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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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

 

Monday, 15 February 2016

Kidzania

Inside the crazy world of Kidzania…

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35531022

 

Where children work and have fun.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Copyright

Kit Kat and their battle to prevent copycat designs.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35374128

 

Google pays Apple $1 billion

Incredible sum of money, but it just shows how important having Apple as a partner is to any technological firm.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35380696

 

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Davos Update: Performance in Business and Sport

Some interesting if not new ideas about performance in business and sport:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35363109

 

World's Richest Football Clubs 2016

This year’s edition of Deloitte's Football Money League:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/35359350

 

Davos Update

Finally revealed! The three best countries to work in for young graduates.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35363111

 

Prelims

Good luck to all the pupils undertaking business prelims on Monday.

 

National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.

 

If you have studied well, and try your best then you will have no doubts after it. You always get out of it what you put in.

UK Car Manufacturing on the rise

Car makers in the UK are celebrating a 10 year high.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35368047

 

Hyperloop

Elon Musk’s dream is now being put to the test:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35361093

 

 

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