How to Get to World Class and Stay There

In order for an organisation to steer a deliberate and defined course, it needs to have a coherent strategy, with a well understood and resourced implementation plan. All this needs to be consistent with the way we do things round here – the corporate culture. The Mars organisation: built on and living by its culture.

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The USA, North Korea and China: WWI Re-visited?

Is it just me or is this all starting to take on a similar pattern of woes to that set in motion prior to the outbreak of World War I?

On September 13th, Reuters reported on the situation after the latest nuclear test undertaken by North Korea. Well down in the article was the following quote?

“U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also warned China, North Korea’s main ally and trading partner, that Washington would “put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the U.S. and international dollar system” if it did not follow through on the new measures.

Another senior administration official told Reuters that any such “secondary sanctions” on Chinese banks and other companies were on hold for now to give Beijing time to show it was prepared to fully enforce the latest and previous rounds of sanctions.”

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Gross Margin: How Much Is Enough?

Always a tricky problem.

In a mature market with a mature product/service, gross margins (GM) tend to be ungenerous and well understood across the competition and value chain.

Positioning a new product/service that may disrupt an existing market or create a new one is more difficult as it tends to be based upon what the customer is prepared to pay. It is a value call that needs to be considered in terms of client need and benefit. Until competition launches its own version, the field is clear. There is time for strategy to settle down and the company can generate some cash, recover R&D, set up and launch costs. Unless you have the benefit of a highly secure, patented item, the space to make the most of this leadership is small.

So what if you are a ‘newish’ business or launching a product or service new to you but where competition exists?

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Where Do We Go With The (UK) National Debt?

What are we doing about the national debt? At a practical level, making it bigger.

see, for example:

Most of the public focus is on the deficit (how big a gap there is between income and expenditure in the current year) and how badly ‘austerity’ is making everything. In spite of this, the office of National Statistics states that the public sector net debt increased by £123.5 billion between tax years 2016 and 2017.

If you think that’s a lot of money, see below.

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Helping Modern Slavery Survivors Rebuild Their Lives

At the bottom of this website’s home page is our Modern Slavery statement. The article shared here gives information about why this is important and why we should all be aware of what goes on around us. Please be vigilant. Remember that the road to ruin starts with one good person turning a blind eye.

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