Albums of the Year: Number 30-21

Today, we start our top 30 countdown of Albums of the Year.     30.   Hold On To Your Heart    The Xcerts Young Scots, heavily influenced by Springsteen / Petty “US heartland rock”.  Great tunes, big songs, not particularly original but very enjoyable, and they sound ready for stadiums already. 29.   Cool Like You     Blossoms They’ve been labelled “landfill indie” by indie music detractors, but if you listen to the acoustic version of this album you’ll see they basically write classical, tuneful pop songs. A bit more variation compared to their debut, more use of keyboards, and they cemented their position as one of the top UK bands in their genre. 28.   Be More Kind    Frank Turner Rock rather than folk in Mr Turner’s latest incarnation – the usual blend of big choruses and meaningful lyrics. Not his absolute best but still very admirable. 27   Tell Me How You [...]

Risk Overview Webinar – Available to Download Now From riskmethods

Last week we ran a webinar with supply chain risk solution providers riskmethods, titled Understand the Risk Big Picture — It Doesn't Stop at Supplier Risk. If you missed it, you can now listen to it at your leisure – just register here for the link.  In the session, Bill DeMartino (who runs the North American riskmethods business) and I talked about a whole range of risk issues, looking at the different drivers of risk, and also commenting on the outlook for 2019. Without claiming any great crystal-ball-gazing skills, it is not hard to see that risk is going to be in the forefront of many business leaders’ minds, whether it is global trade wars, Brexit, or global warming and extreme weather events that most worry specific businesses. We talked about the need for risk management to run throughout the end-to-end supplier engagement (or “source-to-contract”) process – this can’t be [...]