Empty bottles of Chablis are rarely of any use to Courtney Fingar, but inspired by an innovative lamp design in Italy, fDi's editor was on a mission, and thanks to a pan-European lesson in why cheap, skilled labour is highly desirable on even the smallest of projects, this particular electric dream was realised.
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As cash-strapped governments step up their efforts to boost their budgets through fiscal means, Courtney Fingar says it is vital that would-be investors ensure they are getting a fair deal.
The investment world is full of dignitaries who talk a good game at the opening of a conference, but then leave all the real work to their minions, says Courtney Fingar.
The judging of fDi's inaugural Digital Marketing Awards threw up a few turkeys, writes Courtney Fingar, but it was heartening to see just how many investment promotion agencies have excellent digital strategies, even if it does make a judge's job all the more arduous.
In hosting the Olympic Games, the UK had the perfect opportunity to sell itself to the world, chiefly through the opening ceremony. And while some parts were better than others, it left a favourable impression, thanks in no small part to a sky-diving Queen Elizabeth II.
Only a handful of cities in the UK have mayors. This is a pity, as not only do they have a tendency to be hugely entertaining to interview, they also often have a knack for FDI promotion.
As attracting new investors to any given region gets harder and harder, Courtney Fingar suggests that showing a little love and affection to those companies that you already do business with could go a long way.
You may think that by having the most efficient investment promotion officials money can buy, a country or region has got this FDI lark licked. Well not if they are as dull as ditchwater. On her travels around the world, Courtney Fingar has found that the best places to visit do both charm and efficiency. But don't get her started on those that do neither...
In search of fDistories, Courtney Fingar has not shied away from conflict zones, yet the frightening incidents in these areas have been few and far between, all of which begs the question: does risk continue to be risky when you know it exists and can therefore prepare for the worst?
In the ten years since fDiMagazine was launched,Courtney Fingar has observed both changes and consistencies in the global economic picture.
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