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SHORT DEBATES: CONFUSED BY CHOICE?

The speaker wanted less choice, particularly in supermarkets. With an array of different brands for the same type of product she found it confusing rather than helping her to make the best choice. In restaurants also, she preferred a simpler menu rather than one with a long list of different dishes. She applauded the Bath Farmers' Market.

There was a lively discussion but on a vote the majority favoured plenty of choice.

CITY PROSPERITY AND BATH'S HERITAGE ROLE

Abigail Harrap, Project Officer, World Heritage Site Management Plan, and Vaughan Thompson, Policy & Planning Officer, B&NES, on 27 June 2002

What Skills Are Needed For Business?

Robert Gillan, Consultant & Vanessa Williams, Western Training Providers, on 31 May 2002

Mr Gillan's present work involves the professional training of managers in the UK and Europe. His varied career began in the Army, including being a cadet at Sandhurst, followed by working in the world of the Arts.

Sponsorship

Mr Noel Bloomfield, Development & Marketing Manager, Bath Building Society (BIBS)
Mr James Taljaard, Business Manager, Arts & Business (A&B) South West Area

The General Agreement On Trade and Services

Lara Marsh, World Development Movement, on 28 March 2002

A draft agreement has been prepared by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and is supported by many multi-national corporations. The UK, through the EU, is a signatory. The first regulation may come into force for some areas by the end of 2002.

The World Development Movement are opposed to the whole concept in its present form and consider it should be significantly re-drafted.

THE COMPENSATION CULTURE

John Isherwood, Barrister, on 28 February 2002

People are frequently surprised at the magnitude of the sums awarded for damages in court cases. These are most often very large where compensation is being claimed for defamation or personal injury. Mr Isherwood set out to explain how they came to be assessed. He is particularly involved with personal injury cases.

Personality Testing and Graphology

Lawrence Warner, The Personality Assessment Consultancy, on 31 January 2002

Success for individuals and organisations depends upon different traits, one being personality. How can this be assessed during interviews for employment and utilised when team building and managing people.

In his professional work Lawrence Warner uses the analysis of handwriting as one important tool.

THE FUTURE OF THE ROYAL MAIL

Richard Smith, Head of Public Relations, South & West Regions, The Post Office, on 31 May 2001

The speaker summarised the many changes made in his organisation this year:

1. The Post Office is now legally CONSIGNIA plc, with one shareholder the Government.

2. The organisation now works under licence from the Regulator, Mr Graham Corbett, (Postcomm), who has a brief to report on how far the service should be liberalised. He will, in time, be able to issue a licence to others, working outside the monopoly area.

FAMILY FUNDS AND PUBLIC SUPPORT

Professor Andrew Tettenborn, Law Dept., University of Exeter, on 22 February 2001

With a General Election expected within a few weeks, the speaker, who is a prospective parliamentary candidate for the UK Independence Party in Bath, noted that the subject of support for `the family' had been the theme of numerous speeches and press articles. How tax changes could help parents and children was at the centre of political argument, linked with the changes that had occurred in attitudes towards conventional marriage over the course of a generation.

THE BUDGET a stock market view

Sue Whitbread, Stockbroker, Chartwell Asset Management Ltd, Bath, on 22 March 2001

The Budget had been presented on 7 March and, as on so many occasions, opinions on it had changed somewhat after a period of reflection; a newspaper headline : `City grows less convinced by Brown's cry of prudence' providing a typical reaction.

Although only two weeks had elapsed, other major events, such as the foot-and-mouth epidemic in England and the rapid market decline in the USA, were now of more concern to investors.

SHORT DEBATES ON TOPICAL ISSUES

31 July 2001

DOES THE LAW COLLUDE IN DECEPTION?

Roger Cloet

ECONOMICS ECONOMICS OF RACE COURSES AND HORSE RACING

John Baker, Commercial Manager, Bath Race Course, on 29 November 2001.

John Baker's hobby has been racing ever since he won a bet on Red Rum at the age of five. After University, he worked for Wetherby's and Raceform before working on various race courses and coming to Bath when it was taken over last October by Northern Racing Ltd.

PAYING FOR DEMOCRACY

Gail Coleshill, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wansdyke, on 29 October 2000

The speaker was a former Chairman of South Somerset District Council and had worked actively with Paddy Ashdown in his Yeovil constituency.

Two days before the meeting the `Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill' had been introduced into the House of Lords. Under this bill overseas donations to political parties would be banned.

THE ECONOMICS OF MIGRATION

Ian White, former MEP for Bristol, on 24 February 2000

Mr White reflected on his experience within the EU on the Schenigen Agreement, allowing free movement across internal borders, except for Ireland and the UK. He supported the principle but had found that it was subject to Government agreements rather than European law.

INTUITION IN MAKING ECONOMIC DECISIONS

Sue Cawthorne, Consultant, on 23 March 2000

The speaker runs courses and gives guidance to individuals and commercial firms on intuition. Her role is "to give clients the opportunity to get in touch with and trust their intuition and to use it practically in their personal lives."

