Joe Mellor

Joe Mellor

Head of News & Social Media at The London Economic

Bring Fisher Home

At the High Court on May 13th 2009, Fisher Athletic were wound up. The debts had begun to mound and results hadn't been going their way since a player exodus preceded a thrilling season in which Wayne Burnett’s (current Dagenham & Redbridge manager) missed out on the Conference after losing...

Food For Thought

By Toby James The Illusion Of Choice And Big Business’s Position In Food And Drink There is a lot of money in necessities. The food and drink industry commands vast amounts of capital, yet much of this is under the control of a surprisingly small number of brands. Coca-Cola claims ownership...

Bringing Manufacturing Back to Britain

By Sally Waterston, director of Business and IT Consultancy Waterstons Limited Everything goes in cycles; fashion, the weather, Information Technology and even manufacturing. It feels sometimes as if we are like a pendulum as a country, racing after the next new thing and piling all our hopes on it in...

I battled TB and now I’m in the army

By Simon Richardson Around a year ago, I was in the middle of a gruelling battle against drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), taking a cocktail of drugs with horrific side effects and fighting for my life. If you’d told me then that just over a year later I’d be a fully trained...

10 Tips to Make Tired Skin Look Better

  Dr Barbara Kubicka, MD, CIME/ICAM, MBCAM Aesthetic Physician Too often, dermatologists and non-surgical skin treatment practitioners think in terms of delivering treatments.  It’s simple – a patient asks for botox injections or dermal fillers, you give them some and everybody’s happy – right? Actually, at my skin clinic in...

Become Fitter with a Gym Buddy

By Emma Raw When you think of the top athletes in the world, how do they get ahead? Take a look at the FIFA World Cup teams. These athletes train nearly every day together - they always have a buddy to train with. They have that extra support that keeps...

Tesla’s intellectual gamble

By Guy Dorrell @GuyDorrellEsq Pfizer’s abortive bid to take control of Astra Zenica in May 2014 was widely commented to have been motivated, at least in part, by Research and Development issues. More specifically, Pfizer has for some time relied upon the cash-cows of its existing products; bolstering its share...

Wedding Style Special

By Charlotte Stringer With the wedding season in full swing, fashion experts STYLIGHT have put together the ultimate wedding guide; whether you’re attending the wedding of the year (or planning it!) they have thought of every detail to make sure the day goes off without a hitch. Taking inspiration from...

Women’s Work?

By Rachel Wilson Political Reporter The current cuts to the public sector look set to impact on women the hardest. Women make up the majority of public sector workers and cuts to the sector has pushed women’s unemployment up over the past few years. Women make up 65% of the...

What happens with Brexit?

By Valentina Magri The decision of the European Council to propose Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission was “one step closer to quitting Europe” for Britain. The move made David Cameron feel very angry. Indeed, the PM has promised a referendum in 2017 over EU membership if the...

PR v Marketing at the 2014 World Cup

By Stuart Buchanan, Junior Broadcast Executive at 4mediarelations For the football mad amongst us, Friday 27th June 2014 was a day where we all rubbed our eyes, took stock for the first time in two weeks and, once the haze had cleared, asked ‘Where’s the football gone?’ For football-widows and those just...

A lack of leadership on the left

By Andy Irwin Last weekend’s anti-austerity march in central London organised by The People’s Assembly Against Austerity highlighted the anger of thousands and a lack of leadership on Britain’s disparate left wing. If you were one of the estimated 50,000 people who marched peacefully through London or simply attended the...

Putin’s Orthodox Internationale

By Deiniol Jones Russian Prime Minister Medvedev warned recently of the advent of a new Cold War. His boss, Vladimir Putin, contradicted him. It’s a confusing situation, and the confusion is only compounded when HRH Charles Prince of Wales pops up to make a revealing comment, comparing Vladimir Putin to...

Nurturing entrepreneurial spirit in your children

By Gemma Johnson, CEO, MyFamilyClub.co.uk Ah, the famous ‘entrepreneurial spirit’. For me, it’s one of the most exciting spirits an individual can possess. But what is it, exactly? It’s hard to describe, but you know it when you see it. People with entrepreneurial spirit tend to have irrepressible ambition and desire...

