LONDON: The Financial Times and The Economist today publish the results of the Global Business Barometer, which show that three quarters of business executives admitted their companies have no contingency plans for the break-up of the eurozone despite a similar majority recognising this could have a “somewhat” or “very” significant effect on their business. Nonetheless, businesses in the Asia Pacific are more likely to have made preparations than Eastern European companies despite their greater exposure to the event.
The FT/Economist Global Business Barometer was launched a year ago with the aim of gauging business sentiment felt by business leaders, with the ability to hone global results down to region and sector. Over 1,600 senior executives participated in the barometer survey.
Jamil Anderlini, the FT’s Beijing bureau chief, is the winner of this year’s inaugural Jones-Mauthner Memorial Prize. In a strong field, Samantha Pearson, the FT’s Sao Paulo correspondent, was awarded the prize of runner-up.
The Jones-Mauthner Memorial Prize recognises outstanding reporting of international affairs by an FT journalist under 40. It is intended to encourage the tradition of excellence exemplified by the late JDF Jones and Robert Mauthner during their time as senior FT journalists.
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The weeklong festival kicks off today with hundreds of web, media and technology focused events and discussions to continue through May 21. The festival will close with the 16th Annual Webby Awards, the leading international award honoring excellence on the internet, of which the FT is also a media partner. In this year’s Webby Awards, FT.com was named an Official Honoree for news website, and the FT A-List was an Official Honoree for business blog.