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Disrupted or Disrupted

Business & Economics

09 January 2018          Disruptor or the Disrupted        Matt Connolly, CEO and Founder of Tällt Ventures


On a global and local scale, it’s widely recognised ‘disruption’ is taking place. Entire industries are being turned upside down by new, and often well-funded ventures with the ability to quickly scale and rapidly displace long established incumbents. What does this mean for business? And how can we spot the new ventures with the greatest disruptive potential?

BRLSI January 2018.pptx

Sustainable Development in Design

12 December 2017       'Sustainable Development in Design' - Dr Peter Bradley, University of the West of England


Sustainable Development in Design.pptx

The Economics of Schools

Business & Economics

14 November 2017

The Economics of Business

Professor Simon Burgess, University of Bristol

How can we raise attainment? What can we do to improve GCSE scores, especially in disadvantaged communities? Using the tools of economic analysis, Simon Burgess will start by offering a summary of the research evidence. He will then cover in more depth one specific idea for helping to raise the effort and engagement of pupils with their school work.

Please click below if you wish to download a copy of the presentation.

The Economics of Schools.pptx

From Happiness to Anger

10 October 2017      Professor Brit Grosskopf, University of Exeter

'From Happiness to Anger' Why and how emotions drive economic decisions

From Happiness to Anger.pdf

Out of Control? How companies work in practice

12 September 2017              'Out of Control? How companies work in practice                 

                                               Paul Jackson, writer for Investors Chronicle


Presentation Out of Control 11 Sept 17.pdf

Model Pupils, Underachievers and Troublemakers

13 July 2017     Model Pupils, Underachievers and Troublemakers - School Reports for some Economists   Jon Oates, Independent researcher, writer and part-time teaching Fellow

July 2017.pptx

A Different Economic Future


13 June 2017                       'A Different Economic Future'       

Andreas Wasmuht             BRLSI Business & Economics Convenor

Final BRLSI 13062017 a different economic future.pdf

Should a University education be 'free'?

11 April 2017

Professor Michael Otsuka London School of Economics

Of course, somebody must pay for higher education. But should it be provided free of charge to students and funded entirely out of general taxation, as in the case of primary and secondary education?
Should Higher Education Be Free a2 (002).pptx

The 2017 Spring Budget

The 2017 Spring Budget – the Top 10 Summary


Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced his 2017 Spring Budget as a robust budget for ‘robust growth’ amidst Labour’s accusation of ‘utter complacency’.

The top 10 announcements and measures include:


Why Economics must change - the need for a poetic approach

14 February 2017   Why Economics Must Change - the need for a poetic approach - Dr Sebastian Berger, UWE


BRLSI Feb 2017 Poetic Economics.pptx

The Circular Economy

10 January 2017    The Circular Economy  Dr Ben Davies, Bath Spa University
In the space of just a few years, the circular economy has risen from a topic of purely academic interest to becoming a strategic goal for increasing numbers in commercial businesses, third sector organisations and the public sector.
BRSLI Talk_january 2017 The Circular Economy BB.pptx

Portable Antiquities Scheme

Kurt Adams

Finds Liason Officer for Gloucester County Council, & Bristol Museum &Art Gallery.

8 September 2005

Improving Railway Travel

Meeting chaired by Rodney Tye

Mike Greedy

Passenger Link Manager, Passenger Focus

David Redgewell

Transport 2000 (a campaigning group)

30 March 2006

Honours & Awards

Meeting chaired by the convenor Rodney Tye

Ann Tipper

Clerk to Charter Trustees

Christopher Morgan


30 May 2006

The notice for the meeting stated: ‘By custom, outstanding service is rewarded by honours; in the private sector rewards are financial or by promotion. Now honours appear to be for sale, whilst high company payments sometimes seem tainted. Are there remedies?’

Hedge Funds

Meeting chaired by Rodney Tye

John Gordon & Andrew Sheaf

Directors, Cazenove Capital Management

28 November 2005

These leading City Brokers have under management a fund of hedge fund for charities. Very large sums are invested in this sector. Speakers were asked to suggest when charity trustees (like our own) should consider such a step. Should other investors do the same?


Cllr. Siân Dawson

Prospective Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Bath

Cllr. Harriet Ajderian

Prospective Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Bath

30 November 2004

This subject was topical as there had been much recent discussion in the press on the subject of Bureaucracy.

Although dictionary definition speaks of officials following an inflexible routine or authority in a complex structure of administrative bureaux, the meeting did not follow these lines.


