Thursday 22 March 2018

Everybody has won, and all must have prizes

BOTH Davy and Goodbody were claiming victory this week following publication of the annual Thomson Reuters Extel Survey.

Davy was first out of the traps on Wednesday with a press release to tell the world that "Davy has been voted Ireland's No 1 brokerage in the Thomson Reuters Extel Pan-European Survey 2010".

Goodbody put out a release a few hours later claiming the stockbroker had "been awarded the coveted No 1 ranking for Ireland in the overall country rankings of the Annual Thomson Reuters Extel Survey".

It all seems to resemble the scene in 'Alice in Wonderland' where the Dodo tells poor Alice that "everybody has won, and all must have prizes".

Flicking the switch

FORMER television journalist Michael Hastings will also be in Dublin next week to urge office workers to switch off their computers and office lights at night.

The British peer whose full title is Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick is regarded as one of the 100 most influential black people in Britain and holds the interesting position of global head of citizenship and diversity with accountancy firm KPMG.

During his stay in Ireland he will host a private KPMG dinner and a Women's Executive Network breakfast briefing on the savings that sustainable business practice can deliver to businesses. The idea is not as crazy as it sounds -- Chris Tuppen, chief sustainability officer with BT, revealed recently that the company saved £10m (€11.9m) in 18 months simply by monitoring energy use efficiency such as switching off lights and machines and £80m a year on teleconferencing rather than face-to-face meetings.

Perhaps it's time for a few home grown companies to invent similar jobs with similarly fancy titles?

Dry Docks

"LOOK on my works, ye mighty, and despair," could be the unofficial slogan of the 69th Euroconstruct Conference which kicks off in Dublin next week.

Tucked in among all the upbeat talks and economic forecasts will be a 90-minute guided bus tour of the Dublin Docklands where, the programme notes drily, "some reminders of Ireland's burst property bubble are also in evidence" alongside landmark buildings such as the Convention Centre Dublin and the new Daniel Libeskind-designed Grand Canal Theatre.

Should be a fun trip.

Irish Independent

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