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From Dragon’s Blood to Bear’s Grease

Anyone who thinks that January is a sleepy old month would have been well advised to visit the Four Colman Getty offices this month.  Our year has got off to an uber-energetic start with all sorts of projects, old and new.

First off we are working with developer, St George, to launch Trading Words, a public artwork by Gordon Young celebrating the wealth of goods – from dragon’s blood to bear’s grease - imported and exported via the London Docks. Trading Words is at the centre of London Dock, a new development in Wapping where News International was formerly based. A pop-up exhibition on the making of Trading Words opens at London Dock on 23rd February and will make fascinating viewing.

The London Art Fair, a longstanding Four Colman Getty client, proved a huge draw again this year, with both the public and the media.  Another media hit was the publication of Veronica Roth’s latest YA fiction novel Carve the Mark. Veronica’s first novel, Divergent sold an astonishing 35 million copies when she was just 22 so she has a golden future to look forward to.

January also saw the announcement of the longlist and judges for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.  The sixteen novels on the list will be whittled down to a shortlist of six books, to be announced in Algiers in mid-February.  We work closely with the Four Gulf team on this prize and it’s incredibly useful to have them on hand to ensure the announcement is picked up across the Arab world.

The last day of the month sees the publication of an entirely different type of book. The Agility Mindset, a brilliantly readable and important business book, is published this morning, and I hope you will have already heard it talked about on Radio 4’s Today programme.  

For the first time, The Agility Mindset by Fiona Cannon sets out the business case for agile working, moving the debate on from the traditional positioning of flexible working as simply an employee benefit to something that can deliver demonstrable value to an organisation’s bottom-line.  The result of a four year collaboration at the highest level by an alliance of the UK’s leading Chief Executives called the Agile Future Forum, it’s a book every business leader should have to hand.

That’s it for January!  More from me next month!

All best


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