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Jobs threat at medical equipment plants in Ayrshire
A medical equipment firm is consulting its employees on plans to close one of its two Ayrshire factories and move more production work to China.
Guardian, formerly BDF Healthcare, makes products for surgical theatres and employs about 120 people at sites in Girvan and Patna.
Parent group, Berendsen PLC, said a consultation had begun on Tuesday and would run for 30 days.
The firm said redundancies were a possible outcome but not definite.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
If The UK Economy Is Doing So Well, Why Does It Feel So Bad? — Bull Market — Medium
( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32163541 ) Certainly in the case of the UK, productivity growth (the ultimate driver of higher living standards) has been exceptionally weak. And even if the UK is an exceptional case, productivity weakness has been widespread globally - as Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member Martin Weale has recently argued. As Karl Whelan has argued, there are reasons to worry that this reflects a longer term trend rather than just a hang-over from the financial crisis. In other words, if we are trying to explain weak growth we may need to pay as much attention to the supply side of the economy as the demand side. [...] Professor Summers, his broader secular stagnation thesis does take into account supply side factors which have reduced the desired rate of investment. [...] the political debate on the economy suffers from an illusion of control. [ gov bonds are no uber productive investments ]
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Steve Jurvetson never sells a share of a company he invests in - YouTube
59m7s >> what if we erase the digital divide ... transforming the pyramid into a conical spike because of winner takes all network effects. .... >> ~30hr work week - Robert Skidelsky, ... contribution to the collective worth society, unpaid. - unconditional living wage/income ... a basic income redistribution. fairness. people that work in low to non-profit companies because of added value to society ... paid by excess profits of X ... we are all in the same boat. we are all interconnected. dependent on each other. +++ http://youtu.be/pDVDWNguPs4?t=1h5m20s // doing more with fewer staff. & practical skills you need in today's workplace, u don't learn at university. Elon Musk, the most important men 4 the future. bc he's swinging big, willing to fail with his ambition(s). attracts similar minds. [down the line come's Bill Gates 2.0, Larry & Sergey, & others that work on sustainability of food and energy.] ADD Larry Page on that topic - http://on.recode.net/1qZC7oZ // vid id Wdnp_7atZ0M
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july 2014 by asterisk2a

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