• Beertalk

    This week has seen the start of the Oktoberfest in Germany and thoughts around the Park House table have turned to beer. The somewhat wet start last weekend in no way dampened enthusiasm for this event which saw around 850,000 beer enthusiasts gather on Day One for the traditional tapping of the first Oktoberfest barrel and those magic words: "O'zapft is!". Many of our students work for companies who rent a tent at the Oktoberfest and their customers can enjoy corporate hospitality over a few litres of beer and some tasty barbequed ox..

  • Table Talk and Euro Chat at Park House:

    What are the news stories that have most impressed guests at Park House this week. Could it be the eighth round of quantitative easing in Japan, the news that business activity in the Eurozone has fallen again and that the so called PMI index has dipped to its lowest level for 3 years , or could it be the latest political disagreement on tax or education between coalition partners here in the UK?

  • Euroblog - Tabletalk

    What is the view of the Eurocrisis as seen from the dining table at Park House? As you may imagine, this is currently a hot topic and dominates our discussions as we enjoy a tender slice of locally shot wild duck, a tasty caper sauce and one or two of those excellent bottles of dark Chilean Merlot, followed by Jeannette's mouth-wateringly delicious meringue and raspberry pudding.

  • Saving The Euro

    Saving the Euro requires action on a huge scale

    It lies with the politicians to convince international markets that the euro is worth saving. Markets, and in particular, speculators, continue to bet against it and the single currency faces potential ruin. Yes; it has got that serious. Nothing short of a series of drastic financial measures from politicians of euro-zone governments is required to avert the crisis, and shore up the euro.

  • What goes around comes around

    What goes around does indeed come around:

    Four hundred years ago, British capital began to flow into India. The East India Company was created and the foundations of the empire were laid.

  • Where does the economy go from here?

    After a nerve-racking month for the economy, there is a likelihood that things could get worse before they get better over the coming months.

    America is running out of ideas for how to give their economy the boost it so desperately needs. In the past couple of years, they have adopted a policy known as “Quantitative Easing” – the process of creating money to buy government bonds and other assets. However, America cannot continually use this approach. If it really worked, they would be giving consideration to doing it a third time in 3 years.

  • Using Business English

    An exercise in learning how to use business English vocabulary appropriately in real-life cases

    Despite innovative designs continuing to differentiate their products from those of their competitors, several months back it was becoming clear that their trading position had deteriorated. One could only foresee difficult trading conditions ahead for them.

    Furthermore, the bank said that their takeover plan of a rival was not viable in the present business climate, and therefore it looked likely that the bankers would withdraw their financial support.

  • European Markets forget the holiday season

    The markets in Europe forgot it was the holiday season

    August is holiday season in Europe. Businesses, and indeed governments, tend to wind down for a month, and employees (those that can still afford to!) slope off to sunnier climes.
    Politicians, particularly, in the European Union countries, have not been able to relax on their summer sojourns this time around. The markets have continued their falls unabated.

  • Corporate Culture

    Here at Parkhouse Training, we come into contact with many individuals who work for global, multi-cultural organisations. Some are already leaders, and others are well on their way to becoming tomorrow’s leaders.

    Each organisation represented will have a corporate culture. That is to say, they will each have a shared set of attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterise the organisation in question, and shape their corporate strategy.

  • E.coli Outbreak

    E.coli outbreak highlights how difficult it is to manage communication on such delicate issues:

    In the space of a few days, the health-conscious German nation has become a crisis zone. It was somewhat reassuring that cucumbers from Spain could be quickly identified as the source of infection. However, in the end, that lead has proved to be false, but has nevertheless had a serious economic impact upon Spanish farmers.