Management Forum Blog & Industry Comment

The widening skills gap

‘Companies are facing skills shortages at critical levels that will restrain economic activity this year (2018) unless the issue is addressed.’

Thus spoke the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in a survey, just published, of several thousand UK companies.

Most particularly, managerial and professional staff are the hardest to recruit.

Employers must do more to ensure that the widening gap...

A prescription for a healthy life sciences sector?

Consulted by the UK government, a very anxious patient, the eminent Oxford professor, Sir John Bell, has given his recommended course of treatment for the life sciences limb of its industrial strategy – basically the investment of hundreds of millions of pounds in high risk projects to create new healthcare industries.

Of course, our fellow Europeans (and yes we can still call them that...

Challenging leaders

An article in the Times from October 2017 by the excellent Matthew Syed rightly points to the human instinct for idolisation – that real people are idealised and put on pedestals. He quotes Mother Theresa, Aung San Suu Kyi, Princess Diana and Mohammed Ali as examples of those treated with undue deference and where the not-so-good elements are ignored in hagiographical depictions of their...

Theres plenty of life in Life Sciences

The Life Sciences sector, covering pharmaceutical and clinical innovation and technology is, according to a Times survey “providing sinew to the economy” and is one of the “jewels in the crown” of the UK economy.

2017 is being predicted as being another strong year and the sector received so-called ‘star billing’ – in the Great Repeal Bill: White Paper published last month – as...


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