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The End of Innocence?

The BBC was quick this morning to advise that Coca-Cola has upped its stake in the UK drinks firm Innocent, who specialize in natural smoothies and is the UK’s…

Optimize Blog April 12, 2010

What's good for the goose.....

As the financial reform debate continues to be held around the world some defenders of the retention of banking status quo cite Canada as a reason why things should…

Optimize Blog April 1, 2010

No news is not good news

We read today that The Times Online plans to charge for access to its site – circa $1.60 per day or $3.20 per week – in an attempt to create a viable revenue…

Optimize Blog March 26, 2010

Talking Turkey

So Turkey is feeling rather hurt by criticism of the alleged failings of its government back in 1915  – when hundreds of thousands, perhaps more than a million,…

Optimize Blog March 20, 2010

Sick as a Parrot

What is it with Bank of America?  Some of you may recall that we’ve commented before on their seemingly random approach to customer service and, yet again,…

Optimize Blog March 12, 2010

Boxing Clever?

However, today we hear of some fantastic lateral thinking – way out of the box – although like many such ideas the implications can be unpalatable. The left…

Optimize Blog March 4, 2010

GM Humming a different tune

From a corporate strategy standpoint it is actually good to see GM taking the tough decisions. With Hummer, as they did with Saab, GM has explored options, come…

Optimize Blog February 25, 2010

Oil in troubled waters

Echoes of 1982 are starting to reverberate around the UN as Britain and Argentina once again raise the ante on sovereignty around the Falkland Islands.

Optimize Blog February 22, 2010

Risky Games?

John Varley, the man at the top at Barclays, has responded to the calls to limit the size of the banks. Mr Varley points out that it is not the size of the bank…

Optimize Blog February 12, 2010

Lean times at Toyota

So what has gone wrong at Toyota?  For the past couple of decades Toyota has been held up as the paragon of quality control and their Lean process has been copied…

Optimize Blog February 4, 2010

The Scrap Trap

With the impending end of the various car scrappage schemes in Europe and other countries of the world, comes the question of what car sales will look like in 2010.…

Optimize Blog January 26, 2010

Freedom, no compromise

Google’s announcement that it is considering pulling out of China raises some interesting questions and no easy answers. Some background – in 2006 when Google…

Optimize Blog January 18, 2010

Banking Madness

In 1953 President Eisenhower suggested that the then Superpowers of the US and Russia put aside some uranium from their respective stockpiles for “the good of…

Optimize Blog January 8, 2010

The Future Starts Here…

Charles F. Kettering once said, “We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there”. As we head into the…

Optimize Blog January 4, 2010

Climate for Change

As we hear again today that police and protestors have clashed at the Copenhagen Summit, it is clear that global warming still arouses passions - although being…

Optimize Blog December 17, 2009

The True Cost of Christmas?

As we battle with each other in Malls and shopping centres to secure those final few Christmas presents for our family and friends it’s probably just worth pausing…

Optimize Blog December 13, 2009

Saving the “General”

Those of you following the Zeitgeist blog will know that we’ve been keeping an eye on General Motors and their attempts to rescue the ailing giant.  The news…

Optimize Blog December 4, 2009

Is Santa Canadian?

As a citizen of the North Pole Santa is probably a little confused about who he should be paying his taxes to.

Optimize Blog November 27, 2009

Do fat smokers make poor consultants?

The latest megabucks lawsuit against the tobacco giant Phillip Morris ($300m which they are going to challenge) reminded me about a guy who was a candidate on one…

Optimize Blog November 24, 2009

Banking on regulation

What then for Britain's status as a financial centre of the world? Will it any longer be able to attract top talent and provide the returns for shareholders which…

Optimize Blog November 16, 2009