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Brexit requires Quicker Smarter Better UK

Why are we always fighting automation, fighting planning, fighting growth? Why does it take so long to make decisions and then get planning approval to make progress?

10 years for a decision on London Airport and still not fully approved and still not through planning expected completion in another 10 years.

In the UK, we cannot get Trade Union agreement to have a train driver close a door. Disruptive Striking and insisting that an additional person is required instead of addressing the basic safety issue identified by the Union and automating. Docklands Railway has run for years fully automated, visit Dubai Airport and you will step into a fully automatic train to move you between terminals. Other trains on the UK network operate driver only. Disruptive strikes should be a thing of the past and should be banned.

The need for Disruptive strike action should be confined to history and replaced with real participation within all levels of a company structure making Trade Unions obsolete.

The Greenbelt is supposed to prevent urban sprawl but does it just squeeze everybody to live in cramped conditions in our towns and cities, ignoring the reality of population growth and the need for new homes. Why are we not building the homes everybody knows are needed?

Are we trying to live in the past? Do we have an unreal memory of the good old days?

CHANGE is coming and coming fast as we leave the EU.

The UK must improve its productivity, that means we all need to work Quicker,Smarter and Better than the rest in everything we do. Companies need to share the rewards of success and growth to its employees at all levels if we are to be successful.

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!.