Message from Mark Williams – CEO
First Brexit and then Trump! I don’t think anybody can argue that these are not interesting times in the global political landscape. Whether the progress of globalisation will slow down or stop is open to much debate. For a Language Services business, what we don’t want to see is a more insular world, with less cross-border communication and activity. Inward-facing strategies by countries or companies indicates a reduced willingness to engage with neighbours and explore opportunities outside one’s own borders or national markets.
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It’s a new era where you can no longer take anything for granted, ‘marmite – love them, or loathe them’ candidates are winning US Presidential elections, Brexit did happen and the moon has come in for a closer inspection to see just what is happening on planet earth; it’s no wonder that employees too are deciding to jump ship after only ninety days in a job but are they leaving the job or are they ditching you? more..
On the 3rd of November, the British High Court ruled that the conservative government would not be able to start the procedures to leave the European Union without consulting parliament.
At this news, the exchange rate between pound and dollar immediately touched its highest peak in nearly a month, passing the threshold of 1.24 and rising to close at 1.25, while the overall impact on the financial markets was positive – despite the tensions of the US presidential election.
Why such a positive reaction from investors? What does this concretely change? more..
After a day stuffing the washing machine with dirty laundry, wheeling the toddler around the supermarket, running the gauntlet of the school run, stuffing tea down fussy eaters’ by disguising broccoli with tomato ketchup, pulling off a UN style deal to negotiate homework first, TV second and, then whittling down the expected number of stories from five to two before persuading them to shut their eyes before 8pm; I expect the furthest thing on many women’s minds is to then throw on their coats, grab their bags and get to work and all in the knowledge that they will earn less than men over the course of their careers and take the hit of a pay cut in exchange for some precious flexible working, yet this is what is happening. Night working is growing and yes you guessed it two-thirds of this growth is being fuelled by women. more..