Lets get on with it.

With all of the talk about our negotiations with the EU over our exit terms why do many people not seem to understand that the EU has the controlling voice and has stated very clearly its opening position that we cannot be members of the EU Single Market if we leave the EU (which we have already voted to leave!). If we want access to a market that involves the EU we are going to have to play tough and get out there establishing our own market relationships with the world and see if EU would like to join us. Unfortunately we cannot do this without first leaving the EU, as we could be subject to EU legal penalties.
The EU will not just give-in to the UK, that is very clear, Cameron tried in the past with threats of UK leaving the EU and that did not work, so the message must be lets get on with it.
It will be painful but the longer we talk without making it clear what we are doing the more the financial markets and businesses will act, maybe making it more difficult for the UK to recover in the future.

Good News for Guildford company Petards

10 October 2016

PETARDS GROUP PLC (“Petards” or the “Group”)

Contract Win

Petards, the AIM quoted software developer of advanced security and surveillance systems, announces that it has been awarded a contract to supply Great Western Railway with Petards eyeTrain systems.

The new contract, which is worth approximately £6 million, is for the design, development, supply and installation of eyeTrain systems to be fitted to Class 165 and 166 Diesel Multiple Units (“DMU”) trains. The developed systems add substantial new software driven functionality to Petards’ existing eyeTrain solutions. Engineering development is already underway and will make a contribution to 2016 revenues. This is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2017 when deliveries of the integrated systems will commence with scheduled completion by the end of 2018.

Commenting, Petards Chairman Raschid Abdullah said;

“We are delighted that Petards has been selected by Great Western Railway to work with them on this exciting project which further enhances our position in the rail industry and significantly strengthens the Group’s present order book for delivery in 2017 and 2018.”

Petards Group Press Release 10th October 2016

Is now the time to buy British?

Is now the time to Buy British? The UK is a major buyer of goods and services from the EU and unless we manage to secure a mutually beneficial deal on Brexit we could change our buying decisions.

UK businesses need to have the support of the British public and “Buy British” should now be an important factor in our product selection.

That sounds easy but can you quickly tell which products are produced by British companies? Its not always easy.

As we approach Brexit we all need to start thinking about this.
Who do we bank with?
Who supplies our Energy? Out of the Big Six energy companies only British Gas and SSE are British.
Which cars do we buy?
What food do we eat?

Manufacturers need to start promoting Made in Britain to help us make our buying decisions easier in case – we need to!.

Tackling Austerity

Austerity is the word we hear all the time now. Last year maybe a quarter of a million marched in London to protest against Austerity and many in other cities. But what were these people really protesting about and asking for? Was it the reduction in Welfare payments or cuts in other services? Are people prepared to share the pain?

The EU referendum result and the political changes since were the result of the Austerity program of the government.

Theresa May’s government has a real challenge ahead as we leave the EU and try to make Great Britain a fairer society. Britain needs to be prepared for some “difficult times” ahead as it leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May has said.

I think we all could agree that we cannot continue, either as an individual or a government, to spend more than we earn or, in the case of government, collect in taxes.
We as a country are borrowing a vast amount of money and as every day goes by we borrow more, for the purposes of discussion lets say £274,000,000 every day (£100bn/year).
When you look around the high street, you would not believe the country or the majority of the population were experiencing Austerity or being Austere in their approach.
So how do we solve the problem?
Now there are about 30 million workers in the UK so we could eliminate the borrowing by each paying an additional £12 per day in Tax (£4380/year). Very difficult and unlikely to achieve with average Salary of about £26000 and a large percentage of those 30MM people already receiving some financial support.
Or maybe UK companies could pay an additional Tax on their profits or pay increased salaries which would reduce the financial support required and increase tax revenue (total corporate profits currently running at about £1.100,000,000 per day). This could be achievable and still allow companies to make a reasonable profit but is likely to stem investment and employment.
Of course the other way is simply to reduce spending, again not easy to achieve.
Clearly a combination of the above is required to encourage employment and promote growth and demonstrate fairness to all in society.

None of the above tackles the amount we owe today (£1500BN), it just stops the debt increasing.

