Tricky Month, January! So many people not back at work until Week2 – and then needing to sit and wait to see that sort of year it might be heading towards. We’re thinking about what to do in January 2019!
We are delighted that Ann Francke, the CEO of the CMI, will be speaking at Devonshire House in February 2019. We originally planned to host Ann in April 2018 but circumstances conspired against us and we agreed to defer – and 27th February 2019 was just about the first mutually workable date we could find.
Retail is an exciting, diverse and dynamic industry undergoing transformational change. The BRC is at the forefront – enhancing, assisting, informing, and shaping. Our broad range of stakeholders demonstrates how retailing touches almost every aspect of our culture.
The GMB is a general trade union in the UK with more than 631,000 members who work in nearly all industrial sectors, in retail, security, schools, distribution and the utilities, social care, the NHS, the ambulance service and local government. Devonshire House Members of longer standing than most will recall Tim’s predecessor, Paul Kenny, talking with us in2012 ( we think) and, more recently, Len McLuskey in 2015. Len’s message was that – at that time – the trade union movement did not have a political party to represent the substantial body of trade union members. And just look at what has happened since then!
Starting from scratch in London in 2010, Metro Bank has been expanding rapidly ever since. Back to basics might be a fair way of describing their story so far. The language they use to describe their model and their philosophy include – A fresh start to banking – Changing the way Britain banks – Bringing personal service back to banking – Committed to customer service – Committed to the community – Committed to Kids (Please note that dogs are allowed – watered but not fed!).
Not everyone gets to watch TV between 6.60pm and 7pm – but those who do watch Ian in action will keep on wanting to watch him. It consists of interviews with business people on the biggest business and economics stories and topical business issues. It’s fast-paced, very focused and all about extracting as much relevant information and as quickly as possible. It has nothing to do with allocations of blame or witch hunts.
We are very keen to get Ian to talk with us at Devonshire House and Ian has indicated that he’s up for this. We would, of course, need to take into account the fact that he can’t get off work before 7pm!
We have been exchanging good-natured emails with Charles Moore since October 2016 about speaking to us at Devonshire House. We think he is saying YES. Yes but not quite yet. It is well known that he’s engaged in continuing/completing his biography of Margaret Thatcher and he does quote this as something he wants to get off his To Do list – as a priority.