in profits during the first half of its financial year.
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Tesco sells US chain Fresh & Easy

Tesco sells US chain Fresh & Easy | A2 Business Studies | 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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Monday's lesson on problems of entering new markets

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Microsoft buys Nokia handset business for €5.4bn

Microsoft buys Nokia handset business for €5.4bn | A2 Business Studies | Scoop.it
Deal delivers Europe's last big handset maker into US ownership and moves Microsoft firmly into device-manufacturing business
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Use the Marketing Plan notes to consider Microsoft's marketing plan

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The Decline of Blackberry

The Decline of Blackberry | A2 Business Studies | Scoop.it
We've featured Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins and the plight of smartphone brand Blackberry several times here on the Business Studies Blog and in our BUSS4 exam workshops.
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Do a Swot analysis based on this article

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Airbus A350 makes maiden test flight

Airbus A350 makes maiden test flight | A2 Business Studies | Scoop.it
The newest aircraft from European planemaker Airbus, the A350, takes off from Toulouse on its maiden flight.
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What Corporate Objectives do you think Airbus are focusing on?

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Topshop woos Chinese shoppers in HK

Topshop woos Chinese shoppers in HK | A2 Business Studies | Scoop.it
The British fashion retailer, Topshop, has opened its first store in Hong Kong hoping to attract China's newly affluent middle class spenders
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What sort of corporate objective do you think is represented by this action?What factors do you think may have affected this corporate objective?

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Nokia looks to price to regain market share | News | Marketing Week

Nokia looks to price to regain market share | News | Marketing Week | A2 Business Studies | Scoop.it
MWC: Nokia brings high-end features to more ‘affordable’ Lumia handsets.
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See what Nokia is doing in reponse to its lost market share.

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Royal Mail staff set to strike after ministers unveil plans for £3bn sell-off

Royal Mail staff set to strike after ministers unveil plans for £3bn sell-off | A2 Business Studies | Scoop.it
Postal chaos fears as privatisation 'not even Thatcher dared do' gets green light
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Backround to the industrial dispute task

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Teachers' strike: why I will be striking

Teachers' strike: why I will be striking | A2 Business Studies | Scoop.it
From ill-considered changes to GCSEs to a rise in pension contributions, English teacher Laura Rowlands gives her reasons for striking
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This provides one side of the argument

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Firefighters' strike: a smart, strategic move by the union

Firefighters' strike: a smart, strategic move by the union | A2 Business Studies | Scoop.it
Gregor Gall: The way the FBU has gone about calling its four-hour strike provides a lesson for other unions preparing industrial action
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s background reading for your HR presentation

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What happened to Tesco's mojo?

What happened to Tesco's mojo? | A2 Business Studies | Scoop.it
With underlying sales falling in Tesco's UK operations and in most places overseas, how serious is the setback to its recovery?
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Background reading on Tesco for Monday's lesson

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Farewell Steve Ballmer - CEO of Microsoft

Farewell Steve Ballmer - CEO of Microsoft | A2 Business Studies | Scoop.it
Microsoft has announced that its CEO Steve Ballmer will retire from the business within the next 12 months.
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Suggests that he hasn't done a great job doesn't it?

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BUSS3 - The Marketing Plan in fewer than 1000 words

BUSS3 - The Marketing Plan in fewer than 1000 words | A2 Business Studies | Scoop.it

This is one of the key topics on the BUSS3 syllabus.  The examiner loves marketing planning so it comes up on the paper all the time. 

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Use this step by step guide to Marketing Planning to consider some of the businesses we are looking at currently such as Microsoft.

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Marks and Spencer sees profits fall

Marks and Spencer sees profits fall | A2 Business Studies | Scoop.it
Marks and Spencer reports a big fall in annual profits, as troubles in its clothing division continue.
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Market standing. Consider which of Drucker's examples of market standing this relates to.

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Corporate objectives

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This shows Tesco's range of Corporate Objectives covering many areas. Are they SMART?

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Brand audit: Starbucks | News | Marketing Week

Brand audit: Starbucks | News | Marketing Week | A2 Business Studies | Scoop.it
Starbucks’ brand reputation is taking longer to recover than it did to decline after tax scandal.
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Consider where this idea of donating the cost of a coffee to charity sits within Objectives and Strategy. What corporate or functional objective would this relate to?

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