There are manufacturers, retailers, building firms and car dealerships, among others, and the list of Plymouth’s largest firms shows just how diverse the city’s economy is – and how much cash it is generating. The lineup comes from the Western Morning News’ Annual Business Guide, 2019, which contains a chart showing the 150 biggest businesses in Devon and Cornwall. The data for this year's list has been compiled by Annual Business Guide partners PKF Francis Clark and supported by Gallagher, Natwest and Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Skills Hub. For the first time, the Top 150 has been ranked by turnover rather than employee numbers. We have also included companies that are based in the Plymouth travel-to-work area, so that includes South East Cornwall, and those that may be headquartered outside the city but have a Plymouth base or are active in the city. 1 Pennon Group Plc (South West Water, Viridor) Turnover: £1,396,199,936 Employees: 5,014 From tackling … [Read more...] about Ranked: Plymouth’s 50 biggest businesses in 2019
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THE CHIEF of Madhogarh, a picturesque village nestled beneath a 17th-century fortified palace in the heart of Rajasthan, came to Indra Sharma three years ago to ask if she would attend a workshop. “Something about the internet,” Ms Sharma, a 40-year-old child-care worker, recalls. She had no particular interest in this internet thing. But she liked the idea of learning something new, so she went along. She and a handful of women from nearby villages were all given a smartphone and some basic lessons in how to use it. “First we had to learn how to turn it on and off,” says Santosh Sharma (no relation), a 24-year-old schoolteacher from the neighbouring village. Once they had mastered that, they got down to the essentials: “How to take a selfie, WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, how to search.” Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. That was in September 2016, when nobody in the villages had a phone. … [Read more...] about How the world’s poor are discovering leisure online
Neil Clark is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and blogger. He has written for many newspapers and magazines in the UK and other countries including The Guardian, Morning Star, Daily and Sunday Express, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, The Spectator, The Week, and The American Conservative. He is a regular pundit on RT and has also appeared on BBC TV and radio, Sky News, Press TV and the Voice of Russia. He is the co-founder of the Campaign For Public Ownership @PublicOwnership. His award winning blog can be found at www.neilclark66.blogspot.com. He tweets on politics and world affairs @NeilClark66 Germany is being pressurized to act against its own economic interests – and put those of US business first. Wolfgang Kubicki, deputy leader of the opposition Free Democrats (FDP), called last week for the US Ambassador to Germany to be expelled for acting like a “high commissioner of an occupying power.” And it isn’t hyperbole. We're … [Read more...] about 75 years on from D-Day, is it time Germany liberated itself from the US?
Tom Ford has officially been elected as chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). It’s a big get for the designer, who is taking over from Diane von Furstenberg. Women’s Wear Daily reports that reinventing New York Fashion Week, and continuing on with the CFDA’s work of tackling sustainability and diversity, will be top of Ford’s agenda when he assumes the role in June. The CFDA’s mission statement is “to strengthen the impact of American fashion in the global economy”, and it does so by various awards and bursaries aimed towards boosting American designer profiles and giving newer names a boost. Few in the fashion world were surprised at the appointment – Ford has been a giant in the industry for years. As he takes on this major new role, what kind of legacy does he have in the industry? He’s worked at some of the biggest names in fashion… Ford started his fashion career in the US, but soon made the … [Read more...] about As Tom Ford gets a big new fashion role, what’s his legacy in the industry?
Opening the spring statement yesterday, the chancellor spoke of the “cloud of uncertainty hanging over the economy”. He was of course referring to Brexit and he is right that what kind of deal we strike with the European Union will have significant ramifications for the UK economy. But amidst the chaos of the Brexit votes this week, the spring statement was an opportunity for the government to focus on the long-term challenges facing our economy. And climate change and wider environmental breakdown are the greatest threats to the future stability of our economy and society. Here’s why. First, climate change poses risks to the stability of our financial system, future economic activity and productivity as the Bank of England itself has made clear. A recent report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) demonstrated that the consequences of environmental breakdown globally potentially include drought, famine and increased ill health. The increased incidence … [Read more...] about Opinion: Climate change, not Brexit, is the biggest threat to the future of our country – but Theresa May doesn’t care