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Sainsbury’s to lead jobs rise

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Sports Business : Nike posts quarterly loss of $790 m

first_img3% in China as stores reopened there. Rev- enue grew 1% in China when accounting for currency fluctuations.The company grappled with costs asso- ciated with reducing built-up inventory, including wholesale markdowns and fac- tory order cancellations. Product ship- ments to wholesale customers fell 50% during the period. Chief Financial Officer Matthew Friend said the company expects its inventory,which rose 30% in the fourth quarter, to be right-sized by the end of the second quarter.Nike said about 90% of its directly owned stores are now open worldwide, including all of its stores in China.A bright spot for Nike throughout the pandemic has been a rise in digital sales, which analysts say positions the company to emerge strongly from the crisis over the long-term. Nike has aggressively invested in its direct-to-consumer digital platforms in the past few years. Nike India is the sponsors of Indian Cricket Team Kit Cricket By Kunal Dhyani – June 27, 2020 PSL 2021 Qualifier 1 ISL vs MUL LIVE: best way to watch Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans Live Streaming in your country, India, Follow… Cricket YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factory|SponsoredSponsoredMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsored RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sports Business : Nike posts quarterly loss of $790 m NIKE’S 4 Year deal for Indian Jersey with BCCI is worth 370 CroresAccording to the info with InsideSport, Nike had pledged Rs 370 crores to renew the kit sponsorship with the Indian team in 2016. As per the contract Nike pays 87.34 lac per game currently.But due to the current economic downturn and continuously plummeting sales – Nike is not ready to commit the same amounts to BCCI for the next cycle. InsideSport has also reliably learnt from its sources in BCCI, that the brand has already communicated this to the Indian board.That is the reason, BCCI is likely to announce the fresh tenders in case the incumbent fails to match the current offer. TAGSBCCINike global post losesNike Indian CricketNike’s Quarterly results FY20Sports Business SHARE Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey LIVE: Shaqiri doubles Switzerland’s lead after Seferovic opener; Follow Live Updates PSL 2021 Eliminator 1 PES vs KAR LIVE: best way to watch Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings Live Streaming in your country, India, Follow Live update Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore Facebook Twitter WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Nike and Indian cricket team’s jersey has become synonymous over the last 14 years. But Nike who has been the KIT-PARTNER for the Indian cricket since 2006 is unlikely to continue at the current levels of the deal. The current deal for 4 years between BCCI and NIKE is due to end on September 2020. And according to the information available with InsideSport, the brand is unlikely to renew the deal at the existing levels.Also Read : WTC Final Day 3 LIVE Score: Devon Conway smashes fifty; R Ashwin gets Latham- NZ 101/1 (48 ovs)- Follow Live Updates center_img PSL 2021 Playoffs LIVE – How to watch Pakistan Super League Playoffs Live Streaming on your Mobile, Laptop NIKE LOST $790 million in the fourth quarter, as soaring digital sales couldn’t make up for the loss of revenue from shut- tered stores in most of the world.The world’s largest sports apparel maker said Thursday that its revenue fell 38% to $6.31 billion in the three-month period ending May 31.That was well below the $7.26 billion in revenue expected by Wall Street analysts, according to a survey by Zacks. 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ENG-W vs IND-W: Sneh Rana reveals England sledged a lot but we did not pay attention Football Cricket Latest Sports News by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeIPL 2020: Bad news for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Jonny BairstowSuresh Raina issues statement after arrest, says the incident in Mumbai was ‘unintentional’IPL 2020 : Srikanth and fans slams MS Dhoni, says ‘wasted 15 Cr on Jadhav & Chawla’Nike Global post loses of $790Mn– Revenue fell 38% to $6.31 bn in the quarter ending May 31–  Quarterly loss amounted to 51 cents per share – Nike said 90% of its stores in North America, Europe, Latin America were closed during the period The Beaverton, Oregon-based company’s quarterly loss amounted to 51 cents per share. Analysts had expected a profit of 2 cents a share.Nike said 90% of its stores in North America, Europe, Latin America were closed during the period because of the coronavirus pandemic. 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RioZim Limited ( 2013 Annual Report

