Business Shapers

Monthly Archives: July 2014

  • Big data – ICO issues guidance to controllers

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has this week issued a report on ‘big data’, concluding that controllers of big data analytics need to comply with the requirements of the 1998 Data Protection Act – in other words, just because it’s big, and just because it’s clever, it can’t just ignore the Act.  As the Report… Read more

  • Shaper: Ruth Chapman

    My husband started our business with his sister, then she got married and moved away, so he was left holding the baby. I was helping him out around my own working life and he said, come and join me. It has always been an organic journey and we have always taken every opportunity that we… Read more

  • An employer’s guide to dealing with cyber bullying

    Whilst it is difficult to measure the frequency of cyber bullying in the workplace, there is no reason to believe it is any less prevalent than conventional bullying. In 2012, a study conducted by the University of Sheffield and the University of Nottingham (“Punched from the Screen”) found that up to 80% of respondents had… Read more

  • Shaper: Nick Hungerford

    I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur when I realised if I didn’t do it I would live with regret – regret of being in the daily grind and under someone else’s thumb. The atmosphere and the vibe when I was studying at Stanford were so transformational that it gave me the confidence to… Read more

  • The new Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill

    Last week, the UK Government published emergency legislation designed to allow the interception and storage of communications data.  This follows an April decision by the European courts outlawing existing European law.  Communications data is, as the home secretary put it in the limited Parliamentary debate, the ‘who, where, when and how’ of communications, not its… Read more

  • Shaper: Des McDonald

    It was in my DNA to leave school and go into the business. I went to The Ritz and I really enjoyed the energy, the noise, the buzz, the camaraderie. I absolutely knew this was the career for me. I was always interested in the mechanics of how businesses worked – I asked lots of… Read more

  • FIFA World Cup 2014 Ticket Touting Scandal

    Brazilian Police have discovered a ticket touting scandal involving the illegal sale of World Cup tickets. Initial investigations have led to the arrest of, amongst others, Ray Whelan, the British director of the World Cup’s hospitality company, MATCH. FIFA has always ensured that tickets reach genuine fans at a reasonable price. Historically, it has been… Read more

  • Shaper: Paul Jacobs

    When you reach the ripe old age of your mid-fifties, you reach a point where you start to think: isn’t it about time I took a bit more control of my own destiny? You can’t get to a point in business where you haven’t experienced some bruises. Suddenly there you are all on your own,… Read more

  • Transparency and Trust proposals now in Parliament

    In my last post on 21 May, I reported on reaction to the Government’s proposals to fight corruption by increasing the accountability and transparency of those who really own and control UK corporates.   At the time of writing, it was not clear whether the proposals would go ahead, but last week they had their first… Read more