Falconbury Blog & Industry Comment

Thorogood Publishing's link to The Beatles - more than a top tenuous one!

The obituary in The Times (9th March 2018) of Geoffrey Ellis, who was part of the Brian Epstein management set-up for The Beatles, mentions that he wrote a book about his experiences in the pop world and cleverly used a Beatles song for its title.

Although The Times did not mention us, I Should Have Known Better, as Geoffrey’s memoir was called, was in fact published by our company, Thorogood...

The widening skills gap

‘Companies are facing skills shortages at critical levels that will restrain economic activity this year (2018) unless the issue is addressed.’

Thus spoke the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in a survey, just published, of several thousand UK companies.

Most particularly, managerial and professional staff are the hardest to recruit.

Employers must do more to ensure that the widening gap...

Challenging leaders

An article in the Times from October 2017 by the excellent Matthew Syed rightly points to the human instinct for idolisation – that real people are idealised and put on pedestals. He quotes Mother Theresa, Aung San Suu Kyi, Princess Diana and Mohammed Ali as examples of those treated with undue deference and where the not-so-good elements are ignored in hagiographical depictions of their...

NO. 3 : It ends as it begins

We often derive some form of satisfaction from a speech or a narrative which ends as it begins. This may be because there is something pleasing in completing a circle. We can also find individual words which end as they begin. Searching for these can be fun. Try it. Here are a few examples of words which begin and end with the same three letters in the same order: ENTanglemENT; ENTitlemENT;...

Theres plenty of life in Life Sciences

The Life Sciences sector, covering pharmaceutical and clinical innovation and technology is, according to a Times survey “providing sinew to the economy” and is one of the “jewels in the crown” of the UK economy.

2017 is being predicted as being another strong year and the sector received so-called ‘star billing’ – in the Great Repeal Bill: White Paper published last month – as...


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