Blessing in disguise: was COVID-19 a turning point for the high street?

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Few months ago, people were shopping in the high street, going into the stores to browse for their items. What used to be a normal shopping trip suddenly became a luxury! In March, COVID-19 turned into a pandemic, leaving governments with a single option: Lockdown. This decision couldn’t get any worse for high street retailersRead more

Exploring the Roles of Telemedicine and Telehealth in Managing COVID-19

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The current COVID-19 crisis is a disruptive event that raises important questions regarding healthcare responsiveness during untenable events. Centre for Service Management (CSM) former PhD representative, SBE alumnus and CSM affiliate member, Dr Higor Leite, from Federal University of Technology Paraná in Brazil invited us to join him to investigate the impact of telemedicine andRead more

What is being done to promote Britain’s exporters – and what should be done?

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Huw Edwards and Tien-Der Jerry Han, SBE, and Shan Rambukwella, Derby  After Brexit, supporting Britain’s exporters has become more important. Britain’s share of global exports has been sliding for many years, and we lag behind our main competitors, particularly in goods exports. Faced with barriers to Europe, we may need to find new export markets.  Government reviews its export promotionRead more

Road transport – what’s gone wrong?

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Almost all goods are transported by road. Food, clothes, cars, electronics whether imported via ship/air or home produced, they must eventually hit the road before their final destination – your home. Our road network and transport hubs can be thought of as a vast machine of critical importance to trade and growth in the UK.Read more

Will Brexit Lead to Carmageddon?

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Where did this start? In 1971 Prime Minister Edward Heath took Britain into the Common Market on the back of a demand led reflation. Up until that time the UK had a policy called Competition and Credit Control which restricted the use of hire purchase. To boost the economy, Heath withdrew the policy and unleashedRead more

Why is Tesla selling insurance and what does it mean for drivers?

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In his new blog post for The Conversation, Dr Alex Zarifis considers Tesla selling car insurance and how it is going to have a major impact on most of our lives. “At the same time, insurance is a barrier to many innovations that Tesla is targeting for the future. With the insurance taken care of,Read more

Five things the UK General Election can teach us about Black Friday deals

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Politics and economics have much in common. For a couple of centuries these weighty subjects taught in many a fine University were and, in recent decades, are recognised as a single taught subject – Political Economy – but also share similarities in modelling human interaction and achievements. This a perfect time to highlight the similaritiesRead more

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