Goverment Spending plans for 2016 (copied from http://www.ukpublicrevenue.co.uk/)
Public Pensions                    £155 billion
National Health Care         £135 billion
State Education                     £92 billion
Defence                                     £43 billion
Social Security                    £112 billion
State Protection                   £29 billion
Transport                                 £21 billion
General Government          £14 billion
Other Public Services         £88 billion
Public Sector Interest         £60 billion
Total Spending                    £747 billion

No areas should be “ring fenced” to look for savings, there is waste in all activities and all waste should be eliminated.
Our low pay employment structures do not help, it stifles equipment investment because people are cheap and we buy imported goods because we do not want to invest in manufacturing equipment.
We have allowed major industries to disappear from the UK or ownership and manufacturing to go to offshore.
Our Utilities are owned by foreign companies who are able to charge UK consumers for infrastructure which benefits their manufacturing industries.
Our buildings and houses are owned by Foreigners and Investors which impact housing costs.

We need to get take action now but we need to be Fair whilst we go through the change from a welfare dependant (as George Osborne called it) to salary dependant society.
We should all help eliminate the black economy and identify tax avoidance and only deal with registered companies/tradesmen.
Why not increase Income taxes, so those earning more pay more.
Why not consider an increase in VAT, so people who can afford to buy luxury items pay the extra tax.
As well as tackling the reliance on the welfare system and growing salaries to be seen to be fair to all.

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Post Brexit DOOM

Why is the media full of post Brexit Doom. Since the EU referendum result our relationship with the EU had not changed yet the stock market dropped and the GBP FXrate fell.
Why, the stock market gamblers tried to make a lot of money, the currency traders decided there were opportunities to make more money.
After a few days the stock market gamblers doubled their takings as the market regained its original position.
Now people have realised nothing yet has happened and so now they are starting to forecast doom in the future – another opportunity to make a lot of money for the market guys and the politicians covering their backs!

What we don’t need is talk our way into a problem, we need our business leaders and politicians to present the “half cup full” rather than the “half cup empty” view on the future.
Now is the time to look for those opportunities to change the way we do business and not expect to get business from Europe without a fight.

Fuel Cell Market

Global Fuel Cell Market size was more than 180,010 units for 2015 and is predicted to register more than 24.1% of CAGR by end of 2024. Government support to create hydrogen power stations is predicted to drive the demand for fuel cell technology. Rise in vehicle production by automakers has favorably influenced the industry and acquired focus of international bodies on fuel cell electric vehicles. Further, strict rules promoting zero emission automobiles along with growing public transport is projected to favorably affect global industry growth during forecast timeline.
Fuel cells are preferred over traditional sources of energy due to low carbon emissions and less noise. Normal fuel cell items produce less sound while functioning as compared to traditional sources of energy. Further, stationary fuel cell systems require less space as compared to other sources of clean energy and this have driven the growth of stationary fuel cell market globally. Growing demand for portable power source is predicted to drive industry demand during forecast timeline.

Read full market research report “Fuel Cell Market Size By Application (Stationary, Portable, Transport), By Product (PEMFC, DMFC, SOFC), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S, Canada, Germany, UK, Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Brazil), Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016 – 2024”, please click on the link below:

Fuel Cell Market – Global Industry Analysis Report, Share, Size, Growth, Price Trends and Forecast, 2016 – 2024: Global Market Insights, Inc.

Product Insights

Global industry is segmented into various products like direct methanol fuel cell , solid oxide fuel cell and proton exchange membrane fuel cell. Direct methanol fuel cell segment is predicted to register more than 4.1% of CAGR. These cells find their use in portable power source where energy density and power are more vital than efficacy.

Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) segment is predicted to touch $3.1 billion mark by end of 2024. High level of efficacy, low carbon emissions, elasticity, stability and comparative less price which is predicted to boost the demand for this fuel cell type.

Proton exchange membrane fuel cell produced revenue of more than $2.1 billion for 2015. This product is extensively used in stationary and transportation applications. In addition to this , it also provides high electric efficacy and substantial power to area proportion & is easily accessible across various watts making it a preferable choice in transportation application.

Application Insights

The industry is segmented into various applications like stationary application, portable application and transportation application. Stationary application contributed $2 billion for 2015 and it dominates the application segment due to its environment friendly features and efficacy. It is mainly used as backup power station in hotel, residence, school, commercial building and hospital.

Portable application segment is predicted to register more than 7.1% of CAGR during forecast timeline. Growing demand for portable charger as power source for consumer electronic items like camera, laptop, cell phone, smart phone and iphone are predicted to promote portable fuel cell market trends.

