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Strategies for a post-Brexit world

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by Robert Lawson

A lot has happened in the past month and the implications for UK food and drink are significant.  It is too early to say that dust is settling, but what is clear is that the UK food industry faces a period of major upheaval.  Businesses will need to review their strategies in the light of […]

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Are there any silver linings from Brexit for UK food and drink?

Posted on: June 30th, 2016 by Robert Lawson

Earlier this week, Ian Wright, Director General of the UK Food and Drink Federation signalled his feelings regarding the UK’s Brexit decision in no uncertain terms – “It is a disaster”.  With a UK perspective it is pretty easy to share his point of view on the matter, but the food and drink industry will […]

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Jamie Oliver’s Sugar Tax – Time for the FDF to wake up

Posted on: September 2nd, 2015 by Robert Lawson

In the past decade there have been a handful of notable campaigns led by chefs/personalities to address food issues which have had a real impact.  Hugh Fearnley-Whitingstall’s Fish Fight campaign added momentum to changes in EU regulation on secondary fish catches, to retailers broadening the fish sold in supermarkets and fishing techniques used by major […]

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The Challenges of Selling a Family Business

Posted on: August 6th, 2015 by Robert Lawson

Selling Businesses is tricky. But the prize of doing it well is so large you would think more firms would focus on getting their sale processes just right. And for family owned businesses the challenges of preparing a business for sale are particularly tough.

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Tesco ditches its Balanced Scorecard

Posted on: May 7th, 2015 by Robert Lawson

Tesco has been using a Balanced Scorecard for almost 20 years.  For those not familiar with the concept of Balanced Scorecards it was developed in the 1990’s by professors at Harvard Business School.   It is a tool for management to track progress of a business through a range of measures which collectively encapsulate business strategy […]

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