COMMUTE… To Courmayeur, Italy for the 30th anniversary LSH Ski Challenge & Business Forum, which started on Thursday and ends on Sunday. The programme features a choice of giant slalom racing with Eddie the Eagle, or, if you break your leg presumably, business talks on data analytics. The image above is courtesy of Urban Splash national head of commercial lettings, Emily Handslip, heading off for a hard day’s graft. NOT JEALOUS. AT ALL.
DIVERSIFIERS… Gender equality charity Stonewall’s annual publication of the top 100 employers to work for from lesbian, gay, bi and trans perspectives contained a good number of North West companies and organisations. Among them Cheshire West & Chester Council, Cheshire Police and Cheshire Fire – go Cheshire – and Lloyds Banking Group, named number one LGBT employer in the country, law firms Eversheds and Pinsent Masons, The Co-op, KPMG, Liverpool-based housing association Riverside, both University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, and Bury Council. The list is compiled from submissions sent in by the organisations themselves, ranking achievements and work on equality in the workplace, with more than 400 entering this year. The full report is available here.
SLOW TV… Anyone who fell asleep on the sofa to the soporific snowy crunching of the BBC’s Sleigh Ride “slow TV” documentary shown over the past two Christmases, two hours of following a reindeer and its herder walking through arctic Norway’s white landscape, will appreciate the hypnotic power of the genre. This year-in-10-minutes timelapse film of the once-stalled-now-kickstarted Herculanuem Quay on the banks of Mersey has a similar uplifting whilst chillaxing effect. It’s been great to see this landmark site progressing during the past 12 months under Primesite Developments. There is hope for stalled sites everywhere.
LINKEDIN WISDOM… The self-publishing trend on LinkedIn has spawned a new wave of advice and reflection on everything from ‘how I gave up booze for a year and became a sales genius’ to ‘it’s okay for women to swear’. But look hard enough and there are some seriously though-provoking business essays. One from New York real estate chap Dror Poleg caught our eye. ‘What’s killing WeWork’ hypothesises about the chances of someone coming along and ‘doing an Uber’ to the co-working giant. Dror describes how “…new types of competitors are moving into WeWork’s territory: Spacious.com provides 9–5 access to workspaces located in restaurants that are otherwise closed during the day; Breather.com provides on-demand access to small, under-utilized spaces in central locations. Both companies offer a comparable value proposition without owning any property or making significant investment in fit-out. And there are others.” What starts in the US will come here eventually, probably.