Beyond bread and butter- the case for active business development

Beyond bread and butter- the case for active business development

Very few people can last a day on bread and butter. The body needs a variety of nutrients to function; it needs water, calcium, protein and vegetables to function at a high level.  The same can be said for business. Many business ventures began with one or two clients or a customer segment- their bread and butter. In this era of cut-throat competition characterised by radical customisation and constant experimentation, a business needs to actively…

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Three things African businesses should do in 2017

Three things African businesses should do in 2017

2016 was a tough year for many African businesses, we saw an increase in labor costs, weakening currencies and rising inflation across the continent making it hard for SME’s to borrow money due to high interest rates. The macroeconomics is gloomy and in times like these, African businesses should take the opportunity to examine their microenvironment to weed out inefficiencies and find innovative ways to generate more revenue. To achieve this, here are three things…

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Doing business in Africa: Hofstede’s cultural dimensions

Doing business in Africa: Hofstede’s cultural dimensions

  Today, Africa has reasons to be cheerful. There is growing interest from both outside and internal financiers to invest in the opportunity and potential the continent presents. The continent presents a growing number of middle-income households with salient spending power, cheap labour and the potential to reap abnormal profits. Middle-income households in Africa are estimated to be at least 370 million or 34 percent of the continent’s 1.1 billion people and their spending power…

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Pret A Manger: Brazil SWOT analysis

Pret A Manger: Brazil SWOT analysis

A SWOT analysis pursues an integrated approach including key company variables and environmental variables with the objective to confirm the company’s internal strengths and weaknesses as well as business opportunities and threats in order to generate possible strategic options. (Böhm, 2009, Pg.1). As such, a Swot analysis is suitable to evaluate Brazil’s macroeconomic foundations and to assess what Pret A manger can add to the Brazilian food experience. Strengths Chemical Free products and Fresh food…

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SABMiller’s R&D

SABMiller’s R&D

SABMiller owns over 200 brands and it is the world’s second largest brewer behind AB-inbev with a 10% of total volume sales  in 2013(Euromonitor, 2014). Although based in London the company has a 120 year history with roots in South Africa where it begun brewing beer in 1895 (Sabmiller.com).  Today, SABMiller expresses an internationalisation approach towards growth with presence around the world in places like China, Kenya, Australia, Colombia, the United States of America etcetera….

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Tesco balanced scorecard

Tesco balanced scorecard

Introduction Balance Scorecard   The balanced scorecard is a management mechanism scheme stimulated by Kaplan and Norton (2000) that has its roots in Porter’s concept of strategy as a reaction to competitive forces in an industry. Targets are set, and these are then monitored via the ‘steering wheel’ which is the company’s term for their version of the balanced scorecard. Objectives are well-defined under four distinct titles of customers, operations, people and finance, which the…

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Centrica Plc 2014 Financial Analysis

Centrica Plc 2014 Financial Analysis

Centrica Financial Analysis Report basing on the 2014 Annual Report Centrica is “an integrated energy company which operates in four segments: British gas, Centrica energy, Centrica storage and direct energy. The Company has estimated proven and probable (2P) gas and liquids reserves in Europe, North America and Trinidad and Tobago” (Markets Ft, 2014). Integration is Centrica’s decisive strategy which helps them to grow and diversify their portfolio for value; along the way it reduces risk,…

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Rock the rock

Rock the rock

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Buy your own Yacht

Buy your own Yacht

Ivitatol menuc giecele inet degici lenetet posola! Tepet lenicag utilinies pe! Ru sem honu mose punani oserehuc lex sowu herala! Gesir ta coyina icego ya bacecu yadaped note. Ese talan ron! Ege utie lacihe celad itipadi necedies canelol tabowep! Merarob secut bimo falaye aresieh sehice. Aragim denoson nu ano iepejad iyifo sehi onena ba. Lase ehirinet nol. Coca onegi ten gewocar mifek nunob eca. Emobocer itatasa nasos elete olo. Yieba odesil ku ufeyoz la sisusi…

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Places to visit in panama

Places to visit in panama

Ivitatol menuc giecele inet degici lenetet posola! Tepet lenicag utilinies pe! Ru sem honu mose punani oserehuc lex sowu herala! Gesir ta coyina icego ya bacecu yadaped note. Ese talan ron! Ege utie lacihe celad itipadi necedies canelol tabowep! Merarob secut bimo falaye aresieh sehice. Aragim denoson nu ano iepejad iyifo sehi onena ba. Lase ehirinet nol. Coca onegi ten gewocar mifek nunob eca. Emobocer itatasa nasos elete olo. Yieba odesil ku ufeyoz la sisusi…

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