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Hugo Boss, New Look and now Klana whats next for Permira?

Permira snaps up a 10% slice of highly valued fin-tech start up Klana.

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Whoop and holla?

With an 8% uptick, it looks like the US could be the destination of choice for consultants that are looking for a growth market.

- Andrew




Really? Or is this just a case of throwing ones executive toys out of the pram?

An interesting read – Would this deal mean that the Murdochs have too much control over the British media? 

- Andrew


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Hip festival or grotty bar – what sort of gig do we have?

A lot has been said about the so-called ‘Gig Economy’ recently; issues around flexible working, zero hours’ contracts, minimum wage, workers rights, benefits, inequality…the discussion points are endless – but perhaps that reflects how important an issue it is and how deeply the issue has permeated the modern business (and recruitment) world.

Chris Roebuck, a Leadership Expert at Cass Business School, sums the issue up perfectly in a recent blog and appearance on BBC News:

Fundamentally a balance needs to be found between the positive; ie the flexibility, freedom and greater finances it offers the highly skilled, experienced and qualified – and also the more negative; ie the enforcement of less benefits and lower hours which the less skilled and less qualified often would prefer to avoid.

In this economic reality we now live in, you could argue that a job of any sort is better than none at all and – particularly with regards those less qualified – huge number of jobs are being created entirely because of such an initiative.

I tend to think this is a work in progress.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out…

-          Tariq


Tariq Blog

CTA Results – so what’s next?

Today is D-day for many on the road to achieving a professional tax qualification, with the publication of the CTA results.

So if you’ve had good news and passed – congratulations! You can feel justifiably proud that your  career path is on track. This might mean that you are about to take your first steps as a Manager or equivalent, or perhaps you have been identified as a rising talent in your business.

However, whilst you have the technical skills to undertake your role, do you feel  you  are lacking some of the softer skills required to really make a success of your career? Here are some of the issues that might be playing on your mind:

  • Does your role involve developing business and making connections within your organisation and you aren’t sure how to go about this?
  • Do you attend networking events but feel ill-equipped to make an impact in an effective way?
  • Perhaps you are required to take clients out to breakfast or lunch but are not sure how to handle the etiquette of such occasions whilst having to make small talk.
  •  Perhaps you are required to make presentations to colleagues or clients but lack the confidence to tackle public speaking.
  •  Or perhaps you find it difficult to make your voice heard, or make an impact in meetings.
  • You may not be quite sure how to dress appropriately to reflect your growing status and feel that the impression you make isn’t quite right.

These are but some of the issues that you may be facing as your career progresses, and if not tackled, have the potential to impede your progress.

If this is the case, you might want to consider Coaching to provide you with the skills and expertise to handle the challenges ahead. BLT Executive Coaching run a programme designed especially for you : the BLT FutureTalent programme. The aim is to equip you with the tools to face the challenges unique to this phase of your career.

We will cover areas such as networking, both internally and externally;  business development; creating business connections within your industry; handling conflict; managing the transition from trainee to Manager or equivalent to your industry; plotting a future career path; looking ahead to where the pitfalls might be and developing strategies  to avoid them.

You might feel uncomfortable about discussing some of these issues with your Managers or peers. This is where a Coach can be invaluable, providing a safe and totally confidential space to work through these issues and come up with workable solutions.  I will work with you to establish a way forward and help you to develop  the confidence to overcome any hurdles that might undermine your career progression.

If you would like to discuss BLT’s FutureTalent programme, please contact Liz Watt :



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