29 July 2004

MANAGING WILDLIFE: Seagulls, Badgers, etc.
Robert Randall, Bath Natural History Society; Peter Hancocks, Wildlife Consultant;

Alan Barrett, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Brian Cassidy, The Bath Society

Robin Anderson, Chairman, Charter 88 - Bath.

People on the Move

Dr Roger Cloet, Member, on 29 June 2004

© Roger Cloet, 2004

Dr Cloet has made extensive studies of the movement of people, their reasons and the numerous outcomes in changes of populations. Alongside these movements were internal changes in national populations arising from changing birth-rates, civil wars, political and religious changes and economic influences.

Does Money Grow on Trees?

Richard Graham

European Parliamentary Candidate on Conservative Party list

29 April 2004

The title was chosen to provide a study of the funding of the EU. Ten new countries were joining the Union on 1 May and many of these would be eligible for regional aid. Would this divert funds from existing British recipients, some of which were in the South West?


Cllr. Colin Darracott, Executive Member of B&NES Council & Trustee of BRLSI, on 29 March 2004

Colin Darracott is a Bathonian educated at Beechen Cliff School who was elected to the Council in May 2003. In June he became Executive Member responsible for economic development, property and major projects, and monitoring of Council performance and service plans. He entered politics after 18 years in the oil industry all over the world.

The speaker posed four questions that he proposed to answer as an introduction to the discussion:


Bruce Rowland, Proprietor, Bog Island News, Terrace Walk, Bath,
on 27 November 2003

Two separate aspects of this subject made the discussion topical.

First, the general agreement that retailing played an important and growing role in sustaining the strength of the national economy. Impulse buying was an important part of retailing in this country. Yet there had been a call for a Don’t Buy Day from churchmen, environmentalists and others who pointed out that 20 % of the world’s population consumed 80% of its resources.

Three Debates on 31 July 2003


Peter Hanley

Peter Hanley is a submarine engineer exploring how the engines of economies can benefit from the insight of 30 years electrical, mechanical, nuclear & acoustic experience to unravel more successful patterns of productivity.

The debate revolved around two propositions

1. Should engineers learn more economics (including finance and management)?

2. Should economists learn more about engineering?

Both motions were carried 13 for, 4 against, 4 abstaining & 12 for, 5 against, 4 abstaining


Amanda Wilkinson, Regional Director for SW, Confederation of British Industry, on 30 May 2003

The theme of the discussion was that at world environment conferences national governments complain they have little control over international companies. What is the company viewpoint?


Mr Russ Hewitt, Contact 24, on 31 March 2003

Call centres are a sector of the economy that has grown rapidly in recent years, and about half a million people are employed in this way within the United Kingdom.

The typical call centre may have up to five hundred people working in one large open-plan office. The conventional picture is of each of them sitting at a desk with a telephone and a computer screen. Large concerns like banks have telephone calls routed to the centre, where computer screens give details of customers' accounts, services available, etc.


Elaine Laker, Barrister & Clerk to the Magistrates, Bath; Mike Lloyd, Prison Education Service; Dr Jennifer Scott, Pharmacology Dept., Bath University, on 26 September 2002

The Government have issued a White Paper `Justice for All' proposing changes to the justice system intended to improve conditions for victims and witnesses, speed business in the courts and revise the procedures for some cases, such as those involving fraud. It also suggests intermittent custody (weekends only) and suspended sentences as ways of reducing the prison population.


Cllr. Marian McNeir

Cllr McNeir, a former Mayor of Bath, is organising four new committees, one for each of our twinned towns - Alkmaar, Holland; Aix-en-Provence, France; Braunschweig, Germany; and Kaposvar, Hungary.

The Council has disbanded the official contacts and it is now up to volunteers to maintain the established links. The links were formed in the post-war period. The world is different now, but the links are still valuable in creating and maintaining friendships between the inhabitants of the various towns.

Rodney Tye


Cllr. Jonathan Gay, Independent, Radstock

Both Jonathan Gay and his mother are Independent Councillors on the Bath & North East Somerset Council. They stood at the last election as they did not think the candidates of the Labour Party would serve the ward effectively. Jonathan is also one of the two Trustees of the Institution nominated by the Council.


Mr Morrish voiced the widespread concern at the low turn-out of elections. The government was helping local authorities to carry out pilot studies on electronic and easier postal voting. The system of registration was not easy. Were voters apathetic or disengaged from the present party political system? Young people would vote in enormous numbers in television programmes.