Real Fears - The Storm Ahead

Written by Patricia Cullen on . Posted in Global Briefing

Brazil, a potential powerhouse with a once-booming economy, is plagued by political tensions and fiscal anxieties. Has the boom gone bust?

Up until recently, the mood in Brazil was teeming with expectation. The economy was expanding three times faster than that of the United States, poverty was decreasing and the high level of job creation was encouraging. The plan was to become one of the next world economic powers, with Rio bolstered into the public sphere after being granted the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. What better way to promote growth and development than to host such celebrated events that would also serve as a christening of fire of sorts for such a promising country? However, in 2015, unemployment, recession, inflation, scandals, debt, a lack of international confidence and currency devaluation have hit the country hard. 

Invest in Innovation

Written by Patricia Cullen on . Posted in Global Briefing

Businesses that are able to create new and innovative products or services at the same time as responding to the demands and requirements of their consumers are working a winning recipe.

Once purely a fancy buzz-word, innovation has now become a crucial ingredient in transforming the economy, revitalising cities and creating prosperous businesses. Offering fresh services or products while challenging accepted norms distinguishes you from your competitors and gives your organisation a real chance of success.


Restructuring the Rules

Written by Henry Martin on . Posted in Global Briefing

Global debt has increased by $57 trillion and no major economy has decreased its debt-to-GDP ratio since 2007, raising concerns about international economic stability and the very real possibility of another financial crisis. 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was established to come to the aid of developing nations, helping them attain macroeconomic stability, so its involvement in a European country caused unrest with global leaders from the offset.


Why UK commercial property remains a standout market for international investors

Written by By Alan Sippetts, Investment Director at Heartwood Investment Management on . Posted in Global Briefing

UK commercial property had a strong run in 2014 and it led some investors to question whether valuations were nearing the top of the cycle. Earlier this year, we took a more contrarian view, believing that UK commercial property was positioned to perform well again in 2015. Year-to-date returns are so far confirming our view, but what has been particularly striking is the UK’s outperformance versus the rest of the world. Why has this been the case?

German Quality

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Making the grade

British companies carry out more foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in Germany than in any other European country - and by far. Between 2008 and 2013, the latest reporting period, 402 FDI projects were carried out by UK-based firms in the country, fDI Markets data shows. This compares with 293 projects in France and 270 in Ireland. BP, British Telecom, Vodafone, GlaxoSmithKline, British Airways, EasyJet as well as a diverse range of British software companies have all invested in Germany in recent years. 


 

From the Margins to the Mainstream: Marijuana

Written by Garrett Brandon on . Posted in Global Briefing

With recreational marijuana use permitted in a number of US states, cannabis is moving from the margins to the mainstream of society. It's rapidly shedding its image as the drug of choice for disillusioned, disenfranchised stoners, and coming to be seen as a sophisticated inebriant for the open-minded and curious. And with its entry into the mainstream, there are big business opportunities that early movers are already beginning to exploit.

Greenland's Ready

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There is extensive political agreement in Greenland that the country’s mineral sector should be developed into a principal industry contributing positively to economic development and the creation of new jobs. This objective is a vital element of the plan for long-term economic development, which includes the development of business sectors as an alternative to the fisheries sector. Greenland’s government aims to maintain a high level of mineral exploration to further incentivize the mineral resources industry to obtain exploration and exploitation licenses. In an interview, Julie HollisHead of Geology Department; Ph.D.Ministry of Mineral Resources and Henrik Stendal of the Ministry of Mineral Resources explain this strategy.

Supplier Relationships – Resetting the Corporate Mindset

Written by Simon Atkinson Managing Partner of procurement specialists Occumen. on . Posted in Global Briefing

The relationship between large organisations and their suppliers, particularly in the retail sector, has become headline news in the UK media in recent months.  At Board level, supplier relationships are moving up the agenda as procurement becomes intertwined with reputation management.

The relationship between large corporates and their smaller suppliers has, in fact, been an issue for some years. In the summer of 2012, the Wall Street Journal was one of many to publish an article highlighting the challenge small firms faced as corporate payment periods lengthened – a legacy of the recession years.

The Next Generation of High-Rise

Written by Susanne Steinböck on . Posted in Global Briefing

Demographic change means that companies today are facing a previously unknown challenge: the battle over the best employees. Only companies that are able to keep good employees are able to increase productivity, grow and survive amid the competition.

But the very employees they are in search of, the young "Generation Y", have become choosy. A commensurate salary and good career opportunities go without saying. A comparative study of the years 2004 and 2014 by the Centre of Human Resources Information Systems of the University of Bamberg established that Generation Y placed particular importance on soft factors such as work climate (2004: 53%, 2014: 94.3) flexible hours 2004: 28%, 2014: 85.9) and work/life balance (2004: 27%, 2014: 67.9%) when choosing an employer.

SA Business moves to backup plans as power crisis drags on

Written by Sue McDermott on . Posted in Global Briefing

 South African enterprises are moving toward multi-faceted power plans as the power crisis shows no sign of coming to an end in the foreseeable future, say power sector experts on the POWER-GEN Africa Advisory Board. 

Bertha Dlamini, Managing Director of EON Consulting and a member of the POWER-GEN Africa Advisory Board, says EON’s consultants are seeing a significant increase in the number of local enterprises taking a multi-faceted approach to dealing with the power problem.

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