Put simply, the boardrooms of Britain's biggest businesses don't reflect the society they're operating in. And, as the BAME population - and their spending power - increases and organisations are increasingly asked about the make-up of their workforces by clients and contractors, this lack of diversity could potentially have huge impacts on their profits.
Ah, it's that tax return time of year, rolling round once more. Hands up if you have been studiously avoiding completing your accounts and submitting your return?
The senior civil servants, politicians, and people who drafted the legislation do not understand how micro-level ecommerce works.
As a child, I was brought up to believe that sharing was a good thing to do. It makes sense to share things we don't need to use all the time. It's a way of making and keeping friends. It often comes with an emotional reward. And it's a sign of a civilised society at work: not every exchange of valuable goods requires a transaction.
The recent announcement by the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne of a new levy on companies seeking to avoid income tax is firming up as a sign of what's to come for many jurisdictions around the world, including Australia. The business community is watching developments with increasing interest.
Both Government and the public sector are in the enviable position of having lots of data about UK citizens. However, the current culture, systems and processes make it difficult to unlock the insight held within that data to help improve services and drive efficiency.
With the above in mind some investors believe that setting up their own account gives them greater control over their wine in storage and this is totally understandable. They will have a direct contract with the storage provider and be responsible for settlement of costs.
I've been thinking a lot about failure recently. Over the years, I shudder to think about how much time I have wasted worrying about whether I have failed a test or haven't done 'well enough'. And when I did fail something, like my first driving test for example, it undoubtedly only served to make me a better driver in the end. The angst of worrying about the failure was pointless...
This is no longer urgent. It is now an emergency! We have less than a week before the EU closes for Xmas! But all is not lost, I believe that together we can make a difference. This is what you can do:
Unfortunately, despite all the benefits for staff and employers, well-paid and secure flexible work arrangements still prove elusive. Many employers remain faithful to the 9 to 5: after all, for years now, it's been the way to make a living.
I went away with a group of old university friends this weekend and I was reminded yet again of my uni nick name - The Boss. I hated it.
Hard as it is to build a business, it can be harder still to sell one (successfully) because rudimentary errors are made. In the months ahead I fear we will witness many of them.
In the lead up to the 2015 elections we are looking at our leaders and wondering who will be best to take our nation forward. As we watch them, we don't simply analyse their words, we also want to get a feel for the people behind the scripts, to understand if they are able to put it all into action. So it seems worthwhile to analyse their actions and see what they can tell us...
There is a significant prize here for all concerned. For people with mental health problems, a chance to find appropriate work in a supportive workplace; for employers, the opportunity to support the mental health of all staff; and for the wider economy, the potential to deliver a significant change to our society.
While you might think that volunteering is a huge commitment and that you have to do it every week without fail, which for some, just isn't realistic. The reality is that you don't. Whatever free time you can spare to help out your local food bank or charity is always appreciated - regardless of whether you spare one hour a month, or three hours a week.
A firm's payment terms tell a greater story about its approach to ethics, integrity, morals and respect. Too many companies are letting themselves and their suppliers down. Billions of pounds of late payments are owed to small firms. It's time to make this a thing of the past.