first_imgRioZim Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about RioZim Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the RioZim Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: RioZim Limited (  2013 annual report.Company ProfileRioZim is an integrated mining and metallurgical company in Zimbabwe with an extensive portfolio of resources in gold, base metals, diamonds, coal and chrome. It mining operations include Renco Gold Mine in Masvingo Province, and Cam & Motor Gold Mine and Empress Nickel Refinery; both in the Mashonaland West Province. RioZim also has interests in Sengwa Colliery (Private) Limited with coal assets in Gokwe North; Murowa Diamonds (Private) Limited with operations in Zvishavane; and Marnatha ferrochrome refinery in Kadoma. RioZim separated from its parent company, Rio Tinto plc, in 2004 to become a wholly-owned Zimbabwean company. Its subsidiaries include RioGold (Private) Limited, RioZim Base Metals (Private) Limited and RioDiamonds (Private) Limited. RioZim Group Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

UK investing: why I’d buy FTSE 100 shares today

first_img Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’! Image source: Getty Images Rupert Hargreaves | Tuesday, 16th February, 2021 Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I believe buying FTSE 100 shares is a great UK investing strategy for the long term. But it’s not just the long term I’m interested in today. I believe a basket of these blue-chip stocks could be the perfect way for me to play the coronavirus recovery boom over the next few years as the world moves on from the pandemic and starts to rebuild. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…FTSE 100 sharesThere are a couple of reasons I would buy FTSE 100 shares over any other investment. These are some of the largest companies in the world, for a start. That means they have certain qualities that smaller businesses might lack.For example, they have larger international footprints, more substantial balance sheets and better access to resources. That’s not to say that small businesses do not have these qualities, many do, but I believe larger enterprises are easier to analyse. Larger businesses also tend to have high-quality management. This usually means they make fewer mistakes, which can be costly for investors. Any UK investing strategy should always use a mix of both small-cap stocks and large FTSE 100 businesses. This will increase the level of diversification across the portfolio. However, such an approach may not be suitable for all investors. Investors with a lower level of risk tolerance, for example, might want to avoid smaller firms altogether.UK investing strategyI believe the sectors that are set to benefit most from the economic recovery after the pandemic are the materials and financial sectors.These sectors have a heavy weighting in the FTSE 100 and UK market in general. Still, I would stick with the blue-chip index for the reasons outlined above. FTSE 100 shares such as mining groups BHP and Rio Tinto, look well placed to benefit from rising commodity prices over the next few years as the world builds back. That said, commodity prices can be highly volatile. Therefore, these businesses are unlikely to see a steady risk-free recovery. There will likely be some bumps along the way. Due to their exposure to the global economy, I would buy them for my portfolio. At the same time, financial businesses such as NatWest and Barclays may benefit from improving investor sentiment. Many UK investing strategies have avoided these companies over the past 12 months due to their exposure to the UK economy. Analysts believed these institutions would suffer from increased loan losses and declining demand if the pandemic caused an economic shock.So far, the impact on these companies has been limited.That’s not to say there won’t be any negative impact at all. If the economy deteriorates further in the months ahead, these lenders will likely suffer. Still, as a way to play the UK economic recovery, I would buy these stocks for my portfolio despite the risks they face.  Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! UK investing: why I’d buy FTSE 100 shares today Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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Breaking traffic news…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGS429Ponkan RoadTraffic AlertsWekiva Parkway Previous articleOpen Mic Night tonightNext articleEscapology Review Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here News from the Wekiva ParkwayBeginning tomorrow, crews are scheduled to intermittently stop traffic on Ponkan Road just west of Plymouth Sorrento Road as part of building the Wekiva Parkway (State Road 429). An off-duty officer will periodically hold up traffic between 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. to allow a large number of trucks hauling dirt to cross the roadway. This operation will run through Friday, February 26, 2016.Electronic message boards will be posted to alert drivers. Bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances could delay or prolong work. Motorists are urged to use caution in the construction area for their safety and that of the work crews.This work is part of the Central Florida Expressway’s $56 million project to build the Wekiva Parkway from where SR 429 ends near US 441 to Ponkan Road. Once completed, the 25-mile parkway will complete Central Florida’s beltway, while helping to protect the natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Women’s basketball shakes off NCAA tournament snub, dominates Prairie View A&M in WNIT opener

