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Fiona Russell-Horne

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (Turn and face the strange) Ch-ch-changes Just gonna have to be a different man Time may change me But I can’t trace time When I joined BMJ as an assistant editor, way, way back as the industry emerged from the last recession-but one, I was, like most magazine newbies, …

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Boris the Bold in EU Bust-Up

Fiona Russell-Horne

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him. Well, who would have thought it? (Spoiler alert – lots of us).  Boris the Bold has found it just as hard to find a Brexit deal that pleases everyone as …

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Generation games

Fiona Russell-Horne

“You are old, Father William,” the young man said, “And your hair has become very white; And yet you incessantly stand on your head – Do you think, at your age, it is right?” Here’s something that will send a bit of a shudder through those of us born in …

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Sex and the Stock Exchange

Fiona Russell-Horne

Laurence, we are going to need considerably more buns When I joined BMJ, I was told by my then boss that it was an “industry run by and for and populated with middle-aged men, usually in glasses, often balding or grey”.  It was meant neither as commendation nor condemnation; he …

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(Not) Much ado about everything

Fiona Russell-Horne

what we have we prize not to the worth Whiles we enjoy it, but being lacked and lost, Why, then we rack the value, then we find The virtue that possession would not show us While it was ours.   Well. What a to-do. There has been so much going …

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A million questions, not one answer

Fiona Russell-Horne

Success is relative. It is what we make of the mess we have made of things. There’s a school of thought that recessions come in ten-year cycles. Which, even with my Grade B O Level maths, I reckon makes us a year late in starting this next one. New orders …

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OMG.

Fiona Russell-Horne

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends. Wow. I am really confused now. Three years ago, the EU referendum was ‘won’ by the side which wanted the UK to take back control of our own legislation after decades of …

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Make risk management a priority

Guest Blogger - Kishor Harsiani

Kishor Harsiani, IBC’s Strategy & Finance Director, explains why the merchant industry must make risk management an urgent priority You’ll struggle to find a company within the building industry that isn’t working to a strategic plan. Whether merchant or supplier, everyone has a plan for future growth, and a strategy …

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Stamp out the council house shortage

Fiona Russell-Horne

But injustice breeds injustice; the fighting with shadows and being defeated by them necessitates the setting up of substances to combat. Fiddle, fiddle fiddle. That’s all it is. Fiddling with stuff but not actually fixing it. When he was Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne altered the stamp duty thresholds, …

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Recruitment nightmares

Fiona Russell-Horne

O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us So, the figures from the Office for National Statistics, released yesterday morning (August 13), show that the number of people in work reached a record 76.1% between April and June 2019. However, the figures also …

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