Linstock’s Friday Takeaway – 21 October 2016

“The BHS scandal has brought particular attention to the corporate governance of private companies.”

In the News

Good Week: Sadiq Khan
London mayor Sadiq Khan has been ranked as the most influential Asian person in Britain, beating Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafazi, cabinet minister Sajid Javid and Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain. Khan has been noted for breaking the glass ceiling as the first Muslim mayor of a western capital.

Bad Week: Sir Phillip Green
It’s been a series of bad weeks for Sir Phillip Green, who now faces losing his knighthood. Following intense debates in the House of Commons about the collapse of BHS, the amendment to take Green’s knighthood was supported by over 110 MPs. The BHS scandal has brought particular attention to the corporate governance of private companies more broadly, which came under scrutiny during the debate. The business select committee will also be undertaking an inquiry into corporate governance.

Good Week: Safe driving
A pub has introduced a different technique to try and prevent people from drink-driving by offering them incentives and recognising their good behaviour. The new initiative involves rewarding its customers with free food vouchers and giving them thank-you notes in return for leaving their cars parked overnight after an evening of drinking. Customers have taken to social media, sharing the thank-you notes that they received and praising the pub-owner for caring about the issue of drink-driving.

Bad Week: Urban inequality
A new report by the Resolution Foundation thinktank calls for policymakers and local authorities to foster a more inclusive, prosperous environment in their cities. The report entitled, ‘City Living: Devolution and the Living Standards Challenge’, reveals significant variations in economic indicators among cities across the UK. According to the study, differences come from varying employment levels among particular groups including those from black or minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and older people.

Linstock News

Senior Consultant Tom Yazdi wrote for Wonkhe on how cybercrime could affect universities and what plans their communications teams should have in place. Tom provides three crucial steps to cyber preparedness: ‘Universities should take these three steps to cyber preparedness.’

Client News

Our Chance, a national campaign that aims to reduce the risks of stillbirth, neonatal death and maternal death, was launched this week by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. The campaign was featured on BBC, ITV and Channel Five.

Grant Thornton’s new report on financing international students featured in trade publications. Richard Shaw, head of education in the UK and Carol Rudge, partner and global leader of non-for-profit discussed the financial models Higher Education Institutions should use to ensure they are attracting the right students at the right price.

Coming Up

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