first_imgTwitter Colin Post Facebook Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award + posts ReddIt Facebook Colin Post TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Colin Post Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Colin Post Colin Post First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Twitter Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks printGuard Kianna Ray scored a game-high 19 points in the win for TCU. Photo by Heesoo YangReturning to the WNIT for the fifth time in the last six years with a resume capable of an NCAA Tournament bid, TCU women’s basketball used the snub as motivation. “It kinda was like a chip on our shoulders,” centerJordan Moore said.  “Even though we’replaying Prairie View, we still have to go out and work hard and play and provea point: that we are a good enough team to be into the NCAA tournament, but weare also good enough to go win the championship of the WNIT.”This motivation was evident on Thursday as TCU routed Prairie View A&M 72-41 and advanced to the second round for the second consecutive season. All 11 players on the active roster for TCU saw atleast 10 minutes and scored in the blowout. “Those players that don’t usually get to play a lot,and they come off the bench and they do their job,” Moore said.  “That’s just the greatest feeling: to be ableto support them as much as they support us.”Guard Kianna Ray got the Horned Frogs going early, hitting her first two shots from behind the arc on assists from guard Lauren Heard to give TCU an early lead.Tight defense put the Horned Frogs up 12-6 midway through the first quarter, but they failed to make a field goal in the last 4:52 of the period and headed into the second tied with Prairie View A&M 13-13.Looking to open the game up, Moore got going for the Horned Frogs in the second period. The senior punished the Panthers down low, starting the period on her own personal 6-0 run.“I know that my teammates needed me to score,” Moore said. “We got the flow going on offense and defense.”  TCU would end up blowing the game wide open with a 21-3 second quarter scoring advantage to take a 34-16 lead into halftime. The Horned Frogs were playing team basketball, as 13 of their first 14 made field goals had come off of assists.“Keep working inside to shift the defense,” Moore said about the key to the big second quarter. “Make them move. Make them work.”The comfortable lead came in part from suffocating play on the defensive end, with TCU holding Prairie View to 28 percent from the field.  The Big 12’s leader in turnovers forced (17.97 per game), the Horned Frogs totaled 15 takeaways in the first half alone.“It wasn’t so much the on-ball D.  It was the off-ball D,” head coach Raegan Pebley said. “I think there was a collective mindset on that defensive end.”TCU would cruise from there, going up 61-30 at the end of the third quarter. The lead never dipped lower than that in the fourth, reaching as much as 36 at one point.It was a team effort for TCU on Thursday, as all 11 active players played at least 10 minutes. Photo by Heesoo YangCenters Moore and Yummy Morris combined for 24 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Ray added a game-high 19 points on five made three-pointers.“I felt like Ryann [Payne] and Yummy [Morris] got better this week,” Pebley said. “To say that freshman are getting better in March is huge.”The Horned Frogs forced 24 turnovers in the contest, scoring 29 points off of those takeaways. TCU had also outrebounded Prairie View A&M 41-35.“This is that time of year when defense and rebounding have everything to do with the final result,” Pebley said. “The defense: I was proud of that effort today.”Pebley is now 6-0 at home in the WNIT in her head coaching career. The women’s basketball team will be back at home for the second round of the WNIT at 2 p.m. Saturday against UT-Arlington. Linkedin Linkedin Previous articleReview: Netflix’s ‘Triple Frontier’ is ambitious, but softNext articleHoroscope: March 22, 2019 Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athleticslast_img read more

