Hollicom Digest: 11.07.2017

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Enjoying those hazy, crazy, lazy days of summer? Here’s some interesting reads before you hit the beach: an exclusive interview with Aberdonian Neil Bruce on why no-one minds when a Canadian company buys British; a contentious take on what the Government can do about miserly public sector austerity pay rises; some unusual venues for a weekend Scottish fling; and more views on newspapers v Google and FaceBook. Oh, and go ahead – have another cup of coffee.

Aberdonian Neil Bruce on why no one batted an eyelid when his friendly Canadian company SNC-Lavalin swallowed one of the UK’s brightest infrastructure giants, in the Times (£)

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/past-six-days/2017-07-10/business/ws-atkins-and-the-quiet-2bn-takeover-by-snc-lavalin-bwz2rqkcz

Here’s something to think about: John Ralfe writing in The Times (£) suggests a modest proposal to ease pressure over public sector pay cap – take it out of the state pension.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/past-six-days/2017-07-10/business/it-is-time-to-reveal-cost-of-public-sector-pensions-plqmqvbbv

Fantasising about your holiday? Scotsman has put together a great listicle on the most unusual Airbnbs in Scotland – think castles and caravans in trees.

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/10-of-the-most-unusual-airbnb-rentals-in-scotland-1-4499635

More on the wars between the platform giants and publishers: “There’s a distribution system that gets lots of news out to people. But that system doesn’t provide terms that are going to sustain the business.” From Digiday UK.

https://digiday.com/media/playing-defense-allied-not-news-orgs-face-uphill-battle-duopoly/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=digidaydis&utm_source=uk&utm_content=170711

Ahhhhh – fancy a cuppa joe? Go right ahead…

http://www.insider.co.uk/news/people-who-drink-coffee-could-10773156

 

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