In the first two parts of this India Independence Day series, I explained how India shaped our philosophy, gave us modern numerals and instituted pre-Athenian democracy...this instalment will cover five further notable Indian contributions that were well ahead of their time.
Employing some 85,000 people and with sales in excess of £11 billion, the packaging industry is a vital UK business sector and without modern packagi...
After reading part 1 of this blog you will understand that I am an advocate of innovation being a habit in your business. You'll also know I'm into failing - lots. Being innovative means coming up with ideas that, in the first instance, will fail.
You wake up and decide to print out a million of pieces of paper with your face on the front. You've been very clever and made it so that these pieces of paper cannot be forged because the quality of the image is so remarkably high. You try selling these pieces of paper to other people in return for real money. Low and behold, people start to buy your paper off you and trade it amongst themselves. You are pretty pleased with yourself.
London's Tech City, which is in the EC1V postcode, has become the UK hub for new start-up businesses. Recently released figures have shown that more than 15,000 new businesses were created in the area in the past year, which was higher than any other area within the UK.
As India prepares to celebrate its 67th Independence Day next month, this blog post, the first in a new series about an India that many of us know little about, lists the first four of fifteen ground-breaking contributions that India has made to the lives that all of us lead today in Britain, and around the world.
Something strange has happened. Basically, nerds rock. No, I'm not talking about how it's suddenly okay to like comics, Star Trek and thick-rimmed glasses. This isn't about superficial hipster geek chic. I'm talking about a genuine, meaningful cultural shift.
For the last two months I have been interviewing consistently. I appreciate for many that that in itself is a success to celebrate, especially in my chosen field, until you see the dedicated folder I have for rejections and the excel sheet I keep of ongoing applications. However, a worrying trend is emerging.
There is no escaping the need to innovate, changes in technology, consumer trends and what the competition is doing, mean you cannot afford to stand still. You need to be innovative in all aspects of your business, from how you recruit new talent to the products you develop, or even the way in which you manage maintenance.
We can be proud of the long list of inventions that hail from these islands: the steam engine, railways, steel production, the electric motor, radio, computers, antibiotics, radar, DNA research, industrial automation and the worldwide web have all have their roots in pioneering British work. A Japanese survey once found that 56 per cent of the world's greatest inventions come from these shores.
The popular truism for the past decade is that broadcast TV is dead. However, recent earnings from filmed entertainment companies suggest anything but. Filmed entertainment, including TV, is booming, and the share price ticker tells the tale.