Martin McHugh: home coming debate playing into Mayo’s hands and must stop

first_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – September 4, 2012 WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleMedia,politicians & persuasive groups blamed for distracting Donegal teamNext articleFood Safety Authority briefly closes Letterkenny restuarant News Highland Twitter Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Martin McHugh: home coming debate playing into Mayo’s hands and must stop News Donegal All-Ireland winner Martin McHugh has called for an end to any discussion of a Donegal home coming claiming it is playing in to Mayo’s hands.Donegal play Mayo in the All-Ireland decider later this month – it has been reported that Letterkenny Chamber is calling for a home coming to take place in Letterkenny.The county board issued a statement this evening – it says that the focus should be on match preparation rather than events after the final.That is a view shared by Martin McHugh – he says it is assisting the opposition:[podcast][/podcast] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

17 Philadelphia police officers suspended over social media posts

first_imgBastiaan Slabbers/iStock(PHILADELPHIA) — The Philadelphia police commissioner has suspended 17 officers for 30 days and is moving to fire 14 of them over disturbing social media posts.Police Commissioner Richard Ross made the announcement during a news conference Thursday, attended by Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney and the entire police department’s command staff.The disciplinary action stems from research uncovered by the watchdog group the Plain View Project, which examined more than 3,100 troubling Facebook posts made by 328 active Philadelphia police officers.Ross said an investigation by an outside law firm contracted by the city found that the officers being suspended allegedly made racist and hateful posts.This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Forward thinking

