Mr Marcus McGowan MSc PgDip BA (Hons)

This Business Education Learning Blog is aimed primarily at Higher Business Management students/teachers and ICT students/teachers.

The aim of this blog is to provide you with interesting articles, news, trivia as well as resources or links to materials which will help in your course of study.

I am a Teacher of Business Education and I have written for Education Scotland and BBC Bitesize.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

African aims for a Free Trade Zone

Great news from the continent of Africa. The 1.2 billion people who live there (with the exception of Nigeria who have withdrawn at the last moment) plan to create a Free Trade Zone similar to the EU Single Market. The economic impact and benefits to the diverse and varying countries could signal a shift towards raising the standard of living.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-43458294

 

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Future Transport

http://www.iflscience.com/technology/could-these-gyroscopic-vehicles-be-the-public-transport-of-the-future/

 

Remember the straddling bus from China? Well this may be the next generation of traffic congestion solving transport… and these designs are equally as innovative and impressive, but also perhaps more realistic.

 

Friday, 9 March 2018

Minimum Wage

Wagamama and TGI Friday’s are to be fined after it was found they do not pay their employees the National Minimum Wage:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43332875

 

Think of the implications and consequences for this… bad PR may affect sales.

 

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Lego have made too many bricks!

Lego profits down for the first time in 13 years due to having an excess amount of stock.

 

Basically they have overproduced too many Lego bricks and have had to reduce their prices to clear their stock.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43298897

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Amazon are watching!

Amazon have been granted two patents for wearable tech to be able to help check and guide workers using wristbands. However many people are viewing this an Orwellian surveillance scheme.

 

https://www.truthdig.com/videos/new-amazon-system-track-workers-raises-surveillance-concerns-video/

 

Frederick Winslow Taylor would no doubt approve!

Ryanair to close Glasgow Airport base

Not good news for Glasgow Airport.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-43209126

 

300 jobs expected to go. 11 flights being moved to Edinburgh from Glasgow. Troubling times. Brexit and high Air Passenger Duty to blame. Mind you, last time I checked, Edinburgh was still in Scotland too.

Monday, 26 February 2018

KFC

Remarkable situation at KFC. Surprised they didn’t have assurances in place from their new supplier. McDonald’s et al must be making a few extra sales due to this.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Aerotropolis

 

 

The circular runway idea made me think of an idea that has been going around for a while:

 

Aerotropolis.

 

This is the cool idea that a city should be laid out and planned around its airport. I suppose it is great for new cities that will be built in the Middle East or in the Great Plains of the United States, but the big question is what happens when the city grows and the airport becomes too small for the sprawling metropolis out with its boundaries?

 

Circular Runways?

Perhaps not as crazy an idea as it sounds:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-39284294

 

 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Netflix Profits

Netflix risky change of model from merely owning content to creating original programming has paid off:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38672837

 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

New Silk Route

China to London by Train:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-38659170

 

So it is at last happening… even if just for freight. But I do think the time will come we will be able to travel all the way from London to Beijing by High Speed Rail.

 

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

CBI warn over Brexit

CBI demand ‘barrier free’ trade with the EU, post-Brexit:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/38386548

 

 

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Arnold Palmer and the Marketing of Golf

The story of Arnold Palmer and his college friend Mark McCormack and how it changed golf:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37472934

 

Friday, 16 September 2016

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Monday, 16 May 2016

McDonald's Production Chain

Vlogger Doug Armstrong investigates the production process at McDonald’s to find out about the quality of their beef:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8VBYnByPds

 

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Not so silent running

A novel idea fro a Kickstarter firm to kill two birds with one stone: keeping fit and charging your iPhone:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35810137

 

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Driverless Trucks UK Trial

In the news: driverless trucks will be allowed on British roads.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35820873

 

As well as concerns about safety, this obviously will have long term implications for people employed as drivers, and if successful could be the beginning of the end for bus drivers and taxi drivers too. But will paying customers ever trust a driverless coach or taxi enough to get on? Well I have been on driverless metro trains abroad… though to be fair I probably didn’t realise it until after my journey had been completed!

 

We could be entering a legal minefield as well with the question of who is to be held accountable if something goes wrong not yet decided. Is it the company who provides the service or the software manufacturer?

 

Interesting times ahead.

 

Again with regards to PESTEC, think of all the external factors that will come in to play in the future of automated vehicles.

Seaworld ending Orca breeding

It has taken a while, but SeaWorld are to end its controversial Orca breeding

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-35829477

 

SeaWorld has come under a lot of pressure from protesters and the media after the documentary Blackfish.

 

The EU Referendum

All the information you need about the #EURef

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-32810887

 

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