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How Ben & Jerry's brought maverick ideas to mainstream business

How Ben & Jerry's brought maverick ideas to mainstream business | Economy | Scoop.it
As Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's, turns 63, Brad Edmondson explains why the company is proof that profits and purpose can co-exist

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Yvonne Bailey's curator insight, March 21, 2014 10:13 AM

Could be a useful article for thsoe of you focussing on a few companies for your research

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M&S planning overseas expansion

M&S planning overseas expansion | Economy | Scoop.it

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Yvonne Bailey's curator insight, April 2, 2014 9:16 AM

"Marks and Spencer has announced plans to open 250 stores abroad and increase international profits by 40% over the next three years."  This is a clear strategy of market development, it has faced increasing levels of competition and falling sales in its domestic market.  Many of the stores will be in emerging markets.

M&S is a good firm to use if you are focussing your application research on a few businesses.

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Minimum wage up to £6.50 an hour

Minimum wage up to £6.50 an hour | Economy | Scoop.it

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Yvonne Bailey's curator insight, March 12, 2014 11:42 AM

"The national minimum wage will increase by 19p an hour to £6.50, the government has announced. The new rates will be implemented in October and will benefit a million workers" Think about the implications for labour costs and the potential increases in disposbale income etc.  A classic example of the political & legal environment affecting business.

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The Fall of the United Kingdom - Coming Catastrophes in the UK Economy

The state of the United Kingdom economy including government spending, budget deficits, interest on the debt, unfunded liabilities, public sector worker pens...

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Tesco finance director Laurie McIlwee may quit after fall in profits

Tesco finance director Laurie McIlwee may quit after fall in profits | Economy | Scoop.it
Tesco losing market share and sales as shoppers defect to low-cost rivals Aldi and Lidl

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Yvonne Bailey's curator insight, April 4, 2014 9:08 AM

worrying news for Tesco... good for strategy and competition

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RBS to close 44 branches across UK

RBS to close 44 branches across UK | Economy | Scoop.it

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Yvonne Bailey's curator insight, April 3, 2014 6:51 AM

"A spokesman for RBS said: "Banking has changed significantly over the last few years as more and more of our customers are banking with us where and when it is convenient for them.

"We have to adapt to what our customers want, which is why we're investing in a range of other ways our customers can bank with us, including online and telephone banking, our mobile app, and in any one of the Post Office's 11,500 branches across the UK."

The branch closures come two months after RBS said it planned to slash costs by more than £5bn over four years, after its annual results showed it made a loss of £8.2bn in 2013."

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McDonald's workers allege wage theft

McDonald's workers allege wage theft | Economy | Scoop.it

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Yvonne Bailey's curator insight, March 14, 2014 5:57 AM

A good example for Stakeholder V Shareholder approaches, ethics and csr.