10 Jan 2012 by Karl Hallam

If you say 2012 to many people their first thought will be of the Olympics. When we won them 7 years ago I think we all imagined that there would be a palpable sense of excitement as we approached the end of 2011, but that was in the days when we were being told the days of boom and bust were gone.

The Games will face a struggle to justify themselves during a year when unemployment looks set to rise and the public sector cuts continue to bite. This is particulalry the case when the legacy of increased participation has not and will not happen. An Olympic boom in grassroots particpation would be big society at its best, but it does increasingly look like BS is being dropped.

As a private sector business, that works with third and public sectors alot, these are tricky times. The new policy environment is one we can help organisations find their way through, but that requires them to think investing it such help is justified when they are losing staff. We need to be able to demonstrate impact too!

2012 can still be a  golden year and we will start laying out diversification plans over the coming weeks ...





your comments

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Reply #3 on : Fri September 27, 2013, 03:26:07
What an idiot. I've been banging on about this for years, since the days when 'Red' Ken Livingstone's London cogotseinn charge was still just a proposition. The user already pays, and has been doing so since someone dreamed up the idea of fuel duty. And not only that by they pay in proportion to their use and the system is self altering to account for the fuel efficiency of the vehicle as well as travelling at peak times (which carries the double penalty of taking longer - cogotseinn is its own disincentive to begin with). Drive an old gas guzzler in the suburban rush hour every day and you'll pay a hell of a lot more than someone who drives a modern common rail diesel off peak on the freeway even if both your annual mileage is exactly the same, and if the latter decides to drive less then the difference will grow. On top of all that it requires no modification to vehicles, cannot be avoided by any means short of stealing petrol, and is incredibly cheap and easy to collect. It's the perfect example of a system that any rational politician would be desperately keen to leave alone, so I can come up with only two reasons why one would change it. First, they're not rational and for al I know may even be bordering on functionally retarded. Second, conceding something works rules out any opportunity to claim the credit for fixing it, which is why politics is so often about creating problems where none existed before. http://sqlrbxsisdf.com [url=http://tduhxmvqe.com]tduhxmvqe[/url] [link=http://tlbkfy.com]tlbkfy[/link]
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Reply #2 on : Thu September 26, 2013, 02:34:12
You are ttlaloy right.The<a href="http://pfpfyqzllm.com"> preepamd</a>, overpaidl, secure workers are to blame.They must be transformed into tireless, industry soldiers and let those that cannot adapt starve!Let us do away with the commie values of guaranteed pay, leaves and 8-hours a day and protections of childhood and motherhood.The worker should devote all his or her waking hours for fulfilling the vision of the creative employer. The worker must be expendable, a living sacrifice to the vision and creativity of the employer. Let him or her be the living, breathing tool of the employer, let him suffice himself or herself to the bare necessities of life and even less.Let the Greek miracle happen, crush the looting classes into a disciplined workforce, let us do away with the commie ideal of society in 2012.Greed is good! Altruism is bad!
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Reply #1 on : Sun September 22, 2013, 05:35:53
I fully agree with most comments made by Mr Megir. The two prrstquieiees he mentions, rule of law and liberalisation of the employment market are without question in my mind absolutely needed. However, even before them, we-Greece needs measures similar to an electroshock, to bring to life again the economy. Mr Megir argues about the situation bb when an entrepreneur plans . bb . In my view this does not happen at all in Greece now. Entrepreneurs and the private sector in general are frozen. Plans for investment opportunities are not being made. Hirings are not taking place. Companies- mainly small- are closing down. Liquidity, which will enable all the above to begin functioning-slowly is totally absent. This is the key question in my mind, to which I would kindly ask Mr Megir to give his view. How does one practically throw liquidity into the system? The answer as far as I can understand comes – if and when they decide so- only through the European Cental Bank. Together with the measures proposed by Mr Megi, at the local levelr. But we need the electoshock first, otherwise the line in the monitor is straight.

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