Fair Business

A defining challenge to UK business is to re-establish trust with UK consumers and the wider public. Part of this lack of trust relates to the perception that business does not act in a fair way.

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#Budget2016 – A budget for small business and savers

#Budget2016 – A budget for small business and savers

This year’s Budget is one that small companies should be excited about, the chancellor not only announced his intention to lower corporation tax to 17% by 2020 but also a raft of measures to shift support towards smaller businesses and savings. Many will ask, why is such a shift important? SMEs make up a significant […]

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Once upon a time in a mobile… Is this the end of mobile tech’s wild-west?

Once upon a time in a mobile… Is this the end of mobile tech’s wild-west?

It may seem strange to reference an old film when blogging about the industry of the future that is mobile tech –the reference is to ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ from 1968 for those who love their classic westerns. But with tech industry giants like Facebook, Google, and Twitter backing Apple decision’s this […]

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Lower fuel prices; Xmas present with a bite

Lower fuel prices; Xmas present with a bite

Early Christmas cheer today as the RAC announced that petrol prices are to fall below £1 at the pump this Christmas. But although likely to put a smile on consumers faces, could the reason for this petrol price drop, falling oil prices, mean that this Christmas present could be an unwanted gift into 2016. An […]

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Comprehensive Spending Review – summary

Comprehensive Spending Review – summary

Today the Chancellor outlined in the Autumn Statement and Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) projections for government expenditure in the next five years. The biggest surprise announcement was that the proposed changes to the tax credit regime which were rejected by the House of Lords were scrapped in their entirety. Whilst this will be of great […]

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A tale of two subsidies; has the government given up on renewables?

A tale of two subsidies; has the government given up on renewables?

Today (October 8) saw news that a second solar firm, Climate Energy, has gone bust in the last two days following the news that the Mark Group was forced into administration yesterday. With over 1100 jobs lost (in two days, only 1000 down on Redcar Steel plant which has received national attention), both firms claimed […]

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Government must back business and endorse Commission’s runway decision

Government must back business and endorse Commission’s runway decision

A quick blog today before a holiday to welcome the announcement of Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission. The choice made by the Commission was always going to be controversial, but now that the decision has been made, the government has the chance to show decisive backing for business and endorse its recommendation of a third Heathrow […]

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Merry-go-round to helter skelter; business picking up the benefits tab

Merry-go-round to helter skelter; business picking up the benefits tab

“Merry-go-round…topping up low pay…helping to create well paid jobs in the first place.” These are just a few excerpts from the Prime Minister’s speech on opportunity, where David Cameron laid the ground for the Government to cut welfare spending by £12bn. These cuts will have a heavy focus on working age benefits, and in particular […]

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Applied social psychology; a new tool to make the case for ethical trade benefits

Applied social psychology; a new tool to make the case for ethical trade benefits

Applied social psychology has a massive potential to help clearly demonstrate the benefits and impacts of ethical trade, both internally to organisations and externally to stakeholders, e.g., consumers. Three ways show this well. First, applied social psychology can add more certainty to understanding around stakeholders and their decisions. The application of psychology’s study of underlying […]

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Sweet or sour? The potential for the Conservatives’ business agenda

Sweet or sour? The potential for the Conservatives’ business agenda

This word ‘potential’ succinctly sums up both the likely good and bad for business from the new Conservative government. On the one hand, the government’s bills for the year (in last week’s Queen’s Speech) show real potential for a competitive agenda that boosts business. But on the other hand, the government’s agenda around Europe has […]

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What does Labour need to do to win back the trust of British business?

What does Labour need to do to win back the trust of British business?

Labour lost the support of business in its election campaign. From the former Labour Enterprise Champion Lord Sugar, who in his resignation from the party cited a loss of “confidence in the party due to their negative business policies and… anti-enterprise concepts”; to former Brown Trade Minister Lord Jones who said Labour had “created an […]

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