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When Napoleon borrowed from economist Adam Smith the phrase “a nation of Shopkeepers” to describe the United Kingdom, he later claimed that it was not intended to be insulting but was in fact a recognition that British power, unlike that of its continental rivals, came not from territories or population, but from commerce. The modern-day...
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So, we are a week into dealing with requests for assistance and forbearance from many of our customers, most of whom are predominantly involved in servicing television and film production and live events. The first request came as a direct result of the early cancellation of equipment bookings when live sports broadcasts started being ‘postponed’....
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Often in business it can be considered more productive to seek forgiveness than to ask permission. This may not be one of those times.  Whilst we all face rapidly evolving circumstances and an uncertain future as a consequence of Coronavirus, first thoughts of business owners and their Finance Directors will often be towards the immediate preservation...
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A fellow was stuck on his rooftop in a flood, praying to God for help. A man in a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.” The stranded fellow shouted back, “No, it’s OK, I’m praying to God and he is going to...
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Last year I wrote that the Battersea-based BSC show was the best show of the year. Fast forward 12 months and it remains a Show that really understands what it’s trying to do. Top-end content production is a growth sector, with the FAANGs confirming their collective commitment to the UK. The Studios, production companies, post-production and rental...
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So Adamantean is three years old, and we cannot hide our surprise at how fast the time has passed. It is a well-established truism that most business failures occur within their first three years of trading. Survive those initial 36 difficult months and you may no longer be considered a ‘Start-Up’. And so, despite the...
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For the first time in a good few years, I’ve left this year’s IBC networkathon with a really positive mindset.  Everything just seemed to work this year. The sun shone, which always helps, and made the decision to remove the tent from the Beach a good one. In previous years, the tent cover created an actual echo...
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Having just returned from a lovely but ‘changeable’ week in Cornwall where the roads were so steep they were almost vertical, and the weather was so bad it was almost horizontal, the impending end of summer holidays is a reminder that Europe’s largest trade show is fast approaching. Amsterdam is a busy place for the...
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