In the UK, November 2017, one of the key economic problems outlined by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, was the matter of productivity.  The measure of productivity is complex, because it relates predominantly (but not exclusively) to the amount of money earned on the physical output of goods or services.

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The majority of politicians say “businesses hate uncertainty” as though this were some profound wisdom, but they fail to add that life in business is one never-ending uncertainty.  Where will we get our next contract?  Is everything going ok?  Are we making a profit?  What new laws have we got to comply with?  Are our competitors getting ahead of us?

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