Transportation application segment is predicted to contribute $1.31 billion in terms of revenue by end of 2024 registering a CAGR of more than 22.11% during forecast period. Increase in research & development activities by firms along with growing government support to integrate effective technology in automobiles like truck, car and bus are predicted to promote global fuel cell market outlook in this segment.

Regional Insights

Global industry is segmented into key geographical regions like North America, , Europe, APAC, MEA and Latin America. North American industry produced revenue of more than $891 million for 2015. U.S. contributed maximum revenue to the North America fuel cell market. Regional industry demand is mainly promoted by constant monetary support from DOE (Department of Energy). Further, favorable government policy promoting renewable power to regulate carbon emissions is the key factor stimulating industry growth in the region.

European industry is predicted to register moderate CAGR of more than 3.51%. Commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles along with huge consumer base in region is predicted to promote industry growth during forecast timeline. Drifting highlight towards hydrogen as transportation fuel in countries like Norway and Denmark can supplement the growth of the industry in Europe.

APAC fuel call market share is predicted to grow up to $14.1 billion by end of 2024 registering CAGR of more than 24.1% during forecast timeframe. Strict government norms along with increasing use of hydrogen as fuel in vehicles can positively contribute towards regional industry expansion.

Competitive Insights

Key industry players profiled in the report include Nedstack Fuel Cell Technology, AFC Energy PLC, Aisin Seiki Company Limited, Arcola Energy, Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, Hydrogenics Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, Ballard Power Systems Incorporation, Bloom Energy, Plug Power, UTC Power, SFC Energy AG, Toshiba, Ceres Power Holding, Nuvera Fuel Cells, Arcola Energy and HES Energy Solutions.

Key industry players are using key business strategies like mergers & acquisitions to reduce competition and increase their geographical presence.

Press Release by Global Market Insights, Inc., headquartered in Delaware, U.S., is a global market research and consulting service provider; offering syndicated and custom research reports along with growth consulting services.https://www.gminsights.com/industry-analysis/small-hydropower-market

A New Boost To Cyber Security – Truly Random Numbers

It may not have made the evening news, but computer scientists all over the world are raising their glasses to celebrate a new breakthrough in cyber security. Computer science professor David Zuckerman has developed a way of creating truly random number sequences. In simple terms his method works by taking 2 weakly random sequences of numbers and turns them into a single sequence of numbers that are truly random. In the world of encryption and cybersecurity, this breakthrough could be the start of a whole new level of defence against cyber-attacks.

What Is A Random Number?

By definition, a random number is ‘a number generated by process, whose outcome is unpredictable and which cannot be subsequently reproduced’. At the moment there are 2 main ways of generating random numbers, both of which require a computer programme. In the first method a computer will select numbers from a pre-generated list of strings, which can be discovered with some clever hacking. The second involves using complex algorithms to automatically create a long series of numbers. The problem with these methods is that they both fall short of the ‘true randomness’ mark. Algorithms and pre-generated strings will eventually repeat sequences of numbers, making it easier to decipher, and because computers will follow their programming blindly it is difficult to change this. Zuckerman’s sequence is revolutionary because it starts with sequences of random numbers that are generated weakly, for example stock market prices sampled over time. These numbers in themselves are highly predictable, so won’t be any use for secure encryption. But by sequencing them together in his own way, Zuckerman has managed to create a way of generating truly random numbers that never repeat and aren’t tied to a pattern or computer generation.

Why are Random Numbers Important?

Random number generation is one of the fundamental pillars of encryption, the process that helps us to conceal messages and prevent people from accessing our confidential information. Without encryption we could not send highly sensitive or confidential information without it being available to read to everyone along the way, including criminals and hackers. One of the most common forms of encryption used today is the RSA algorithm. This method requires the factoring of large integers from 2 prime numbers to produce 3 mathematically linked keys, one public and one private. Both of these keys are needed in order to decrypt the message. The private key is always kept secret, and needs to be generated from a source of random numbers to keep the message safe and secure. The problem is that these algorithms can repeat themselves, making it easier for hackers to predict the patterns and decrypt the key. Zuckerman’s new method uses 2 sequences that are only weakly random that is not computationally demanding in order to discover a number that is almost perfectly random. This method is light years ahead of the current means of generating random numbers and could completely change the landscape of secure encryption.

