Wednesday, August 3, 2016

TheCityUK sets out post-Brexit industry vision for future growth & success

A new report, released today by TheCityUK, sets out a future vision for the UK-based financial and related professional services industry to ensure its long-term growth and success. As an international leader, the industry starts from a strong position.

However, as it becomes more global, competitive and technology fuelled, and with added headwinds from a pending Brexit, the report warns that complacency is not an option. The structural challenges facing the industry must be addressed now and new opportunities created or its competitive advantage, and the continued attractiveness of the UK, could be challenged.

TheCityUK report, UK financial and related professional services: meeting the challenges and delivering opportunities, lays out a comprehensive framework for the industry to deliver innovation, be more resilient and better skilled, identifying five broad areas for focus. Given the importance of the industry to the wider economy, it also makes clear the need for industry to work collaboratively with policymakers and regulators across these areas to bring forward policies that support and drive growth.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Somme, Paris and back to the Somme for a few 1914 veterans

A candidate for duty in Paris from my family - 1914 Mons Star, and bar awarded to "those who served the requisite period under fire" 
In July 1916...  Out of this tense life were suddenly chosen an officer and twenty men to form part of the contingent representing our armies at the French review in Paris on the 14th July. They were chiefly veterans of 1914, and under Captain J. S. N. FitzGerald, then of the 2nd Battalion [Irish Guards], repaired to a bright clean city where a man could hold up his head, walking in unchoked streets between roofed and glazed houses: and the day after the glittering affair was over they returned to their brick-heaps and burrows in the Flanders mire. - Kipling

Monday, February 1, 2016

1916 - With the Irish Guards

Cards marked 1 and 2. - No Postmarks: 1916

"This card shows a company of Germans marching through the town"

"The mayor of the town being taken away by the Germans for the good behaviour of the town"

"The man who took this would have been shot if the Germans had caught him"

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

With the Irish Guards - 30 December 1915

Postmark: 30 December 1915
"Just a P.C. to let you know I am well, hoping you are the same.  Did you go to father's?"

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

21 July 1915 - With the Irish Guards

Army Post Office: 21 July 1915
"Hoping you and Lucy are quite well..."

"Private Henry won the D.C.M. in continuing to throw bombs though twice wounded (the Irish are gifted at hurling things) till he was at last ordered off the field. The enemy replied with everything except rifle-fire and in the darkness of a rainy night “his machine-guns caused some annoyance,” till, after our artillery had failed to find them, the Battalion trench-mortars silenced them and allowed us to finish digging the new trenches and sap." Kipling

Sunday, July 19, 2015

19 July 1915 - With the Irish Guards

Postmark: Field Post Office 19 July 1915
"Thank you for your ever welcome letter"

The first week of July saw them returned to their own old trenches at Cuinchy—the fifty times fought-over line that ran from the La Bassée Canal to within a hundred yards of the La Bassée–Béthune road." Kipling