COVID-19: Time to Reflect on Our Economic Model

Successive UK Governments have had, at the top of their risk registers, the prospect of a pandemic. Successive UK Governments have completely ignored the prospect of a pandemic – until now.

Unfortunately, as the country experiences its worst crisis since WWII, it is apparent that the consequences will be long felt. The last World War was different in its economic impact. Far from damaging the economy, it reduced unemployment to virtually zero, kept factories and all other workplaces open and came out the other side with measures to control inflation and capitalise…


In these days of electronic everything, using a pen and paper seems somewhat anomalous. However, there is evidence to suggest that going back to pen and paper has a range of benefits.

Personally, I carry a pen and paper, usually a fountain pen and a Moleskine notebook of some sort, all the time. Ironically, I am writing this in one go on a laptop. Usually, I write in a notebook first and then transfer electronically later. A lot of my writing though is done whilst out and about. I prefer to travel light and lugging a laptop or even a…


Is it just me or are phones getting bigger and bigger?

I bought my first mobile phone in 1997, quite some time after the launch of monstrosities like the one above. It was an Ericcson of some description. It made and received calls and texts and little else. The main advantage was that it was truly mobile and could fit comfortably in my jacket pocket. An added bonus was that it was reasonably cheap.

Of course technology has moved on somewhat further now. Today, the likes of Apple, Samsung and Google appear to be having a battle over who can…


Most summers will find me in the Croatian town of Stari Grad (meaning old town) on the beautiful island of Hvar.

The town was founded by Greeks from Paros in c384BC and originally named Faros. The ancient name is remembered each year through the Faros Marathon, a 16km swim starting and ending at the town end of Stari Grad’s four nautical mile long bay.

Within the town there are traces of both Greek and later Roman settlements. But it is what is know as Stari Grad Plain which is the real jewel in the crown. The Plain is an area…


As the 737–400 climbed up and out of Serbian airspace, I turned and raised my glass in another farewell to Belgrade. This time I was armed with a copy of Momo Kapor’s ‘The Magic of Belgrade’. My wife too has a copy. Hers in Serbian, mine in English. Parting gifts from my brother in Law.

Kapor’s Belgrade is as one expects, full of coffee, cabbage, pretty women but no hats! Reading this tome is a bit like déjà vu for a former resident and frequent visitor like me. His people such as keva and the umbrella maker, places such as…


Last evening, 1st March 2019, I had the pleasure of attending the UK’s National Mentoring Awards as a finalist in the business startup category.

It was a fantastic evening hosted by comedian and impersonator Rory Bremner; celebrating mentors from all walks of life from all over the UK. Alas, I didn’t win but the winner of my category was a far more deserving colleague.

The whole evening got me thinking more about what I actually do. Most of my mentees are extremely clever, experienced and skilled in various areas of technology or industry. They’re all trying to bring new ideas…


I recently wrote a condensed version of this on my Linkedin timeline and at the time of writing it had had almost 5,000 views.

There are some very simple ways that you can become more efficient and therefore more productive, without having to work extra long hours. Indeed, working beyond eight hours a day for most people is a recipe for disaster. Becoming overtired, stressed, not eating properly, not sleeping enough; all of these lead to lower levels of productivity which then means you try to work more hours to compensate. …

Simon Paul

Social entrepreneur, business expert, business adviser, writer, theatrical type, photographer and all round good guy. London and the Western Balkans.

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