david bowie

So farewell David Bowie; global superstar, rock icon, writer, singer, actor, artist, the very personification of cool, my hero and very astute businessman.

Businessman? Well he’s left £135 million and a back catalogue which will deliver a very healthy living to those astute enough to have invested in ‘Brand Bowie’. You may not have 10% of his talent, I know I haven’t, but there is much we can all learn from him and here are six things that I’ve picked out.

1. The key to career longevity is relevance.

reports without borders thoughtpieceA recent report by Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has announced that 110 journalists have been killed in 2015. The figure below shows where in the world they were killed, Syria and Iraq being two of the most dangerous countries. It also shows how many people were knowingly targeted which totals to an astonishing 67/110 reporters. This totals to 787 journalists being killed since 2005.

david langdown

David Langdown, co-founder of Focus7 International, gives us 4 leadership lessons we can learn from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

A Focus7 International Ltd blog

This year, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history. Filled with patriotism, we decided to take a closer look at her time as Queen and see what it is that makes her such a wonderful leader and icon to so many people around the world.

Colin Morrison

Preston, is a little-known northern British city with an illustrious past in the country’s 19th century industrial revolution, and a football team whose best days were more than 60 years ago. It was at the heart of a world-beating textile industry, was Charles Dickens’ smokey location for “Hard Times”, and – 200 years ago – was the first town outside London to have gas lighting.


Following on from my piece in Print Week...

Recently Jo Francis asked me my thoughts on robotics following on from a BBC series on intelligent machines.  You can see the original article here:

Iqraa Hassan – invited me to expand on the theme:

As early as 2000 I had installed robotic systems like the one below into factories at St Ives and before that we had significant investment in Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV’s)– which were basically un-manned fork trucks that ran on a track in the floor.


(Image courtesy of Rima System)

So robotics is not necessarily new, what is exciting however is that technology today is getting much more sophisticated and less expensive. So that in the future they will be easily justifiable.


The national daily newspaper that has the youngest readership, The Sun, has lost more than 40% of its copy sales in the past five years. But so has the oldest, The Daily Telegraph. Newspapers are in real trouble and finding it difficult to create digital services. Even the once golden Mail Online is losing ground. Tough times indeed for Fleet Street's former big beasts...

Dominic Graham de Montrose discusses digital platforms including Twitter's dropping share price and our reliance on search engines such as Google.


"The impact of last week's disappointing results on Twitter's share price may or may not turn out to represent systemic problems in its business model, but it prompted a thought experiment - what would happen if, god forbid, it went under?


Whether you’re attracting a customer or a potential partner on a date, you have to make a good first impression. In dating, you practice your best jokes, dress nicely and smile. In business, you create a super sexy lead magnet.

A lead magnet is how you can create an unforgettable first impression on your potential customer, i.e. that glistening smile of attraction that makes someone approach you at a bar.

With the right lead magnet, you are endowed to attract as many ideal customers as you can handle. You tell them, “I’m willing to give you this super sexy lead magnet in exchange for your name and email address.”

Paul Herbert

Freeman Paul Herbert a partner of Goodman Derrick LLP was listed as a Star Writer on intellectual property in the issue of The Lawyer dated 22 June where he wrote about the Intellectual Property Act of  

iwsmallService in the printing industry has changed out of all recognition in the last decade. It has had to.Where the most advanced sheetfed printers might have been outputting 35 to 40 million per press then, they are producing 65 to 70 million today. 

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