Hitachi Ltd. President Toshiaki Higashihara said Thursday the company needs to consider joining forces with other players to get its poorly performing nuclear reactor business revived. Hitachi cannot leave its nuclear business floundering, Higashihara told a press conference in Tokyo. "Something like a tie-up with other players should be considered," he said. But he acknowledged that business integration with other domestic makers would not be easy. This is partly because Japan's nuclear reactor manufacturers -- Hitachi, Toshiba Corp. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. -- have respectively forged ties with foreign makers.
Sometimes when we listen to the news and pundits that interpret reports and statistics, our hope or determination can get clouded. This is also true in business, but especially for small business owners. If we watch the news we could get a sense that everything was going wrong and all businesses are in trouble. Unfortunately, this is true for a lot of the big corporations that we all know well, but is it really the same state for increasing small business revenue? The fact is that for the most part small business is striding forward with sales and revenue, even in our current economy, and a Constant Contact study shows this has been true since last year.
Amazon is targeting the multibillion-pound UK business-to-business market by launching a new service that sells office supplies, industrial tools and laboratory kits to companies. The service, called Amazon Business, is the latest example of the US company's dramatic expansion beyond its traditional consumer retail business. Amazon already offers cloud computing services to businesses through Amazon Web Services. The UK online market for business-to-business sales was valued at £96.5bn for 2015 by the Office for National Statistics. Amazon Business will sell more than 100m products and is targeted at small, medium, and large firms.
Colin D Ellis is a project leadership specialist with extensive experience in helping organisations to build teams and create cultures that transform the way that organisations deliver projects. He does this by focusing on the people, not the process. Colin is a leading voice on people-centric project success, is the author of The Conscious Project Leader – a handbook for consistently great project management – and an internationally acclaimed speaker on the need for more leadership in projects. With more than 20 years of project and program management experience in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, Colin has worked with executives and teams across a diversity of sectors including infrastructure, engineering, banking and government agencies.