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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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The Budget 2015; surprises and innovation

The Budget 2015; surprises and innovation

The final Budget before the election was always going to struggle to provide sizable giveaways with such tight public finances, but even so there were some interesting surprises. The most innovative of these was the announcement of a Help to Buy: ISA, where for every £200 a first time buyer saves, the government will provide […]

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All we want for Christmas is growth

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All we want for Christmas is growth

As focus starts to move to Christmas with articles looking at how you can get a Christmas dinner for £2.66 a head and the re- release of Band Aid’s “Do they know it’s Christmas time?” to raise money for tackling Ebola (download it here to help); one Christmas gift we should all be hoping for […]

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Not everything about fracking is bad

Not everything about fracking is bad

It is fair to say that any new source of fossil fuel is going to be both economically valuable and environmentally reviled, and fracking is even more controversial than that. It involves new methods of altering geology in populated places, leading to fears of water contamination and the poisoning of crops and families. It has […]

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‘Yes’ campaign shows Scottish and English similarities

‘Yes’ campaign shows Scottish and English similarities

With votes now cast, the ‘yes’ campaign in Scotland, and in particular the messages it has most trumpeted of late, offer a lot of lessons to business. A big one is that Scottish voters remain similar to English ones. A plague on all their houses The Yes Campaign has gained some traction with a ‘plague […]

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Bookies plan to tackle public concerns, a bet all business should take

Bookies plan to tackle public concerns, a bet all business should take

The decision from the UK’s four biggest bookmakers to act on public concerns on gambling through a new self-regulation plan, is not only a positive move for the long-term health of the gambling industry, but a marker for other industries on how to ensure long term success by engaging with the public. The announcement today […]

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Uber & the taxis; disruptive innovation we all need to watch

Uber & the taxis; disruptive innovation we all need to watch

This weekend, Margaret Hodge MP has written to London Mayor Boris Johnson about the Uber taxi app and how it is ‘competing unfairly’ with London’s black cabs. The letter marks the latest round in the struggle between taxi drivers and Uber that has been ongoing over the summer. But this battle is a symptom of […]

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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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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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