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London - Will you buy your winter coat today? That is precisely the question retailers, analysts, brands and anyone invested in the newly disrupted fashion season is hoping to answer.
From the latest figures on the UK high street and beyond, it appears shoppers are spending less money on clothing. Retail may not have slumped, but sales of fashion and accessories have declined, a full 4 percent in August, with retailers scratching their heads at… Read more
UK – Companies look to hire more staff despite drop in business confidence
Employers say they need to hire more staff to meet demand despite a drop in business confidence after the EU Referendum, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).
The survey of 602 employers also shows that business confidence has weakened month on month since the EU referendum. In August, 34% of respondents said that economic conditions are… Read more
Hundreds of secondary schools are now set to start teaching Mandarin to pupils, as part of the new £10 million Mandarin excellence programme that has been launched.
Intensive lessons have begun as students return to school this week, which will include eight hours of teaching each week for the next four years.
The first wave will see 15 schools beginning the programme, with more to commence over the year. The intention is that by… Read more
It is crucial that the role of supply chain is recognised at board level, according to a white paper produced by Holmes Noble.
In the report it is claimed that outdated supply chain processes are keeping many businesses in a performance cul-de-sac. Supply chain needs to move out of the functional and into a sector fit for purpose in the modern global marketplace.
The paper, co-authored by Holmes Noble’s Head of Practice for Supply Chain… Read more
People First Team China is expanding! We are delighted to welcome James and Rui to Team China to support our valued candidates and clients. Both are bilingual in Mandarin and English and Rui also speaks fluent Cantonese.
Educated in the UK but with a Chinese background, James has extensive business development and relationship building experience, as well as a background in project management and event co-ordination which is proving very useful now that he is… Read more
China has managed to raise the proportion of the population which can speak the national language, Mandarin, but still faces difficulty in remote areas and places where ethnic minorities live, state media said on Tuesday.
As of the end of last year, more than 70 percent of the population could speak Mandarin, compared with 53 percent at the end of the last century, the official China News Service said, citing the education ministry.
The… Read more
We’re delighted to have been celebrating lots of People First anniversaries over the last few weeks…. Congratulations to Taeko (5 years), Matt (10 years), Zoe (6 years), Yaz (11 years), Tsubasa (1 year) and Yumi (13 years). We hope they will be with us for many more years to come!Read more
As part of our CSR programme, we support Action Aid and currently sponsor 2 children – one in Myanmar and one in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We have received an update that Eh Ni’s village in Myanmar received funding for a new bridge to cross the fast flowing river which separates them from the town and useful services. The local midwife explained:-
“Our old bridge was difficult and dangerous to… Read more
I can remember an audience of supply chain professionals left agog a few years ago, as they listened to Spanish academic José Luis Nueno explain how Zara can see an outfit on the catwalk in Paris – and have a version of it on the shelves of its stores 24 hours later.
Of course, that level of performance is exceptional – but even the norm of a few weeks was way ahead of its competitors… Read more
The referendum vote to leave the EU was described as an “earthquake moment” by Road Haulage Association chief Richard Burnett.
But Logistics Manager’s quarterly trends survey found that 81.6 per cent of 320 respondents said they had no plan in that eventuality, despite the fact that 52.2 per cent said that a UK exit would have an impact on their business.
The survey, for the second quarter of 2016, was conducted in the two weeks… Read more