Rethinking workspace — a discussion

10 January 2012

Are we approaching a fundamental change in the way corporate real estate (CRE) assets are used? Paul Carder, Managing Director of Occupiers Journal, reports on a recent “open group” discussion on Linkedin between CRE professionals.

Was the Red Tape Challenge worth the effort?

10 January 2012

Paul Clarke takes a look at the recently-published report from the Department for Transport on the impact of the Red Tape Challenge on the road transport industry.

FD profile: Lucy Thomas, BSkyB

9 January 2012

Neil Hodge meets the satellite broadcaster's finance director and hears how BSkyB continues to outperform the market.

Liberating the NHS: the current state of play

6 January 2012

The Health and Social Care Bill is currently with the House of Lords, which is debating in fairly minute detail the issues its reforms raise. Meanwhile, changes have had to be initiated in the NHS in preparation for when the Bill becomes law in the first quarter of 2012. Thoreya Swage highlights some of these changes, setting out the current state of play at the beginning of 2012.

What’s in the news? December 2011

6 January 2012

December, usually a quiet time in the news, brought much-awaited government plans for a reformed Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which aims to significantly reduce the burdens of bureaucracy. The Government also has ambitious plans to drive up the standards of reading in young children, believing this is essential to improving progress later on. Child poverty and strangely, at the same time, child obesity, also feature in the news. Is something wrong somewhere? Susan Roddy has the details.

CSR reports routinely flawed, says research

5 January 2012

A comprehensive review of corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting has found that some of the world’s largest companies are routinely using incorrect and misleading information.

The Health at Work Review — implications for the public sector

5 January 2012

On 21 November 2011, the outcomes of an independent review of sickness absence in the UK (Health at work — an independent review of sickness absence) were published. This review was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions last February, and was undertaken by David Frost, former Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce and Dame Carol Black, the Government’s National Director for Health and Work.