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JCB reports record-breaking profits

JCB reports record-breaking profits

JCB, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers, has reported record annual revenues and profits for the financial year 2011-2012. Revenues for the Staffordshire-based company rose 37pc to £2.75bn in 2011, whilst earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation reached £355m in comparison with £235m last year. These figures are the

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Think Swedish

Think Swedish

FB Chain started life in Eskilstuna, Sweden in 1870 – but it’s fair to say that when the UK subsidiary opened in 1985, our mindset was initially a lot more Anglo than Swedish. Before I started working for FB my knowledge of Swedish culture was limited to the usual stereotypes

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Are our goals realistic?

Are our goals realistic?

My job involves a lot of travel. Over the last eight weeks, I’ve spent just seven nights at home, but somehow still managed to fit in a family holiday in Cyprus. It was wonderful to spend some quality time with my wife and children and the weather was a huge

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Playing the long game

Playing the long game

On our office wall we have a cartoon of a machine gun salesman trying to sell a gun to a medieval knight heading off to battle with his sword. The knight says that he doesn’t have time to speak with the machine gun salesman as he has a battle to

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Taking stock of the year

Taking stock of the year

The aftermath of Christmas is often a time of reflection. Once the frenzy of present buying, parties and family visits has finally receded, the holidays provide an opportunity to take stock of the year and what we have accomplished. As a business, we are a still few months away from

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