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Resilience Not Toughness – Award Winning Founder On Redefining Perceptions Of Women In Business
Healthy snack company, Propercorn has come a long way in just six years. Conceived by Cassandra Stavrou and launched in 2011, in partnership with co-founder Ryan Kohn, the business currently turns over £13m a year and its popcorn products can be found on the shelves of some of Britain’s biggest retailers, including, Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury, Boots and WH Smith. And with the company reaping the benefits of an upward trend in healthy snack consumption, Cassandra last year won the ‘New Generation’ category at the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award event in London.
As Stavrou acknowledges, the award was recognition not only of her personal achievement as a woman in business but also the success of the company as a whole and the contribution of each member of the team, including…
Tourist industry worldwide shows resilience to terror
Terrorism’s impact on tourism is well documented but what is less known is the remarkable capacity for recovery shown by many affected countries.
The threat of extremist violence against holidaymakers and other travellers is widespread with few areas of the world wholly untouched by actual attacks or perceptions of insecurity.
Western foreign ministries, which publish regularly updated advice for citizens planning to travel, often opt for caution. There are warnings of risks even in destinations with little or no history of terrorist attacks.
For countries that have witnessed atrocities, the official guidance can seem alarming.
In economic terms, the importance of a robust tourism sector is highlighted by statistics from the London-based industry forum, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
The 2017 WTTC report shows the sector generating US$7.6 trillion (DH29.9 trillion) for the global GDP and 292 million jobs – equivalent to 10 per cent of all employment – in 2016.
“Despite the ever-increasing and unpredictable shocks from terrorist attacks and political instability, to health pandemics and natural disasters, travel and tourism continued to show its resilience,” says David Scowsill, who recently completed a six-year stint as the council’s president and chief executive…
Dutch Saint Martin’s leader quits over Hurricane Irma aid controversy
Dutch Saint Martin’s Prime Minister William Marlin on Friday announced his resignation amid a political spat with the Netherlands over the terms of hundreds of millions of euros in relief aid, according to Dutch media reports.
Despite pressure from the Dutch government and two votes of no confidence in Saint Martin’s parliament, Marlin had refused to step down, accusing The Hague of orchestrating a “political conspiracy” to oust him.
Since Hurricane Irma swept across the island in September, devastating some 70 percent of infrastructure on the Dutch side, Marlin has refused to agree on conditions proposed by the Dutch government to release some 550 million euros ($656 million) in aid.
The conditions aimed to safeguard the funds, including requiring the government to setup a monitoring system to oversee the monetary flow and implement anti-corruption measures…