Inclusive 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 is not inclusive.

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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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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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Fintech disruption needs to open door for UK underserved

Fintech disruption needs to open door for UK underserved

This week saw the release of a report from the Fintech innovation Lab and Accenture called ‘The Future of Fintech and Banking: Digitally disrupted or reimagined?’ which showed the massive ongoing shift in financial services towards fintech. Investment in financial-technology (fintech) companies grew by 201% globally in 2014, compared to 63% growth in overall venture-capital […]

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When will the UK build enough homes?

When will the UK build enough homes?

As thoughts move to holiday for most, it is worth looking at what many will return to, or perhaps to rephrase, would like to return to – namely their own home. Recent announcements about the chronic problems around the UK’s housing supply and the rising costs that go with it  suggest the days of home […]

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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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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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Industry disruptors, crowdfunding and beer on tap in hotel rooms; thanks Brewdog!

Industry disruptors, crowdfunding and beer on tap in hotel rooms; thanks Brewdog!

It’s Friday (cue the cheers) and for many thoughts are starting to turn to the weekend and relaxing with a beer. First in the queue here, must surely be the owners of Brewdog, an independent Scottish craft beer manufacturer, who are launching a ‘beer hotel’ to give guests the chance to have their craft brew […]

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