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Going Global, The Bottom Line - BBC Radio 4

Going Global, The Bottom Line - BBC Radio 4 | year 13 OCR business studies | Scoop.it
Evan Davis and guests discuss the ups and downs of trading overseas.
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The APT sessions highlighted a fair bit on the exchange rate and this recent Bottom Line programme touches on this issue. More significantly for study of SHL 3 SME (Small/Medium sized business) leaders talk about the factors important for their ability to export. Absolute gold dust in highlighting what 'real' businesses see as being important or incidental. A highly recommended 25 min listen

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Companies bring production back to UK

Companies bring production back to UK | year 13 OCR business studies | Scoop.it
After years of stories of companies shifting production abroad, now the opposite is starting to happen - a process some are calling "re-shoring".
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UK textile wages lowest of manufacturing sectors

UK textile wages lowest of manufacturing sectors | year 13 OCR business studies | Scoop.it
Productivity in the UK textile, clothing and leather goods sector is lagging that of other manufacturing industries, new figures suggest, as it struggles to recover the strong growth seen prior to the economic downturn. related to Apparel, Finance, Manufacturing, Sourcing,

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Returning fashion manufacturing to the UK – opportunities and challenges

This week, the trade group EEF forecast that Britain’s manufacturing sector will grow by 3.6% in 2014, an increase on its previous prediction of 2.7%. This puts manufacturing ahead of the overall economy, estimated at 3% growth. Creative Skillset is […]

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Apple profit 'biggest in history'

Apple profit 'biggest in history' | year 13 OCR business studies | Scoop.it
Record sales of iPhones help Apple to report a first quarter profit of $18bn, the biggest ever quarterly profit for a public company.
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Tesco to be probed by regulator

Tesco to be probed by regulator | year 13 OCR business studies | Scoop.it
Tesco says it has been notified by the Financial Conduct Authority that it is under investigation following its admission that it overstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m.
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Ryanair buys 100 Boeing planes

Ryanair buys 100 Boeing planes | year 13 OCR business studies | Scoop.it
Budget airline, Ryanair, agrees an order valued at $10.4bn for 100 new Boeing aircraft, with an option for further 100.
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Mr Jones's curator insight, September 8, 2014 12:33 PM

Nice story from Alice - Goods AND Services

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Morrisons profits slump by 51% to £181m in first half of 2014

Morrisons profits slump by 51% to £181m in first half of 2014 | year 13 OCR business studies | Scoop.it
Chief executive says supermarket 'made its calls early' to compete with low-cost rivals and has increased dividend by 5%
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"Morrisons surprised analysts by increasing its dividend payout by 5%, despite the collapse in its first-half profits."


Despite falling profits and ongoing pressure from the low cost supermarkets Morrisons INCREASE the dividend paid to shareholders.  An example of shareholder pressure on objectives?

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The λόγος of logos

The λόγος of logos | year 13 OCR business studies | Scoop.it

BRANDS have a logic and meaning of their own. But how much are they worth? Three companies that measure brand value have healthy disagreements. There is a consensus...

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Jess uses the trusted The Economist with a lovely graphic that might tell us something about Monopoly Power and potion tail Barriers to Entry. Is it good for the consumer that some brands have really high values.; and how competitive is the market for valuing other firms' brands if there are only 3 major brand measuring businesses? Wonder what our Business Studies friends would make of this information?
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Lego boosted by movie products

Lego boosted by movie products | year 13 OCR business studies | Scoop.it
Danish toy maker Lego has seen its profits boosted in the first half of the year by Lego Movie tie-ins
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Beccy comes up with a great story of a brand that's been about so long Santa even brought me little boxes of bricks in my youth! Is being a old established brand good or bad? What do they means by 'sales exceeding expectations?' Where might these expectations have come from?
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Twitter shares surge on user growth

Twitter shares surge on user growth | year 13 OCR business studies | Scoop.it
Social networking service Twitter reports a second-quarter loss of $145m but better than expected user growth, sending shares surging over 35%.
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Import costs boost domestic manufacture

Import costs boost domestic manufacture | year 13 OCR business studies | Scoop.it
Rising shipping costs and higher wages in China are forcing some firms to rethink where they make their goods.
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Savile Row tailor fears overseas threat to rich tapestry of tradition

Savile Row tailor fears overseas threat to rich tapestry of tradition | year 13 OCR business studies | Scoop.it
Shirtmaker believes buyouts detract from street’s fashion cachet, with only two family-owned tailoring houses left on Savile Row

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tutor2u's curator insight, November 17, 2014 2:24 PM

Niche manufacturing here of the highest quality - yet under threat of extinction from lower cost tailoring from the Far East

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Microsoft Is The New Google, Google Is The Old Microsoft

Microsoft Is The New Google, Google Is The Old Microsoft | year 13 OCR business studies | Scoop.it
“ A stunning role reversal is under way...”
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Strategic decision making, past and present, in the fast changing technology market. Don't get confused by all the individual projects mentioned (you may be more familiar of some than me). Rather focus on what is going on within these companies in terms of how they make their strategic decisions. Interesting how these decisions are crucial in determining who gains power in the market
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Stitch in Time, In Business - BBC Radio 4

Stitch in Time, In Business - BBC Radio 4 | year 13 OCR business studies | Scoop.it
Peter Day asks how serious UK manufacturing is for the British fashion industry.
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The APT seminar emphasised a number of issues regarding the international nature of SHL's business.  One aspect was the area we've already considered, namely the possibility of reshoring the manufacture of the clothes to be sold.  The implication being either finding manufacturers to place orders with in the UK, or possibly less likely, SHL setting up its own manufacturing facility.  With this in mind it is definitely worth relistening to this Radio report covering the general state of the fashion industry.

 

Things to listen out for:

- how off shoring over the last 30 yrs or so has greatly reduced the number of textile manufacturers in the UK

- the fact that despite this general trend there has remained some businesses manufacturing clothing

- the connected issue of the scale of textile manufacturing skills that currently exists within the UK labour force 

 

 

 

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Business and Legislation

This comprehensive study presentation guides students through the relationship between business and legislation. It outlines the main purposes of legislation i…
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Very comprehensive coverage of business related government legislation issues - thanks Annya

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Squeezing eight more people on board will give passengers 'more' room, claims Ryanair

Squeezing eight more people on board will give passengers 'more' room, claims Ryanair | year 13 OCR business studies | Scoop.it
With a flourish of 21st-century alchemy, Ryanair has promised that squeezing eight more people into its planes will provide passengers with extra legroom.
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Morrisons' profits hurt by price war

The supermarket chain Morrisons has reported a fall in half year profits of just over 30% as it feels the effects of cutting prices to win back shoppers.
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'Higher food prices' in Scotland if Yes vote

Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, warns of 'likelihood of higher food prices' in the event of a 'Yes' vote.
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Chairman of the JLP group (John Lewis stores and Waitrose) talks about the groups most recent results and his views on Scottish independence.

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Co-op revival could take five years, says new chief executive

Co-op revival could take five years, says new chief executive | year 13 OCR business studies | Scoop.it
Repairing the beleaguered Co-operative Group after two years of turmoil could take up to five years, the new head of the business warned today.
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Rose picks up on the JLP theme from class to identify another business that isn't owned by shareholders in the way that the majority of big firms in the UK. Given that, how can John Lewis be getting most things right but the Co-ops in a mess. How important is leadership and is the Co-op 'ungovernable'?
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