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This week, Director magazine publishes its 60th birthday issue. Founded in 1947, Director is Britain’s oldest national business magazine. In its October issue, it reviews the last 60 years of British business and asks leading commentators such as Charles Handy, Jonathon Porritt and Hamish McRae, to predict the key challenges in areas including leadership, economics and sustainability.

Joanna Higgins, editor, Director commented: “Looking back over the last 60 years of our magazine has shown that history repeats itself. While advancements in technology make 25-year-old editions look outdated, there are many enduring issues, including energy, the skills debate, directors’ pay, corporate governance and the public’s attitude to business.

“What is clear is that while we may believe the last 60 years have been the most dynamic in business history, the next will, as our columnists show, raise the bar even further. Directors throughout the world can look forward to interesting times ahead. Our review in 2067 should make fascinating reading.”

The issue includes comments from: author Hamish McRae on how the developed world isn’t ready to accept a world economy dominated by China and India; Britain’s leading management guru Charles Handy on the importance of philanthropy in economic success; and Jonathon Porritt, who looks optimistically at an exciting period of innovation as we cut carbon out of our lives. Elsewhere there are contributions from Jim Collins on leadership; George Cox on design; Michael Kenward on innovation plus Director regulars John Elkington and Cary Cooper.


The 1940s and 1950s

In 1950 one in 10 new businesses was in the food industry, while other trades attracting newcomers were engineering, building and clothing manufacture.

The 1960s

The June 1969 cover read: “The Labour government…must know that there is now but one service they can perform for the country - and that is to go.”

The 1970s

Of all the questions asked during the 1970s, “What’s wrong with Britain?”. For some struggling UK businesses and CEOs, it was largely a decade to forget.

The 1980s

The 1984 Awards for Excellence are telling: of the winners, only John Egan’s business career survived the decade, with Gerald Ronson of Heron Corporation jailed for taking backhanders.

The 1990s

The 1990s were defined by the internet and the mobile phone. But in 1995, Director still needed to explain how it all worked in a special report on the World Wide Web.

The 2000s

CSR and social enterprises came into their own. In an article in October 2000 then Institute of Business Ethics’ Ken Rushton said: “Becoming socially responsible will simply become a necessity.”

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Stuart Handley
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Tel: 07738 933444

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