Episode 40: 18th October 2018

What do you want to be when you grow up? On the face of it this is a simple question to ask a child but in reality it’s a really tricky one to answer. How many of us actually work in the sector or role we dreamed of and perhaps more importantly what jobs will the youth of today be retiring from at the end of their working lives? In the light of a recent ONS (Office of National Statistics) report, we discuss childhood dreams versus reality.

This week Tracy flags up a pilot for the imminent Making Tax Digital for VAT which comes into force in April next year and also tells us about a call for evidence on Tackling Late Payment, issued by the Small Business Commissioners Office. 

Events for the coming month include:

The One Day MBA – London – 28th October 2018

CIPD Merseyside Redundancy Workshop – Liverpool – 30th October 2018

New Business Network – Crewe – 6th November 2018

CIPD Good Work – From Education to Employability – Sefton Park – 22nd November 2018

Our review this week is the Jim Collins book Good To Great. What does it take for ordinary companies to become great and outperform their competitors.

And finally, our business person of note this week is local Woolworths trainee turned millionaire Malcolm Walker. From selling frozen veg on the side to a £1.45billion management buyout in 2001 the road to success for Iceland Frozen Foods was a rocky one. Turning over £2.8billion across 900 company owned stores it’s highly unlikely any of us will get through the festive season without sampling one of their frozen sausage rolls.

Walker makes no bones about who he is and what he has achieved and his no nonsense Yorkshire manner is very much ”speak as you find’, which we quite like.

Our favourite quote from the self made success is ‘People don’t believe me but I can’t read a set of accounts. I have a man who can do that. My job is to have ideas.

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