Planning a PR stunt? Ask for forgiveness, not permission Subscription

13 Sep 2014 | By Jimmy Cregan

I thought a giant one-tonne hailstone full of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee crashing on to the beach would be pretty fun…

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Dave Lewis era at Tesco heralds joined-up business plans

07 Sep 2014 | By David Sables

Tesco still commands about £1 in every £8 spent on all UK retail spending…

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Three key ingredients all successful people have in common Subscription

28 Aug 2014 | By Jennifer Baker

What do successful people have in common? We may think they’re cleverer, have luckier breaks and are more ruthless…

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'Selling' roles: there is a place for creativity in hiring Subscription

21 Aug 2014 | By Jonathan Fitchew

Working in sales recruitment, I face the challenge of selling a sales career to less-than-willing graduates…

David Sables

Don't skirt around the point - there is no harm in asking! Subscription

09 Aug 2014 | By David Sables

We are constantly fed a myth soup about selling and negotiation…

Jobs for young people

Taking a summer break? It's time to SWOT up on your career Subscription

02 Aug 2014 | By Jennifer Baker

It’s that time of year again, with many people heading off to a well-earned summer break…

Jonathan Fitchew

Recruiters should check facts about candidates

26 Jul 2014 | By Jonathan Fitchew

As a bit of a holiday traditionalist, I walked into a travel agent and explained what I wanted…


Ten years after Gü... launching a product is harder than ever Subscription

22 Jul 2014 | By James Averdieck

I set up Gü Puds in 2003. We had to go through all the palaver any new food business goes though…

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Why not just outlaw the obviously unfair trading practices? Subscription

10 Jul 2014 | By David Sables

I’m often accused of emotive language when discussing the Groceries Code Adjudicator…

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Peak performance: some sporting advice to take into work

05 Jul 2014 | By Jennifer Baker

With World Cup fever about to reach its climax, I truly enjoy learning from diverse and successful athletes…

Jonathan Fitchew

How to assemble a World Cup-winning formation at work Subscription

28 Jun 2014 | By Jonathan Fitchew

The England boys may be out of the running, but I’m staying glued to the world stage with just one question…

James Averdieck

Entrepreurial start-ups are now the cool places to work Subscription

21 Jun 2014 | By James Averdieck

When I was leaving university, there was a very conventional career path for ambitious top-flight graduates…

Jennifer Baker

The career advice I'd give now to my 22 year old self Subscription

08 Jun 2014 | By Jennifer Baker

The other day I read an article with the headline: ‘If I were 22 again what advice would I give myself?’…


Recruitment is changing - but job boards aren't dead yet Subscription

31 May 2014 | By Jonathan Fitchew

The speculated end of the job board used to be just a whisper – these days it’s an open debate…


School kids urged to pursue fmcg careers in IGD training scheme Subscription

14 May 2014 | By James Halliwell

Leading fmcg companies are to offer in-school training to encourage youngsters to consider a career in food and drink.

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Could a professional selfie be the key to attracting talent? Subscription

03 May 2014 | By Jonathan Fitchew

The ‘digital footprint’ is a fast-growing recruitment catchphrase…

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Superstars: there's a spare desk in my London office Subscription

30 Apr 2014 | By James Averdieck

Through my coaching practice I meet a lot of start-up entrepreneurs and most have come into fmcg with little experience…


Are major retailers easier to deal with as wounded animals? Subscription

23 Apr 2014 | By David Sables

We are witnessing a major shift in buying habits away from the big supers and into convenience formats…

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Why are imports of food & drink so much higher than exports? Subscription

30 Mar 2014 | By James Averdieck

We’ve just had a very upbeat chancellor telling us that the UK has the fastest recovery of any G8 nation…

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Make it pay while the sun shines: strategic and sensible selling Subscription

25 Mar 2014 | By David Sables

How’s the weather been for your business recently?…


What to do about the problem of underemployment? Subscription

13 Mar 2014 | By Jonathan Fitchew

Underemployment is a dark truth in the world of recruitment…

Ready meals

What does the future hold for fmcg? Subscription

04 Mar 2014 | By James Averdieck

I am now what has become an increasingly rare breed in this industry – someone over the age of 45…


As unemployment falls, it's a good time to get more for less Subscription

03 Feb 2014 | By James Averdieck

Here’s a controversial idea: run your company with fewer people…

Christmas supermarket

Beware the fallout from the big four's Christmas disaster Subscription

27 Jan 2014 | By David Sables

So how was Christmas for you? You were hoping for an iPad and got a cookbook…

Young business man

Recruitment is about more than just the person you're hiring Subscription

21 Jan 2014 | By Jennifer Baker

One of the most important decisions facing any organisation is recruiting the right people…

Paul Mullan

Paul Mullan takes up COO role at petfood maker Lily's Kitchen Subscription

14 Sep 2014 | By Andrew Don

Specialist petfood supplier Lily’s Kitchen has recruited Paul Mullan to the newly created role of chief operating officer…

Neil Nugent

Ex-Morrisons top chef Neil Nugent aims to stay in grocery

14 Sep 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Morrisons executive chef Neil Nugent is keen to remain in the grocery industry after parting ways with the supermarket…

Ian Toal

Outgoing Adams Foods CEO Ian Toal eyes his next project

14 Sep 2014 | By Kevin White

Outgoing Adams Foods chief executive Ian Toal is gearing up for a new “high-energy” project…

Booths bake off

Elizabeth Harper wins Booths' Bake Off with sticky toffee buns

14 Sep 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Elizabeth Harper has won a listing at the chain after triumphing in Booths’ version of The Great British Bake Off…

Co-op trial store

Co-op reassures staff it is not looking for 24/7 availability

13 Sep 2014 | By Beth Brooks

The Co-operative Group has moved to reassure staff over S3 Store Standards…

Justin King, Sainsbury's

Justin King warns of price rises if Scotland goes independent

12 Sep 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Former Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King has warned that supermarket prices could rise in an independent Scotland.

IG roundtable at 10 Downing Street

Cameron meets grocery bosses to champion jobs for young people

12 Sep 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

Major figures in the food and grocery industry have met with the Prime Minister to discuss possible measures to boost job prospects for young people in Britain.

Simon Smith

Simon Smith of Saucy Fish Co becomes MD of Icelandic Seachill

10 Sep 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Simon Smith has been appointed MD of The Saucy Fish Co owner Icelandic Seachill…

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MPs form All-Party Parliamentary Group for the dairy industry

10 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

MPs and peers from across the political spectrum have formed an All-Party Parliamentary Group for the dairy industry.


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