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Big brand bashing

It seems fashionable to bash the big global brands like Amazon, Costa, McDonalds and so on. Regular screams for the castration of their leaders come riding on the back of accusations of tax avoidance and the like.

Rarely do I see any mention of the fact that these businesses employ thousands who pay taxes and spend their money to prop up our economy. No-one wants to mention the benefits that come to their customers in terms of convenience and access. They all provide a service and contribute to the countries that they operate in to some degree, but it is easier for the media, mainstream and social, to bash them. An irony that, especially when you read people using Facebook to do it when that is another of the brands that generates their ire.

A couple of thoughts on this from the perspective of an independent business man. Firstly I would say that about 90% of the meetings that other independents, and small businesses, have asked me to have been in Starbucks, Costa or Cafe Nero and lunches have generally been in KFC, Pret-a-Manger or one of the other big brand fast food outlets. We use them rather than pay for a meeting room at serviced accommodation or an hotel because we only pay for the food and drink. I have even seen job interviews taking place in these places. We use them because they give s what we need and don’t charge too much.

The other thought, here specifically about Amazon, is that a lot of people selling on Amazon are sole traders or small businesses. I fall into the former category and am very happy for Amazon, and for that matter eBay, to give me a global outlet for my wares and an easy way of extracting payment. They might be the scourge of the traditional High Street, but they prop up a lot of smaller traders and provide an entrepreneurial opportunity that was not there fifteen years or so ago.

Bash them if you want to, but they are succeeding because we use them and we do that because they help us to succeed.

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election report 7 May 2010 #ge2010 #sswindon

As promised my final blog on the election.

The trip over to East Anglia yesterday yielded only Tory posters and signs again, and the run to Cheltenham this morning was enlivened by a solitary Labour sign to break up the Tory/Lib Dem monopoly.

The LibDems held Cheltenham as one would have expected, and both Swindon seats were Tory gains from Labour, so a belated poke in the eye for the boundary fiddles of earlier in the Labour term of government.

The overall result is a disappointment for me as I wanted a better turnout and a decisive result. I find it interesting that there is so much bile floating around from Labour quarters. You came second, get over it, you may still end up sort of governing the country.

In my early blogs on the election I made the point that none of the main parties had an attractive enough package (I couldn’t even remember the names of Cameron and Clegg until halfway down the page that day if you recall). The current government have destroyed the country so even a moderately positive alternative should have rolled them over and consigned them to the dustbin if history where they belong. But that didn’t happen.

Let’s face it, John Major’s Conservative government weren’t that bad, (OK there may have been a rotten apple or two, but the current government are riddled with them; they’ve made sleaze an art form), but that grinning goon Tony B Liar and his cronies demolished them, so how come DC couldn’t do the same to the disgraceful shower that they faced? They were just not good enough to get the voters out in sufficient numbers.

Labour have nothing to crow about, losing 20% odd of their MPs and a fair few ministers amongst them. The political map of the UK doesn’t show much red, and the English portion is largely blue, with the LibDems not doing too well either, despite all the ridiculous media hype about their leader.

A sad day for the UK, and that means all of us. Once again we can’t rely on our politicians so we’ll have to look to our business leaders to pull the country round despite the former groups failings. They will, given room to manoeuvre, and anyone who complains about their pay packets… I’ll leave it there.

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