6 Ethical Tips For Your Business

By Daniel Le Grange It can really make a difference when your business establishes meaningful relationships and makes ethical decisions. Whatever decisions your business makes will strongly affect it’s standing, whether it be in a negative or positive light.  Nobody wants to be associated with a company that acts unethically....

Can Andy Murray win Wimbledon again?

By Dave De Winter - Sports Writer Wimbledon – the two weeks of the year where it’s OK to be publicly middle-class; where quaffing copious amounts of Pimms and dressing in a polo shirt and chinos isn’t solely for the purposes of an ironic round of pub golf. With all...

Drawing Conclusions from Ofcom

By Stuart Buchanan, Junior Broadcast Executive at 4mediarelations Today (Wednesday 25th July 2014) Ofcom released the findings of their ‘News consumption in the UK report’, which highlights some key issues on the changing face of news access across Great Britain. Most importantly, across all age groups, ‘Internet/Apps’ have stretched just ahead...

Carney’s Choice

By Simon Bartram Setting interest rates is no easy task. It would be wishful thinking to imagine that every economic effect of every economic action can be perfectly predicted. We're dealing with a multitude of different people with different circumstances, personalities and ambitions – evidently not a subject matter that...

Should Big Business Have A Place In Pharmaceuticals?

By Toby James Last month, American pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer had their ‘final offer’ for their proposed takeover of the British company AstraZeneca rejected. This offered shareholders £24.76 and 1.747 shares for each share they owned, valuing each share at £55 and the company as a whole at £69 billion, yet was...

Michael Jackson: An Alternative Top 10

By Jonathan Hatchman Not dissimilar to the assassination of JFK, it seems that everyone can recall exactly where they were when Michael Jackson was pronounced dead on June 25th 2009. Regardless of personal preferences and stances towards his music, there can be no denying that Jackson was, indeed, one of...

How little knowledge is a dangerous thing

By Guy Dorrell @GuyDorrellEsq Straight out of university, my first career move was to become an Army office. The year-long course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst – where William and Harry attended – was designed to breed the future leaders of the British Army. My first close friend in my...

What could Ronaldo buy with his World Cup salary

By Joe Mellor Deputy Editor The best players are out there in Brazil playing sexy samba football to excite the world. Most of these superstars are paid handsomely by their clubs, but they are also given huge fees to represent their nations, during the month long tournament. Ronaldo, The 29-year...

Top ten George Best Quotes

England are out of the World Cup with a team that doesn't really contain any "characters," James Milner aside, obvs. Pele famously said he believed Best was the greatest player to ever have graced a football pitch, which is similar to Elvis claiming that Tom Jones was his favourite singer. Of...

Mason Jennings at Borderline

By Harry Bedford On a warm summer evening in the centre of London, just a stone’s throw from Covent Garden, you could be forgiven for not wanting to enter the underground cave that is Borderline, but you'd be making a big mistake. Mason Jennings, all the way from Bob Dylan’s...

The Riddle of Erskine Childers

By Guy Dorrell @GuyDorrellEsq With one outburst, Tracey Emin unwittingly created a new art movement. “Your paintings are stuck, you are stuck! Stuck! Stuck! Stuck!” criticised her at-the-time boyfriend, Billy Childish’s view on how art should be. Emin’s art had become about the conceptual; My Bed and Everyone I Have...

Cuba – the last emerging market?

By Phillip Oppenheim Cuba – sexy, sultry, sandy, salsa – and the last frontier of emerging markets? If you don’t count North Korea, that is. Maybe not everyone’s choice of place to do business, but you might be surprised. Following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, the Cubans...

A trip down Diagon Alley

  By James Mackney With the release of J K Rowling’s new novel, published under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, I thought it would be an appropriate to head back and look at the filmic works of the her ever successful Harry Potter series. To date the Harry Potter films...

Gerry Goffin: An Obituary

By Harry Bedford Today we have lost not only one of the greatest pop songwriters, but also one of the most important. Gerry Goffin was the man who put the words to the music of two of the finest melody writers in pop history, his then wife Carole King and...

Frugal Cooking: Method behind the madness

By Jack Peat There's no such thing as a frugal recipe. Indeed, the idea of a recipe negates the very concept of frugality. But there is method behind the madness. Some mothers in Eastern Europe refuse to shop until all reserves in the pantry have been used up. It wasn't...

