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With confidence increasing, businesses across the UK are focused on growth. This presents a real opportunity to turn ambition into action – but also demands that companies are primed and prepared for the operational and financial challenges that expansion brings.
Many ambitious leaders are adopting a partnership approach to unlock the value of shared ambition and target sustainable growth. Across this issue of Long View you’ll find examples of this in action, with businesses working closely with suppliers, distributors, colleagues, consultants and mentors to strengthen relationships, glean new insights, and encourage innovation.
It’s clear that time invested in enhancing relationships is well spent. As a bank, it’s something we take seriously. We’re committed to playing a pivotal role in the business community, and to understanding our clients’ sectors, challenges and objectives so that we can help to shape their strategic planning with support that goes beyond tailored finance solutions to encompass valuable insight into mitigating risk and seizing opportunity – at home and overseas.
I hope this issue inspires you to seek out the true potential of all your partnerships. Seek out the true potential of your partnerships. Download Long View today.
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The John Lewis Partnership reported increases in profit, sales and market share in 2013. In a tough market, has collaboration been the key to success?
Cass Business school share the findings of their research into whether the traditional plc is the best model for sustainable long-term growth.
Clodagh O'Reilly, Chair of the Association for Business Psychology, looks at how some of the greatest achievements come from collaborations or partnerships.
CIPD's Jill Miller argues that mentoring is and business coaching is a cost effective and productive approach to talent development and succession planning.
Supply chain expert from Kent Business School, Andrew Fearne, considers barriers to realising increased productivity and profit through collaboration.
Business Growth Fund's (BGF) Chief Executive, Stephen Welton shares how BFG is providing funding and developing partnerships for growth.
Henry Pepperall, discusses Kelway's aggressive growth strategy which has incorporated six acquisitions over the last six years.
Lloyds Bank's Regional Trade Director, Martin Morgan reviews joint ventures and strategic partnerships for overseas growth.
Keith Norman, Head of Education, Lloyds Bank, considers the value of partnerships between academia and industry.
Explore how the University of Sheffield partnered with Boeing to create a world-class partnership between education and industry.
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