Leaving my local café this morning, the owner asked me if I was ‘fired up’ for the day. As it happens, I was feeling unusually riled, having just read an article criticising Jeff Bezos for his extreme wealth.
If you’ve not caught up with the story, yesterday (27 July) Amazon founder Jeff Bezos briefly overtook Bill Gates to become the world’s richest person when his worth hit $91.4bn (£70 billion). According to Forbes, a sharp rise in Amazon shares meant Mr Bezos’s wealth eclipsed that of the Microsoft co-founder for a brief time. But as Amazon shares fell back, Mr Gates regained the top spot.
When I was growing up, Boots the Chemist was a retail stalwart of the British high street. Every Saturday afternoon, my mum would take me ‘into town,’ and Boots, along with Marks & Spencer and WH Smith made up our itinerary. Before we ended up at the tea rooms for a chocolate éclair…
As a kid, I scoured Boots for birthday and Christmas presents. Occasionally I managed to sneak a quick spray of Chanel No5. I bought my first makeup there. And in my twenties, I started using their iconic Boots No7 range of cleansers and moisturisers. Boots was part of the landscape of my formative years, and my level of brand loyalty was high.
“Brilliant”, “awesome”, “phenomenal,” “the greatest of all time” are just some of the breathless descriptions used to describe the tennis genius that is Roger Federer.
When Federer left Wimbledon last year with a serious knee injury and took six months out for rehabilitation, few people thought he would win another Grand Slam title, let alone a further two (so far) in 2017. Let the record state that I’ve always believed Federer will win 20 Grand Slam titles – although I didn’t think it would take quite so long.
I have long admired Liz Earle MBE, so when the opportunity to hear her speak at the FoundHER Festival, I leapt at the opportunity. Liz co-founded one of my favourite skincare brands, Liz Earle Beauty, which she later sold to Avon for an undisclosed sum. In 2015, the Walgreens Boots Alliance acquired the brand for £140 million.
Liz Earle is a powerhouse. A respected and award-winning authority in the world of beauty, nutrition and well-being for over thirty years, Liz is the bestselling author of more than 30 books. A researcher, writer and television broadcaster, made her name on ITV’s This Morning, and the BBC. Her latest ventures include a quarterly magazine, Liz Earle Wellbeing, and an award-winning range of Fairtrade gold and silver botanical jewellery, Liz Earle Fair and Fine.
The decision to get premises can seem daunting. Without fixed premises, you may feel that your business doesn’t seem as professional as your competitors. Or that customers are less likely to buy if they can’t see your merchandise in person first. Perhaps you’ve got to the point where working from home no longer suits you.
But premises also require a large front payment in the form of a deposit and rent. And monthly rent, rates and utility bills become ongoing overheads for which the business is liable from the outset.
I can think of no better example to illustrate the Law Of Unintended Consequences than the UK’s recent general election. When Theresa May triggered this election, her intention was to win a landslide majority in order to give herself a clear mandate for the hard Brexit she favoured. And to extend the term of her leadership to 2022, well beyond the deadline for the conclusion of highly complex Brexit negotiations.
In light of the outcome, some have described May’s decision to call an election a gamble. Normally when you take a gamble, you consider the full range of possible outcomes. As far as I can determine, there’s no evidence to suggest May contemplated an outcome other than a landslide majority.