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BARCLAYS TO CREATE 2000 NEW JOBS IN THE UK AS PROFITS DOUBLE

Barclays says its profits more than doubled in the first three months of the year, boosted by better performance in its core business. Pre-tax profit for the first quarter was £1.682bn, up from £793m for the same period last year. Chief executive Jes Staley said it had been “another quarter of strong progress towards the completion of […]

CBI FIGURES SUGGEST RETAIL SALES GROWING AT FASTEST RATE FOR 18 MONTHS

Retailers have seen sales exceed expectations to grow at their fastest pace since September 2015 as consumer confidence remains buoyant, figures show. The CBI Distributive Trades Survey of 112 firms, of which 57 were retailers, also showed that orders placed on suppliers has risen at the strongest rate for a year and a half. Some […]

GOVERNMENT STAKE IN LLOYDS BANKING GROUP NOW LESS THAN ONE PER CENT

The taxpayer’s stake in Lloyds Banking Group has been cut to below 1% as the Government edges closer to fully privatising the lender. UK Financial Investments, which manages the stake in Lloyds, cut its holding by around 1% to 0.89%. Last week, Chancellor Philip Hammond said the Government has recouped the £20.3 billion used to […]

RECKLESS VAUXHALL SHOULD HAVE ACTED FASTER OVER RIFE-RISK ZAFIRAS SAY MPS

Vauxhall showed a “reckless disregard for safety” by not stopping motorists driving Zafira B vehicles it knew were a fire risk, MPs said. The manufacturer was too slow to begin a full investigation and then acted prematurely in attributing the problem to improper repairs by third parties, according to a damning report by the Commons’ […]

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT SUMMIT – A BLOG FROM THE CHAIR

As Chair of the Employee Engagement 2017, I was asked by the organisers to write a summary of the day. Last time they asked me this, I was caught slightly on the hop and hadn’t really taken proper notes (being focussed on the here and now) so this time I was really prepared! I had […]

Mark Hilary

Marketing Leaders Need To Face The Future And Embrace CX Now

People hate change, that’s a fact. I was once involved in an enormous change management programme at an investment bank where hundreds of people were flown all over the world for training, just so the changes the boss wanted to implement could be handled smoothly. The bottom line was that all that money was spent […]