Board Briefing: Avoiding margin squeeze

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Authors: Steve Parks; Dr Joe Baker
Date: 27 October, 2021

The latest edition of the Radar Report identified Squeezed Margins as a key issue under the theme of Renegotiating Normality. This is due to increases in costs, caused by a wide range of factors occurring simultaneously, and impacts on productivity.

The agency needs to identify and manage these issues, and achieve matching increases in income, to avoid margins being reduced.

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