Research and development: a ‘key driver of productivity and prosperity’
February 11, 2019
R & D is a major driver of productivity and improves the prosperity of billions of people. But it isn’t just the preserve of the corporate giants.
The Future of Cake Shops and Auditors
January 31, 2019
Patisserie Valerie recently followed many other High Street names into administration. Questions are now being asked not only about the viability of this type of business model, but also about the quality of management and the apparent lack of reliable scrutiny of public companies.
Why can’t young people afford to buy houses?
January 21, 2019
Home ownership has for several generations been one of society’s fundamental aspirations. It is now out of reach for more than two million households. But the causes of the problem are disputed.
Subdued Christmas cheer on the High Street
January 11, 2019
Just before Christmas the music and DVD retailer, HMV, announced that it had appointed an administrator for the second time in six years. Hilco, which bought the company out of administration in 2013, claimed that a number of factors were to blame including business rate levels and live streaming of music and film.
Was 2018 a disaster for investors?
January 10, 2019
Stock markets around the world recorded significant falls in value during 2018. But is it all bad news for investors?
Productivity: not as bad as we thought?
January 4, 2019
As we are all aware, the UK lags behind its competitors in productivity, but now the OECD has reassessed the statistics and found that there may be less cause for despondency.
Why are so many high-profile industry leaders making mistakes?
December 3, 2018
This has been a bad year for the reputations of a number of prominent leaders of industry and commerce. What can business people learn from their errors?
Disability in the workplace
November 22, 2018
Employers must not discriminate against disabled people – those who are not capable of carrying out normal day-to-day activities. But what happens if the distinction between day-to-day activities and work activities becomes blurred? Prepare to make reasonable adjustments.
Cash is no longer king
November 6, 2018
With 85% of consumer transactions now cashless, and nearly half of us having less than £5 in our pocket, we could now be witnessing the end of cash. Those providing goods and services to the consumer may need to consider their strategy.
Looking forward to the long weekend
October 1, 2018
The OECD has identified a correlation between average hours worked and productivity measured in terms of GDP per hour worked. Many developed countries outstrip the UK in this regard. Workers in Germany and the Scandinavian countries, in particular, illustrate the point that the fewer hours worked per employee, the more output is achieved per hour per person.