While the breakthrough may have originated in Texas, the effect it will have on the UK market is staggering. Since this article on GoodUKNews was written about the need to keep the UK safe from cyber-attacks, 90% of UK organisations are still reporting security breaches, with online banking fraud increasing by 48% in a single year, and the cyber-attack rate on businesses rising by a staggering 114%. These increased attacks have had a huge impact on the UK business market and have created a need for more secure encryption protocols. If you want to read more about the effect cyber-attack have on UK companies, this whitepaper by Oxford Economics makes a great read. For more information about cyber security and how encryption could protect your business, just click here.

Article provided by Rose-Marie Littleford – Leapfrog Internet Marketing

NHS Questions

Junior Doctors should look carefully at the result of their strike. The NHS did not fall into chaos and hospitals continued to function with the support from all other staff and the public because planned operations were cancelled and people turned away from requesting the NHS services.
Why did this happen and what could be the impact for the future?.

Has the NHS failed to control its workload?

If you can postpone 10,000 operations and appointments then surely you can schedule workload to match available staff.

Why did A&E attendances reduce during the Strike?

Accidents did continue to occur so it suggests that the reduction was caused by “unnecessary” A&E visits.

Now sharp thinking Hospital administrators and accountants will be working on how to take advantage of this information.

We have seen this in the past with many “industries” which enter into the labour strike mentality, the result has been management ask questions how they were able to cope during the strike and what was the impact. People start looking at reducing activity.

Lean thinking creeps in, procedures change, tasks change or are eliminated and maybe jobs eliminated.

Junior doctors may think they cannot be replaced, which is probable true in the short term, but the tasks they are currently asked to do can be changed or eliminated thereby reducing their workload.

This can be good for the NHS and the Junior Doctors, the only people who may be impacted will be the patients.

EU Referendum News

Where do you go to get information about the EU referendum. There is so much conflicting information on the Referendum in the media so I thought I would try to provide a guide to useful sources. The campaigns are “Vote Leave” and “Britain Stronger In Europe“. Both of these sites post supporting statements of their campaign of course, but neither post opposing views to compare positions.

One site that attempts to provide a comparison of the statements made by supporters of each campaign is the BBC Referendum’s Reality Check site.

Open Europe is a site states it is a non-partisan and independent policy think tank. This site publishes its views and reports on some of the leading questions that the UK, whether we stay or exit the EU, need to understand. One such topic is the costs associated with the burden of EU regulation on the UK economy.

ITV News Finding the facts is another site that attempts to compare claims that have been made by each campaign and provide “the truth” behind the major statements.

The Economist also provides A Background Guide to Brexit from the EU providing some historical data.

All of the media,both TV and newspapers, publish daily information which should help you, but unfortunately headline grabbing statements often get the most visibility although may not contain much comparative fact that really help you in making a decision.

What I think you can say with some certainty is that there will be an economic impact if the UK votes to leave. How much of an impact and for how long it impossible to predict. The markets will definitely react, they always do, sometimes in an unpredictable way! There will be an extended period of negotiation whist the details of exit are finalised, this should be complete within 2 years to comply with Article 50 of the treaty, but of course there will be many other negotiations taking place which may not be directly Treaty related.

If you have found a good source of informed information that may help in making a decision, post your comments below.

Brexit decision time approaching

Brexit decision time is approaching and I am still undecided. We need more Prime Time TV discussions on the issues with non political participants giving their opposing views to help us to make a decision. The main issues for me are Sovereignty,Security and The Economy.


Clearly have our elected politians managing and generating our laws, is what I want. The EU with its questionable bureaucracy, Human Right laws etc causes me concern.
A good discussion on this subject can be found at The Question of Sovereignty in the EU Referendum BY MICHAEL JULIEN


My general thoughts are that the EU does not improve our security position. Our border controls need to be maintained (and maybe strengthened) but our global strength comes from our military and security services and our links with the USA and NATO. See UK Security Would Benefit From Brexit BY BRUCE NEWSOME


The impact on the economy will be uncertain due to the negotiations that invariably will have to take place with all potential trading partners around the world and this delay could in the short term(2-5 years) cause a reduction in business activity. There are many areas that will need discussion and re-organising and this could take many years to fully recover. The basic process of exiting should be completed within 2 years. See http://www.lawyersforbritain.org/brexit-process.shtml .

However I have no long term concerns that the UK would not be a global player. I do believe that some short term laws may need to be introduced to prohibit international companies or institutions dumping UK businesses for short term gains.