Death is a time to celebrate and give thanks for a life lived. No one can deny that Margaret Thatcher lived her life with passion and purpose. She has provided a strong role model for, not just Conservative values, but values which are universal if we are to build a society which encourages people to achieve their full potential.
Until recently Tesco was a company that was constantly expanding and, significantly, making greater profits each year. So that its profits have declined massively has come as a shock. Tesco is no longer the money-making machine it once was.
In recent months we have seen two examples of household name businesses that faced a communications crisis when the social media accounts were taken over. Whilst there is a certain element of bad luck in these incidents, there are steps that businesses can take to protect themselves against this new kind of communications crisis.
Last week I, along with many other wine enthusiasts from across the globe, headed to Bordeaux to spend several pleasant days having a first taste of a range of wines from the 2012 vintage.
I'm not going to tell you that you need to quit your job to start your business, that's your decision to make, but just because you're in a job doesn't mean you can't get started. Don't sit around. Get into action!
I kept trying to think of funny ideas to start a business with- tinted contact lens for skiing/sailing in the sun, a compactable, reusable cup for Starbucks, themed 3d glasses for home use and then Rubies in the Rubble!
At this critical time when a new generation of Development Goals are being considered, agricultural development as a pathway to poverty and hunger reduction is understandably high on the political agenda.
Breaking the stranglehold which the handful of large corporate publishers currently have over academics and university libraries is not only important because of the public money at stake, but also because genuine open access allows research to be utilised by those outside the close confines of academia.
Google, Apple, Nike and McKinsey are on the growing list of companies to recognise the rewards of mindfulness.
There are many ways to resign: with dignity, anger, absence, humour... alcohol (all five if you want to go out in style). But with a cake?
Three years ago we became the proud owners of (my first ever pet) our cat, Fox. He's brought me a lot of joy, but loads of lessons too. I wanted to share one with you as I sit here looking across the room at him.
As the conventional financial system takes blows to its credibility, the question arises whether there is a better financial system waiting to be found.
A report by Barclays about exporting caught my attention recently. It found that nearly half of British retailers view the US as the toughest market to break into, despite it being the top destination for growth.
I've often said that planning a party sorts the men from the boys. It's either a total shambles, with relations strained and blood shed; or as easy as, well, organising a piss up in a brewery. And as a barman working in bars that sees every single type of party, I've been privy to a few 'do's (and the very definition of don'ts) in my time.
Despite using cocaine every night for the final three of my six years working in the City, I only once traded high - and, after an horrific eight hours getting increasingly jumpy and disconcerted, quickly learned never to do it again.
Gold offers no yield. There is no reward for holding it other than the smug feeling that you are protected from any potential economic Armageddon that's on the horizon. If you believe that's on the cards, then go right ahead and back up the truck and load up on the yellow metal until you're heart's content. Otherwise, you're best to leave it well alone.