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Inside fDi: Why cities should dress for success

The past few recession-riddled years have seen many town and cities shy away from big property developments. However, as economies recover, along with appetites for investment, the time is ripe for the truly ambitious locations to smarten up their looks and embark on a post-crisis makeover.

Inside fDi: Ignoring the small guys? Big mistake

As more and more big companies shy away from the large projects seen pre-crisis, an increasing number of investment agencies are targeting SMEs and start-up firms. But with such a big hole to fill, IPAs need to establish a lasting relationship with such businesses that go beyond hosting start-up events.

Inside fDi: there's no answer to bad calls

Courtney Fingar is sorry that she can't answer the phone right now, but if you leave your name and your number the chances are that she won't call you back either.

Inside fDi: Your brief? To keep it brief

The 'elevator pitch' may sound like an elaborate baseball term, but it is actually a useful tool to bear in mind when attempting to sell a location to a prospective investor. As Courtney Fingar explains, if you can't make your point in a couple of minutes, then it probably isn't worth making.

Inside fDi: Don't shoot the messenger

Even at their best, FDI stats aren’t exactly sexy, but the figures on show in The fDi Report 2013 are downright ugly. Page after page of minus signs and downward spirals makes a browse through the report uncomfortable, but sadly essential, reading. Don’t say Courtney Fingar didn’t warn you...

Inside fDi: A little light outsourcing

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.

Inside fDi: Let's talk about tax

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.

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Inside fDi: I'm sorry, but you really mustn't be going

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.

Inside fDi: the good, the bad and the 'blah'

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.

Inside fDi: The UK gets its message across... by royal descent

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.

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