Archive for May, 2014

Unemployment: London councils intervene, and business likes it

Unemployment: London councils intervene, and business likes it

There is long-standing but dangerous misdiagnosis of what Business needs from government. Far from wanting the state to “get out of the way”, three London boroughs have found that business appreciates local intervention in the labour market. One of the great challenges at the heart of the UK’s economic troubles is skills. The World Economic […]

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What say you business, on our ambitions for the future?

What say you business, on our ambitions for the future?

  As the country awaits the results of European elections, one voice has been rather quiet in shaping the vote. Business may have its reasons for staying out of divisive debates, but its voice has become worryingly timid on economic matters of late, when a more ambitious vision is needed for where our country goes […]

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Pfizer-AstraZeneca: real conclusion of deal should be adequate UK system for takeovers

Pfizer-AstraZeneca: real conclusion of deal should be adequate UK system for takeovers

As the proposed deal for UK pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca from its US rival Pfizer rumbles on into its third week, a conclusion finally seems at hand. A ‘final and cannot be increased’ offer from Pfizer has been made of £69.4 billion, or £55 a share, which has been rejected by the AstraZeneca board. The Takeover […]

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Opportunity in mistrust as damaging poll revealed

Opportunity in mistrust as damaging poll revealed

     A new poll for the Financial Times has revealed widespread mistrust of big business. That risks a political and social backlash, but not everything in the poll is bad news for companies.  Based on the 4,111 people polled, anti-business sentiment spans all three major parties. Of self-identified Conservative Party supporters, 50 percent expressed their […]

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Open source energy generation launched

Open source energy generation launched

A small energy company has announced that it will open up its expertise and practices to help community groups, local authorities and others to enter the energy business for themselves. Ovo, a small, new and fast growing energy company has had great success in its first few years of operation – establishing a reputation among […]

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