BUSINESS SUPPORT: COMPARISONS ABROAD

Lucy Marcus, Managing Director, Marcus Venture Consulting Ltd, on 27 April 2000

This company, founded by Lucy Marcus, brings together entrepreneurs and those with finance, to establish enterprises, mostly in the information technology (IT) and computer fields. She works in the UK, the USA, many European countries, Israel and Brazil. In opening her talk she discussed the different styles adopted in the various countries regarding risk taking and the drive to establish a new business. She saw the attitude of nationals of the different countries getting closer to that of the USA.

FINANCING INVENTIONS

Ceris Humphries, Patent Agent, on 27 July 2000

If an inventor wishes to benefit from his invention, he should apply for a patent at the UK Patent Office and, probably, also at the European Patent Office. It may also be necessary to apply in individual countries, especially the USA, depending on where his invention is likely to be sold or used. A UK patent does not protect his invention from being copied in another country.

It is essential that no information about the invention is disclosed to a third party before the

THE ECONOMICS OF JUSTICE

Ashley Fox, Solicitor, and Brain Jones, Mediator with Out of Court Ltd, Bath, on 28 September 2000

The background to this discussion was the 1999 Access to Justice Act, a recent MORI poll that found 49% dissatisfied with the courts, and a consultation exercise being conducted by the Lord Chancellor on financial conditions for funding by the Legal Services Commission

CHARITY FUND-RAISING AS BIG BUSINESS: MISGIVINGS?

Introduced by Justin Macmillan of Christian Aid, on 28 January 1999

This was a well-attended meeting with representatives from other charities, including the British Heart Foundation and Help the Aged.

THE ECONOMIC PROGRAMME OF THE NATURAL LAW PARTY

Introduced by Lynn Royse on 25 February 1999

The speaker had been a candidate for the party at the last General Election. Central to the philosophy and scientific views of party members is the practice of Transcendental Meditation. This stems from the science of Veda, written about in Sanskrit and adopted by the Greeks. Interest in it has been sustained from the 1960s onwards by Maharishi Mahese Yogi.

FUNDING OF THE ARTS IN BATH

Introduced by Karl Jaeger, member, on 25 March 1999

The speaker is Chairman of the Bath Arts Association, which had a `drop in' centre for about

three years, some time ago. He wished to revive this concept.

He hopes to find premises that can be adapted to provide two film / conference facilities, one larger than the other, with raked seating. There would also be a cafe / restaurant / bar; rehearsal rooms and gallery space. A shop selling related objects would provide income. He hopes that such a facility would be used by BRLSI.

The John Lewis partnership: lessons to be learnt?

Introduced by Stacey Stump, Waitrose plc, Bath, on 22 July 1999

There is always interest in the way this prosperous business is run, as the owners are all those working for the Partnership.

The speaker began by outlining the origins of the business. It originated as a family firm, but eventually, John Spedan Lewis, the son of the founder, handed over his shares in two Trust settlements: the first in 1929, the second in 1950. The aim of the Trusts is to achieve `the happiness of employees'.

TOWN CENTRE MANAGEMENT

Introduced by Ceinwen Davies, Town Centre Manager, Radstock, 23 September 1999

Before joining B&NES, the speaker carried out similar duties at two towns in the Midlands.

Town centres, especially Bath, provide many facilities other than shopping, unlike some out-of-town shopping centres, but retailing was the chief subject of this talk.

ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF PLANNING DECISIONS

Introduced by Mike Devereux, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of the West of England, Bristol, on 28 October 1999

As well as lecturing on the subject, the speaker takes part in planning appeals as an adviser. Currently, he is working with Caroline Jackson MEP on a six-country international structure plan covering matters like international airports, road links and regional priorities.

THE SOUTH-WEST OF ENGLAND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

Introduced by Simon Hooton, Head of Policy, on 25 November 1999

On 1 April 1999, England was divided into nine Regions, each with a Development Agency. Each Agency is run by an appointed Chairman who heads an appointed Board of 13 people. They made their first report to John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, who set up the regions, in October, as required.

BUSINESS ETHICS

Introduced by Jill Beavis, Ethical Investment Adviser, Alan Seward Financial Services, Bath, on 8 January 1998

THE REVISED GOVERNMENT PRIVATE FINANCE INITIATIVE

Introduced by Rodney Tye, the Convener, on 12 March 1998

HOW ROBUST ARE OUR INDUSTRIAL AND DOMESTIC SUPPLIES?

Introduced by John Coates on 9 April 1998 with Gordon Hector, Emergency Manager, B&NES

BRISTOL AIRPORT IMPROVEMENTS AND THE REGIONAL ECONOMY

Introduced by Norman Tovey, Asst. Director - Passenger Transport Group KPMG, on 16 May 1998

THE ECONOMICS AND POLITICS OF ECONOMIC AND MONETARY UNION

Introduced by Warwick Lightfoot, Economics Editor of The European, on 9 July 1998

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