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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Jennifer Baker

Be bold! A new year's exercise to inspire a successful 2014 Subscription

09 Dec 2013 | By Jennifer Baker

It’s well known new year’s resolutions don’t have a high success rate…

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Hiring 'keepers' is not as simple as it seems Subscription

30 Nov 2013 | By Jonathan Fitchew

If there’s one thing we can take from the revelations about Paul Flowers, it’s the sheer impact a hiring howler can have…

David Sables

Ever been caught new-skilling a buyer? You sounded insincere Subscription

18 Nov 2013 | By David Sables

Communication skills are trainable, yes, but with any new skill it takes practice until you get proficient

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Who says selling is weak? That's just wrong

25 Sep 2013 | By David Sables

At a round of sales training events staged by IGD, the speaker announced that the more you sell the weaker you look….

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Selling requires you to adapt your style to the situation Subscription

23 Sep 2013 | By David Sables

Seeing the despairing face of the Asda food hall manager, I paused….

Jennifer Blake

Play to your strengths to find scope for growth at work Subscription

19 Sep 2013 | By Jennifer Baker

It’s also the area where people most often feel dissatisfied. The average person spends 40 to 50 years of their life worki…

Jonathan Fitchew

Middle management? It's time to go organic and grow our own Subscription

08 Sep 2013 | By Jonathan Fitchew

August saw UK businesses take on workers at the fastest pace in more than a decade…

Maryland Gooey's

Tim Walker appointed Burton's Biscuit Co planning director

26 Jul 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

Burton’s Biscuit Co has appointed Tim Walker as its new director of planning and procurement…

Stuart Green

Stuart Green, Mrs Crimble's, on Bourne, macaroons and beer Subscription

26 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

D-day came and I nailed it! Feedback: “We think you are too polished for us.”…

Philip Clarke, Tesco

Philip Clarke: price and refit failures meant he 'had to go'

25 Jul 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty, Alec Mattinson

Clarke “had to go” because his store refit programme under-delivered and he failed to make Tesco competitive on price…


AG Barr sales up 5.6% on promos and warmer weather

25 Jul 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

AG Barr has announced sales growth of 5.6% for the first half of its financial year.

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James Lancaster 'no longer retiring' from McColl's Subscription

24 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

McColl’s Retail Group founder James Lancaster has declared he is “no longer retiring”…

James Lancaster

McColl’s sales up as Lancaster splits off chairman role

22 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

McColl’s Retail Group has reported a 2.1% increase in half-year like-for-like sales, and revealed founder James Lancaster is to fully focus on his role as chief executive.

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Philip Clarke's highs and lows at Tesco: in pictures

21 Jul 2014 | By Ian Quinn

It’s been stormy weather pretty much all the way for Tesco CEO Philip Clarke since taking over in 2011. The Grocer looks back.

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Aldi co-founder Karl Albrecht dies aged 94

21 Jul 2014 | By James Halliwell

Karl Albrecht, co-founder of Aldi and its chairman until 2002, has died aged 94.

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Former Co-op boss Euan Sutherland gets £1m payoff

21 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Euan Sutherland, the former CEO of The Co-operative Group, is to receive a £1m payoff.


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