Business Editorials

Here are some sample business-related editorials.

Openness Makes it easier to do business

Taking many eco- nomic commentators by surprise—cer- tainly those in the British tabloid press—one of the stellar European Union performers over the past 12 months has been Romania. With a fourth- quarter gross domestic product boost of 5.2% for 2013, the Eastern European country with its Black Sea coast and border with Ukraine posted an overall 3.5% rise for the year, with a further 2.3% anticipated for 2014.



Privatization Powers Ahead

Would it be the greeks wondered like selling off their national heritage? Or would it be more like entering the 21st century and joining the community of advanced capitalist economies, who are relaxed about foreign ownership of important assets?

In the end, there was little real choice or debate. Saved from the brink of bankruptcy by a heavyweight trio of European and world financial and political powers (the EU, the ECB and the IMF), Greece was effectively told that it had to ease rules on foreign ownership or else.



Partnering Progress, published in The Financial Times

By David Nicholson | Published in The Financial Times

This brought an astonished response from Bernard Rimmer, general manager of construction at Slough Estates. "That's absolutely diabolical," he says. "You are never going to drive out waste without management of the supply chain."



Neelie Kroes Profile, published in European Business magazine

By David Nicholson | Published in European Business magazine

The affair marks the beginning of a sustained crusade by Kroes to crack the power of the monopolistic barons and their political friends, just as Margaret Thatcher brought the unions and the mineworkers to their knees, after they had humiliated a previous Tory government. It took years to achieve, but nobody should underestimate the determination of a woman on a revenge mission.



For-Profit Philanthropy, published in Families in Business magazine

There are certainly pitfalls in this new model - what happens when a for-profit philanthropic organisation makes a large loss, for example? Or if shareholders mutiny against the idea?



Brazil Booms, published in Emirates Business magazine

The economic and political stability that has reigned since Brazil's election of Lula da Silva in 2002 has allowed inflation to fall dramatically, a reduction in black marketeering and informal labour, bringing employees into the tax and benefit system, increasing national wealth and security and raising productivity. An estimated 190m people have been brought into the 'consumer market' for the first time under president da Silva.



Richard Branson Profile, published in Open Road magazine

At one boarding school, he started an affair with the headmaster's pretty 18-year-old daughter Charlotte and one night a teacher spotted him sneaking out of her room. The headmaster expelled him on the spot, but Branson wrote a suicide note, gave it to another pupil and started walking slowly towards some cliffs near the school. Teachers came running after him and the expulsion was taken back.



Chinese toll road for sale, published in The Financial Times

The pitfalls for the unwary include 'leakage' from the toll collection system (some operators insist on a maximum six-week employment term to counter fraud), onerous repair costs and replacement of collection technology, even having to re-lay the entire road because it was built for too light an axle-weight.