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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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Ongoing economic shocks show UK cannot stand alone

Ongoing economic shocks show UK cannot stand alone

Quick blog today outlining some concerns about UK inflation which it has been reported today by the @ONS has gone back to 0 in August.  This is down from the 0.1% in June, which came off the back of negative inflation starting in April – the 1st time the UK had been in negative inflation […]

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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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How fair must be the new competitive for companies paying tax

How fair must be the new competitive for companies paying tax

Tax loopholes and avoidance have come back to the front pages over the last few days with allegations against the Swiss private banking arm of HSBC of helping clients to hide billions of dollars in assets from international tax authorities before 2007. This came in the wake of Margaret Hodge MP, chair of the Public […]

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Employment big plus of 2014; but shortfalls still need tackling in 2015

Employment big plus of 2014; but shortfalls still need tackling in 2015

The latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) report on labour market statistics, painted a positive end to 2014 as employment rose steadily, heralding hopes of recovery. But as we move into 2015, and eyes focus towards May’s general election, shortfalls remain in boosting employment in priority areas, enabling steady inclusive wage increases and increasing the […]

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Let’s rally behind Small Businesses on Small Business Saturday!

Let’s rally behind Small Businesses on Small Business Saturday!

At the end of a busy week for business with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the Autumn Statement, (with a raft of measures that affect business – see here), we end the week with Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non-political, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to […]

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Autumn Statement: innovative steps that make difference

By on December 4, 2014 in Economic, Innovative Business, Opinion with 4 Comments
Autumn Statement: innovative steps that make difference

The 2014 Autumn Statement left little room for manoeuvre, the deficit is not as low as the government would like and the temptation for giveaways is significant. What can be said though is that whilst the deficit challenge remains, the focus on innovation and reform rather than grand gestures is a welcome relief. I use to […]

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