The promise of ISIS

By Marcus Hunt Iraq is a state composed of at least three separate nations: Sunni Arabs, Shia Arabs and Kurds. Unlike in Eastern Europe in the aftermath of World War I, the Sykes-Picot agreement drew borders that ignored national and religious affiliations. It was a grave mistake to do so,...

Why England will still progress

By Pip Cole  At around 21:40 last night a wave of disappointment swept the nation as Luis Suarez netted the second Uruguay goal, sinking England to its second defeat in as many matches. Italy sussed us out and the Uruguayans managed to contain England's attack while their talisman seized on...

Why international aid is important

By Gregory Taylor On 8th June 2013 the British government made a pledge at the ‘Conference on Nutrition for Growth’ held in London committing £375 million towards feeding some of the poorest people in the world. This was a huge amount of money for the British Government to promise, but...

Cameroon Vs Croatia – An alternative report

By Chris Brown When attempting to prepare a withering summary of a game of football involving an African team, the rhythmic temptation to drift from one cliché to the next is stronger than Heaven 17* in 1982 or New Order in ’87. So I why bother to resist. Objectivity? Pah....

Jeremy Paxman’s Top 5 Newsnight Moments

Best Newsnight Moments from the past 25 years.  Jeremy Paxman has stepped down as presenter of Newsnight after 25 glorious years of expertly intimidating politicians as the people's voice. Leeds-born Paxman has been criticised over the years for being overly aggressive, intimidating and condescending, but in confronting the secretive world of politics...

Your Move Mario

By Valentina Magri Lowered rates were expected, but Mario Draghi made them real. On 5th June 2014, the European Central Bank (ECB) set a 0.15 per cent intervention rate and a minus 0.1 per cent rate on banks’ deposits. But this time, the ECB has taken also unconventional measures to...

Top 20 Gandhi Quotes

We have always lived in a world where humans attack other humans due to religion, power struggles, hatred or a combination of all three.  During these troubled times it feels as if there is anger around every corner, and love and compassion, has been forced to hide in the shadows....

The future of digital recruitment

By Be Kaler of digital recruitment specialists, Futureheads According to a study by digital education company Hyper Island, addressing what digital talent will look like in the years to come, the biggest overall industry challenge is finding, keeping, and developing the right talent. In fact of the 500 business leaders...

Residential parking: Is a postcode lottery ripping you off?

FOI request finds residents can expect to pay anything from nothing to £360 a year.  Following on from the recent news that congestion charges are to increase in London this month, motorists have been hit with another piece of bad news – or perhaps good news, depending on where you...

France Vs Honduras – An alternative match report

By Chris Brown “Tasty”, “Fruity”, “ A proper mad tear-up” – D. Dyer (2004) Honduras take us back to simpler times, when football was played in flickering black and white, when Arsenal’s line was led by Charles “Charlie” Charles (one of the legendary Charles brothers - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4CXY6TVBMc ) and the...

How graduates can score & achieve goals in the job market

By  Sophie Adams Director & Consultant of  Smart Resourcing Solutions Limited Since the recession in 2008/9, every article has emphasised the decline of graduate recruitment, painting a picture almost as depressing as England’s trophy cabinet from the past 40 years. This article does not completely buck that trend.  As of...

A World Cup for who?

By Artur Salles Lisboa de Oliveira The World is likely to get surprised by the attitude of Brazilians toward the World Cup, especially when the games will be held in Brazilian soil. Given the fact that we have five world championships on our belt, soccer is perceived as a stronger driver...

What is online personal training and does it work?

By Scott Laidler Online personal training is a relatively new phenomenon in the fitness world. However, with the recent economic problems, it’s becoming an increasingly popular method of personal training. A big reason for this is that, for a fraction of the cost of training in person, you can hire...

Top Twenty Oscar Wilde Quotes

From award-winning actor to model, Colm Meaney’s latest role will see him pose as Oscar Wilde.  The 61-year-old will portray the famous Irish writer as a sitter for the 2014 Sky Portrait Artist of the Year. Wilde’s writings and quotes are still loved today, so the TLE thought it would...

Getting through urban runs with the help of a running band

The power of music: Keep on running

By Jasmin Prichard Scent is supposed to be the most powerful memory trigger, but for me music is far more evocative. A song can bring back countless memories whether it's the best night you ever had, heartbreak or a momentous festival moment. You hear the first few strings of the...

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