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Posts written in April 2015

BrewDog brings craft beer (and capitalism) to the masses

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Are you a punk? Are you passionate about craft beer? Are you cool with the risks of investing in a company that “started as 2 humans and 1 dog”? If you answered Yes to these questions, Brewdog has a business proposition for you. And it comes with free beer. BrewDog is one of the UK’s most successful craft breweries. James Watt and Martin Dickie began the company in 2007 using personal savings and bank loans, and second-hand equipment. Initially, their beers were bottled by hand and sold at local markets…. Read more

Spieth Masters win great news for Under Armour

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Jordan Spieth’s record-laden charge to Masters victory has made front and back page news and Under Armour is basking in the 21 year old Texan’s reflective glory. On his way to a joint tournament record 18 under par, Spieth broke record after record: best 36 and 54 hole scores in Masters history; most birdies ever recorded at one Masters; only man to ever reach 19 under par at The Masters; first wire-to-wire winner since 1976. The list goes on. If Spieth was the happiest man in the US on Sunday… Read more

Shell to Acquire BG

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Royal Dutch Shell is to buy BG Group in one of the largest energy company acquisitions seen in a decade. The deal is worth £47 billion ($77 billion), representing a 50% premium on BG’s share price as of 7 April 2015, and the combined entity will be the largest company in the FTSE 100. Shell is a vertically-integrated company, whose operations range from exploration and production of oil and natural gas, refining, petrochemical production, and marketing of fuels and other products. BG Group is more focused on upstream activities. In… Read more