first_imgAccess to the service would remain the same, but an ongoingprogramme of developing partnerships with the workforce would take place toreduce inappropriate attendances. The programme would include presentations tomanagement about OH, highlighting the relationship between work and health, andhow by working together we can help them to manage and control work-relatedill-health. From our customer survey we learnt that people felt weprovided a professional service but they did not really understand what ourmain role within the company was, and could therefore be forgiven for thinkingthat we were in some ways a substitute GP service. They liked having ease ofaccess and not having to make an appointment. Many occupational health professionals promote OH as aservice that will be more use to its employer if it operates proactively ratherthan reactively. If more time were given to staff welfare at work, then lesstime would be needed to deal with the consequences of ill-health1. 1 Position assessment As a nurse working in occupational health for Boots in theEast Midlands, I work as part of a team providing a treatment service to theheadquarters site staff. However, our service is now only accessed by aminority of employees because we chose Managing For Value (MFV) as our tool topromote the OH service. Through MFV we have dramatically reduced inappropriateattendances by re-educating all levels of the workforce. As a result, we areable to direct more of our efforts and skills towards minimising work-relatedill-health. Option 2 – no treatment service It provides the best opportunity to ensure continuingcontact between the service and employees that would not be likely if theservice was removed or restricted. Work-related health problems that couldotherwise go undetected would be treated appropriately and any trends investigated. At this stage, it should be possible to identify thefundamental reasons for the process which are known as the key drivers. Three-tier system Past failings Managing For Value – originally named Value Based Management– is a “systematic approach to managing companies to achieve the governingobjective of maximising wealth creation and shareholder value overtime.”4. It is a management tool to generate the greatest wealth forshareholders, which is how a company’s success is measured. Past attempts at reducing inappropriate attendances hadfailed in several ways: An example of a reactive function is the treatment service.This facility usually comprises of a walk-in surgery which employees can attendwith any health problem. This may be a useful means of detecting work-relatedhealth problems, but the treatment service also attracts less appropriate casessuch as those where the condition is self treatable, or needs the attention ofa GP. It was clear that the service needed to be restructured butmore importantly, occupational health needed to develop active partnershipswith management and employees that would agree the needs of the customer, andmarket OH services. How Boots employed the business principles of MFV to addvalue to its occupational health service. By Sheila Collins A strategic plan is formed and used as the vehicle forimplementing and monitoring value through the key drivers. In addition, the treatment of work accidents would be morecostly for the company if employees had to go to their GP each time, and therewould be less control over accidents if reporting was inadequate. GPs may notalways liaise with occupational health to discuss relevant cases and may evenlose respect for the department as their surgeries become overloaded. 4 McTaggart et al (1994) The value imperative/managing forsuperior shareholder return. MacMillan 1994 Re-educating the workforce MFV: the four-step procedure An appointment system would be encouraged and the hoursrestricted. This would coincide with health promotion activities that aim toeducate management and employees about self care. Occupational health timewould be pre-planned and reactive time would be reduced considerably. Workaccidents and emergencies would always be seen immediately. 2 Options formulation A breakdown of surgery attendances showed that only 20 percent were work related. The other 80 per cent was made up of minor ailments orconditions that should have been treated by a GP. 1 Robinson, M (1997) Proactive Practice Versus RolePerception. Occupational Health vol 49 no. 8 p296-298 The service at that time added value because work-relatedhealth problems were seen that would otherwise not be detected during thenurses’ normal workplace activities, and employees spent less time away fromwork by not having to go elsewhere for treatment. Little value was achieved,however, for OH or the employer, by using qualified nurses to treat nonwork-related problems, particularly where employees could self-treat. Having identified the key drivers, what remains is a shoppinglist of components that can be assessed individually for their value contentand either exploited or revamped accordingly.   We put forward possible options for improving the value ofthe treatment service: Option 4 – disseminate the service into the workplace Forward thinkingOn 1 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today – Placement of the nurses around the site within certainfactories and warehouses for a few hours per day had the opposite effect ofthat hoped for. We had made ourselves even more accessible and therefore onlyencouraged employees to attend with non work-related ailments. It also requiredmore nursing and medical support staff. Lessons had been learnt from these failed attempts, but thefact remained that the quality of the occupational health service was stillbeing jeopardised due to the high demand of customers attending with minorailments. Enter MFV. First we reviewed our current situation within the treatmentservice and the value content of each component. A three-tier system existed: 4 Strategy definition and implementation planningcenter_img – OH devised a leaflet encouraging employees not to attendwith non work-related conditions and distributed it throughout the site. It didnot work. OH had acted in isolation. We only considered what was valuedestroying to us and not to the company. We did not consult with our managersin person to listen to their needs 3 Atwell, C (1999) Yes, We Do Add Value to the Business.Occupational Health vol 51 no. 3 p12 This refers to outsourcing of the service. Again, permittingmore time for proactive work forms value, but an external provider without thesame knowledge of the company and with its own business financial interestscould conflict with the company’s needs. Previous Article Next Article 2 An on-site service to fewer employees based off-sitebut within the Nottingham area. Very few off site personnel attend.Occasionally telephone advice is required. OH nurses believe that reducing minor treatments to allowmore time for minimising work-related ill-health will save money for thecompany2, and improve the health and wellbeing of the workforce. The challengeis to prove this to the employer who is asking OH to demonstrate where they addvalue3.  This looks at all aspects of the current process by breakingit down into its component parts. What is being provided and to whom? How muchdoes it cost? Who benefits? How much time and whose time is needed to run theprocess? During the assessment it is necessary to determine customer perceptionof the process by carrying out surveys, and to benchmark against othercompanies. References Taking action Nursing Adviser time was allocated to run the service butlittle or no control was allowed as an appointment system was not used exceptfor repeat treatments and referrals. Medical support staff were also requiredto work reactively. Since rationalisation began in 1999, the number ofattendances to the treatment service has fallen by 60 per cent. Fifty per centof attendances seen in 1999 were inappropriate, compared with 80 per cent in1997. The greatest value was realised not by changing the service, but byestablishing OH within the company as essential to the business function.   No service available. In this way OH time would becompletely dedicated to proactive work. This adds value because prevention ofill-health at work will reduce costs to the employer. However, value may becomedesolate if employees were to regard the occupational health service asinaccessible and uncaring. There would be a tendency not to report work-relatedhealth concerns. – Predecessors among the nursing staff had promoted a nannyservice. They wanted employees to feel cared for and consequently tended totheir every need. Indeed, OH was a company perk We already knew from past experience that this would notwork. 2 Stokes, B (1997) Occupational Health Nurses – Training andDuties. Croner’s Management of Health Risks. Issue 8 p4 The principles of MFV can be applied to any process,service, task or decision within business however small or large the effect ofthat process. A four-step procedure is used and includes factual informationwhere possible. Assumptions are also made. 3 No treatment service provided to approximately 70,000employees based outside Nottingham and throughout the country. This option showed the greatest potential to implement theoccupational health service key drivers, which are identified as sickness absence,underperformance, staff turnover, ill-health retirement and medico-legal. Moretime would be available for the nurses to be proactive and carry out activitiesthat target the key drivers such as risk assessment and control. 1 An on-site treatment service to approximately 8,000employees at the headquarters site in Nottingham. This is a walk in servicebetween 08.00 and 16.45 Monday to Friday and is staffed by qualified and nonqualified OH nurses. Work related and non work related cases are seen. Firstaid cover is available throughout the site for out of hours incidents MFV is not only a tool but also a philosophy at Boots. Itencompasses a set of principles that are used to approach strategic businessplanning, guide decision making at all levels and identify where value can becreated. “Value” should not be confused with cost. MFV is not drivenby the monetary worth of an idea or service, but by its benefits and how theymight increase the wealth of the company’s shareholders in the long term. Forexample, if a company were to launch a new product, MFV would consider theinitial cost of the launch, but not be constrained by it. All the optionsrelating to cost, alternative products, markets, advertising etc would be investigated,and an eclectic option likely to give the greatest return selected. Option 5 – rationalisation of the current service Value is created by allowing better use of nurses’ time forproactive work and medical support staff time for pre-planning. Employees areencouraged to take more responsibility for their own health, thus reducing thetime they spend away from work. An appointment system also allows management tobe aware of their employees whereabouts. Option 3 – an external OH service provider 3 Options evaluation Employees would recognise the role of OH but still beassured access to health professionals if problems arose. Some employees maycontinue to want the service available to them all day because they can’t ordon’t understand the role of the service. Related posts:No related photos. Leaflets and other health promotion tools that offerself-help advice, one-to-one advice given as people attend and grouppresentations where necessary are also included. Management would be encouragedto make appointments for staff to be seen in OH for non-urgent cases, ratherthan relying on the walk-in route. Under its original name, MVF was created by an Americanconsultancy and engaged by Boots in 1991, being one of the first UK companiesto do so. It was introduced to the company’s occupational health service in1997 and now drives its strategy. MFV principles have been successfully appliedwithin the treatment service which previously attracted a high number ofinappropriate attendances, and compromised preventative care. Option 1 – a restricted treatment service Comments are closed. From the shopping list a component is chosen and assessedfor its value content by using steps 1 and 2. The options for that componentare considered. For example, what would be the consequences of completelyremoving it? Should it be outsourced or would it be better to hand it over tothe business to manage it themselves? The options that capitalise on the keydrivers are chosen. last_img read more

