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  • #46
    Then why hasn't German manufacturing been affected. It certainly is not low cost. If you have a successful private firm in the UK, eventually it is sold to an overseas company. Cadburys is a classic example.
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    • #47
      Originally posted by johnep View Post
      Then why hasn't German manufacturing been affected. It certainly is not low cost. If you have a successful private firm in the UK, eventually it is sold to an overseas company. Cadburys is a classic example.
      johnep
      Hi John its because the German manufacturing base is specialised and in niche field which different to mass manufacturing which is what UK economy was based on. This is one of the reason why USA manufacturing jobs are going because on a cost basis its more economical to produce goods in China than USA. Cadburys is a terrible example to give because it was a publicly listed company owned by shareholders who agreed to the bid by Kraft. At the end of the day if a company came and offered to buy your house 5 times what's it worth and the company was based in USA would you refuse? As essentially that is what happened.

      The only way this deal could have been stopped is if the UK government demanded that takeover by foreign company done only through 100% cash or stock issue not through leverage. This would have stopped the takeover of Boots which has affected the company and its workers.

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      • #48
        I agree with you. Even our specialised companies have gone, eg Rolls Royce and Land Rover. Even worse is how our utilities have been sold off. We were the first country in the world to generate atomic power, now we have to depend on China (a country we still send aid to apparently). France took no notice of the nimbys and has a thriving nuclear industry. Currently the nimbys are working on fracking so we hang on Russia's coat tails for gas. if we had the same laws as in USA where mineral rights belong to the land owner then everyone would want fracking.
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        • #49
          https://www.employeebenefits.co.uk/i...yee-ownership/

          What about this for a pharmacy ownership model?
          47 BC : Julius Cesar : Veni Vidi Vici : I came, I saw I conquered.
          2018 AD : Modern Man : I shopped, I clicked, I collected.
          How times change.

          If you find you have read something that has upset or offended you an anyway please unread it at once.

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          • #50
            "German manufacture is specialised"
            So, dustbins are high tech are they!
            Every home has at least two, so why are'nt manufactured in UK? They would use our plastic waste instead of dumping it in the ocean.
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            • #51
              Originally posted by johnep View Post
              "German manufacture is specialised"
              So, dustbins are high tech are they!
              Every home has at least two, so why are'nt manufactured in UK? They would use our plastic waste instead of dumping it in the ocean.
              johnep
              Hi John you said worked in Industry previously? Then I assume you have some understanding of supply chain?

              In Germany even manufacturing a simple product such as bin requires specialist products and factory equipment and guess what all located in Germany that's the reason why they can make a product like bin and make profit because they can achieve scale at a lower cost compared to good old UK. Since if you want to make a bin in UK you would still need to source all the specialist materials and equipment from Germany resulting in rising costs of making the product and having to charge more than German made bins which means you don't get business or sell at loss to get business. However forgive me if I am wrong but people make products to make money right?

              Thats one of the reason why China is becoming tech capital for manufacturing electrical goods especially Shenzhen over the years they have built the infrastructure to make all sorts of electrical goods which decreased the cost to make a product to the point that making it anywhere outside of China is daft.

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              • #52
                Well, I have to reluctantly agree with you. We sold off our engineering industry starting with machine tools and have lost the ability to innovate the required machinery.
                Best to get out while you can. That is why you need a transportable skill qualification. Medics have this, we don'nt.
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                • #53
                  Originally posted by johnep View Post
                  Well, I have to reluctantly agree with you. We sold off our engineering industry starting with machine tools and have lost the ability to innovate the required machinery.
                  Best to get out while you can. That is why you need a transportable skill qualification. Medics have this, we don'nt.
                  johnep
                  While we are in the EU we do. Just saying. Of course, another language helps, and don't doctors have tom learn another language to be registered in a new country?

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                  • #54
                    When Private Rx was going strong, one of the girls went to France and found inumerable obstacles raised against her becoming accepted. Pharmacy as it is in UK is unique in EU. EU is like pharmacy was in UK 200 years ago ... ie pharmacist only owners not multiples as we know them. Does anyone know of any UK pharmacist getting a job in the EU other than those transferred from the UK branch of a multinational to HO.?
                    I owe my ability to work odd days or weeks to the multiples when I retired from industry. In my younger days, all my locums were with independents and were for a week at a time, apart from regular Saturdays and Sunday rotas.
                    Locum work was scarce in the winter. As for language, well Esperanto never took off and English is the world's second language. Illustrated every day on news interviews. A result of history. Many countries publish an English newspaper. How may in say, Thai, are published in England?
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