The Secret To Social Mobility Success Lies With The Young

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Politics
Sophie Livingstone

We need to give more young people the skills and opportunities, and empower them to inspire more than just a generation - they could create an entire social movement.

Service Exports - Clearly Visible

Nora Senior | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Nora Senior

As a UK service exporter, I feel somewhat aggrieved. Overlooked and invisible. Despite the strong and strengthening performance of service sector exports, we are often perceived as the poor relation to manufacturers. Indeed the government usually refers to the service sector as 'invisible exports', quite apt when considering where the focus of current investment is placed.

Dear Struggling Musician... Is This You?

Victoria Leith | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Leith

I entered a big televised national competition, judged by Dizzy Rascal, Sharleen Spiteri and Jamie Cullum. I delighted in telling my friends I was in this competition particularly because of these great musicians involved.

It's on Us?

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK
Leeanne Boulton

There's no getting away from the fact that we are living in an increasingly material world.

Where NOT to Buy your Turkey at Christmas!

Jenny Florence | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Florence

A few days before Christmas I bought a free range turkey at Lidl's, use by date 26th, drove home and put it into the fridge, still in its carrier bag. On Christmas morning I opened the bag to discover a somewhat unpleasant smell. The turkey was just on the turn.

A Radical, Collective Resolution for 2015

Deborah Quibell | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Deborah Quibell

We are just about one week into 2015 - a new cycle has begun, and is pregnant with potential. I enjoy the (perceived) clean slate that comes with each new year. It compartmentalizes our existence into meaningful increments, into manageable time frames that help us to cope with the turbulence of life.

A Week in the Life of a Southeastern Train Commuter: Why SE London Desperately Needs a Bakerloo Extension

Ellie Holland | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK
Ellie Holland

A public consultation on the £3 billion extension to the Bakerloo Line, which will run from Elephant & Castle towards New Cross, Lewisham, Bromley and Hayes, was held this week. For some, this may not mean much. For those who have the misfortune of relying on the coughing, spluttering coffin of hell that is a Southeastern train to commute to and from central London, however, this means a long-awaited slice of justice...

Building the talent pool of the future

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Livingstone

It was demoralising to see The Times' report that "almost a quarter of graduate employers have complained of being unable to fill vacancies despite record numbers of school leavers going to university." Once again, a 'mismatch' between what graduates can offer and the knowledge and skills asked for by employers has been blamed.

A Friendly Reminder to Everyone About the People Who Serve You Every Day

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gabrielle Leimon

I've processed everything through the till as I was trained to do. I counted the change out twice. It is absolutely unknown to me what this man seems to be having a problem with and yet he decides to stand there, a heaving queue behind him, and mocks me for a further five minutes in a moment that was truly overwhelming. It's only my first day.

The Dignity In Serving

Michelle Holmes | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Holmes

From teachers, carers, nurses and doctors, street sweepers, sales assistants and the like, working in service is an exchange of energy as old as civilisation. Serving one another in some way is a natural human instinct that we all have inside of us and can deliver on daily basis through our individual talents.

The Difference Between a Service and a Product

Hugh Salmon | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Hugh Salmon

In my last post, I shared my experience of pouring hundreds of cans of beer down the drain in Vietnam due the high level of care Heineken take to ensure that every can of their lager meets their strict quality standards...

How To Get The Most Out Of A Luxury Hotel

Mark Hodson | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

So what can you expect when you turn up? Five stars above the door doesn't just mean plush carpets and marble bathrooms. Service is what you're paying for, and if you're smart you will take full advantage.

Why Studying Abroad is One of the Best Things You Can Do for Your Career...

Elspeth Brown | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Elspeth Brown

Being an international student - whether you're in the UK, USA or Europe - is daunting and many can find themselves in a sticky situation with unscrupulous landlords or dodgy visa companies. Even seemingly simple tasks like setting up a mobile phone or a bank account can suddenly become very confusing.

The Muslim Youth Helpline's Survival Depends on Strong Leadership

Furqan Naeem | Posted 04.09.2012 | UK
Furqan Naeem

In the last few months the Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH) has been through a number of trials and tribulations that have been well documented.

The Best and Worst of Service on the British High Street

Alistair Niederer | Posted 14.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Alistair Niederer

A few weeks ago, the Consumer's Association published their latest survey on customer satisfaction in the British High Street. Over 11,000 people were surveyed and asked specifically about their experience in shops in the previous six months.

Baby You Can Drive My Car

Nancy Atkinson-Turner | Posted 14.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Nancy Atkinson-Turner

There are so many women like me. Independent, fierce and strong-minded. We are fashion focussed, we read Cosmo, Vogue, Grazia, Stylist. We are beginning to realise that cars are more than a way to get from A to B and back again. They are an accessory, a massive accessory.

MoD Takes Money Back From Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

PA | Posted 26.12.2011 | UK

The Ministry of Defence has clawed back money paid to a soldier killed in Afghanistan because he died before the end of the month. The family of La...