At this time of year, The Broadcast PR Business looks at predictions for business growth over Christmas and next year. We interviewed Richard Dodd from the British Retail Consortium to get a sense of what’s happening on the high street and how that’s affecting the economy.
Watch our film at www.broadcastprbusiness.com where he says it’s going to be another tough Christmas for retailers and a difficult year ahead in 2013:
‘Although UK retailers are world class it’s been a miserable summer followed by poor shopping figures in October. Food retailing is holding up but sales on furniture and big electrical goods are down. Online is still a big success with the UK representing 11% of the world’s retail spending’.
How do you manage your emotions as a trader, particularly when the market is volatile? This is a question that most traders have to attend to when they start their trading career.
The Broadcast PR Business held a filmed discussion on this hot topic by bringing together research from The Open University and advice from the Chief Strategist at IG Index.
Professor Mark Fenton O’Creevy from The Open University gave some guidance:
‘Don’t continue to trade with money you can’t afford to lose, if the market is unsettled; always write down your trading strategy and then your reasons for changing this during a trade before you act. Don’t push your emotions down, becoming aware of them and distance yourself! Trading is an intensely emotional business and expert traders learn to manage their reactions.’
David Jones, Chief Strategist at IG Index agreed:
‘You must be disciplined about your emotions – keep calm and detached. Know when to preserve your capital, by developing an emotional instinct to cutting your losses. Above all, in this 24/7 technological world, do not let your emotions be driven by watching the markets night and day. Use technology sensibly and do not be a slave to it.’
View the discussion at www.broadcastprbusiness.com
There’s been much talk in the media about the pay gap that affects women – reportedly that women will earn £500,000 less than men over a lifetime.
We thought we would ask an HR expert to come into our broadcast studio to talk about this. So we interviewed Dawn Nicholson, Partner at PwC about her ideas on how the pay gap could be closed. Here’s what she said:
‘There’s no silver bullet to sort out the pay gap for women, but flexible working, valuing talent and providing mentoring for women all help to increase women’s work opportunities and pay.
‘Employers need to do more to help their managers respond better to flexible working requests, taking into account workload and other resources in their teams.
On increasing the numbers of women on top FTSE boards Dawn Nicholson said:
‘Aspirational targets not quotas are best, but also openness in showing that a firm is developing younger women through the pipeline is essential. At PwC, female graduates are offered a range of opportunities when joining the firm for advancement’.
You can watch Dawn’s interview in The Broadcast PR Business studio at www.broadcastprbusiness.com.
The Broadcast PR Business is at the forefront of health news and events in the UK and around the world, and while we do not hold political opinions we are happy to report significant changes in the health service when they occur.
Our interview with Dr Clive Peedell, Co-founder of The National Health Action Party is significant as it is one of the first to be broadcast via our web site and youTube. It is available to view on www.broadcastprbusiness.com
In it Dr Clive Peedell talks about winning over the arguments with the public as the party officially launches today (Thursday) at the Palace of Westminster. In opposing the Health and Social Care Act, because he believes it will break up the NHS, Dr Peedell says aligning themselves with the founding principles of Bevan will ensure a fairer system for all who use the NHS.
‘Choice is being forced on patients – they don’t want this – and it will drive up costs. When you are feeling poorly, you want a good local hospital’, Dr Peedell says.
When asked whether the public will suffer from compassion fatigue over the issue and wonder whether as patients they will be put first, he responded: ‘As doctors we will always put patients first – if the Act is not repealed, patient care will be harmed’.