In times gone by, the UK was seen globally as one of the major players in the automotive industry. Jaguar, Mini and Land Rover were rolling out cars for fun. But, then came the ‘super-brands, with acquisitions and mergers becoming a regular occurrence. Germany and Japan began to slowly cement their respective positions as the largest car manufacturing countries in the world. That said though, if it came down to a battle of the nations, who would win?
There's no denying that we are all living in a throwaway society – and it’s time we threw it in the bin, for good. Influenced by consumerism and wanting the newest electronics and more clothes, we don’t even wait for things to break or become worn down before buying more. Back during the Great Depression, the strategy to help the economy get back on its feet was by making products not built to last, so people would buy, and spend, more. Unfortunately, it’s led to an unhealthy climate and plastic pollution across the world — all you have to do is look around to see the effect this is having on our planet. In the tech industry, chemicals used to produce products are making landfills toxic and risking the lives of workers.
There’s no denying that the Coronavirus has resulted in unprecedented changes to the way we work. Similar to how the Second World War revolutionised the workplace by empowering women, Coronavirus could cause a permanent shift towards working from home. To curb the spread of the virus, governments across the world have imposed self-isolation rules, including Singapore forcing businesses to allow staff to work from home or face penalties. Leading tech companies like Google and Microsoft have rolled out free tools to help home workers during this pandemic and hope usage will carry on when the world returns to normal.
Tax is a fact of life. Whether you’re a business accountant dealing with online invoice requests or a customer making a single purchase in a shop, tax is an integral part of our economy that everyone is aware of.
A short-term buzz of excitement is often valued in modern life over an extensive period of long-term gain. Take a meal, or a round of drinks, for example. They are often finished within a matter of hours and forgotten by the time the next occasion rolls around — unless they have been captured by the camera of the annually replaced iPhone.
For companies that provide a service to their customers and clients, it is vital that they go the extra lengths to provide a high-quality experience that is expected from them. Regardless of the type of industry your organisation operates in, your customers are key to its success.