UK retailers ‘optimistic’ for 2015

first_imgUK retailers are ‘optimistic’ about the year ahead, according to a survey by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).The survey showed that 76% of respondents reported that they expected their sales to improve in 2015 compared with 2014 and 67% of retailers said that their investment levels were set to increase and 78% said they were likely to be employing more staff next year. Helen Dickinson, BRC Director General, said: “It’s great to see British retailers optimistic about the coming twelve months. After a number of years battling against strong economic headwinds and shaky consumer confidence, it seems as though retailers are set for some cheer in 2015. ‘’However, given the tentative nature of the recovery in consumer confidence it’s natural that retailers are cautious about the longevity of the upswing we’ve seen recently. It’s also no surprise that the fundamental reform of business rates has come out as top priority for government action. It is an outdated and punitive tax.” When asked to list their top concerns for the year ahead, 68% respondents to the BRC survey said that weak consumer demand worried them most, followed by the continuing pressure of business rates (53%) and weakness in the economy (47%).When asked what changes the government could bring forward to make the UK a better place to do business, a sizable majority of the retailers surveyed (74%) opted for fundamental reform of business rates – proving once again this remains a key concern for the UK’s largest private sector employer.Dickinson added: ‘’We’re delighted that the government has decided to back British retailing by committing to review the business rates system and we look forward to working with government during the course of the review.”last_img read more