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Top Award for ICIS – Data Service of the Year

Great excitement at ICIS today after we scooped the top award at the RBI Achievement Awards last night. The whole ICIS team piled onto the stage to accept the award at the glittering awards ceremony and Xmas party at London’s Battersea Evolution in front of 1,500 guests from across Reed Business Information.   The final […]

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ICIS 30 years – An Official History

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–“History is written by the victors.” (Churchill) So, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of ICIS, I shall write the official history, or at least the salient points:   1 ICIS was started in 1980 (really November 1979) in Paris by Humphrey Hinshelwood.   2 ICIS originally stood for Independent Chemical Information […]

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Reed Elsevier sets sail with new CEO at helm

I’ve left the car at home this morning because I’ll be going on the train up to Tower Bridge this evening to a reception on board HMS St Albans. So I’m on an early morning long-distance X26 bus from west London to south London, along with all the school kids in their smart blazers, and […]

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Oil and chemicals background for new Reed Elsevier CEO Smith

The new boss of Reed Elsevier and hence ICIS has an industry background which includes “the oil, consultancy, healthcare and construction sectors,” according to this profile of Ian Smith in today’s Financial Times. “Mr Smith started his career at Shell,” the article continues, heralding his arrival as chief executive in March.   Reading this on […]

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Alert: Kids in the Office

In the last few days before the holidays, office buildings are strangely full of small children. They are brushed and clean and curiously similar to people you work with, only shorter and cuter and more fresh-faced. In the mornings they are bashful and hiding behind chairs, but by the afternoon they are surfing Facebook and […]

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Reed Business Information on Dutch satirical news site

Imagine my astonishment when this Dutch joke article on the sale of our own Reed Business Information (parent company of ICIS) popped out of Google this afternoon. It is from the website 925people.nl (nine to five, gettit?) and titled: “Te Koop, zgan: Reed Business Information, met aantrekkelijke woekerlening” – or “For Sale, as good as new: Reed Business Information, together with an attractive loan package.”

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Thoughts on early morning flights

On the perimeter road of Heathrow there is a stretch where you look straight into the lights of six approaching aircraft coming in to land. In the dark blue dawn sky, the hovering white lights look like alien craft amassing for attack. This week I have three 5.00 am starts, and this is the second. Is this what beauty queens mean when they say they want to travel and be happy?

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