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HPIn 1939 HP was founded in Palo Alto and it has gone from strength to strength.  Throughout all those years, it has not always gone well.  They have brought a few products on the market that have not been brilliant, have entered a few markets that were not their forte and have bought a few companies they shouldn’t have bought and some they shouldn’t have bought for the price they paid.

One of the things Larry Page of Google was mentored to do was to re-appraise has business and to cease non performing products.  (Every great leader uses mentors)  Well, he has taken that advice on board and done just that.  He has instructed his people to examine the system.  "We're in the process of shutting a number of products which haven't had the impact we'd hoped for, integrating others as features into our broader product efforts, and ending several which have shown us a different path forward," Urs Holzle, senior vice president of operations at Google, wrote in a blog post.

Brussels, 15 February 2005. IP/05/178. 

EU flagSubstantial progress in promoting small enterprises through learning from each other’s good practices has been achieved by Member States, and in particular the new Member States. The 5th Implementation Report of the European Charter for Small Enterprises lists progress in the following fields: education for entrepreneurship, better regulation, bankruptcy law and skills shortages, especially measures to overcome the lack of skilled technicians and engineers. Since 2000, the Charter, which provides a framework to help signatories take action to support small enterprises, has expanded from the EU-15 to 35 countries across Europe. The Charter commitments are also spreading beyond Europe with the recent signing of the Euro-Mediterranean Charter for Enterprise, involving another nine countries.

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