Chuka Umunna

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The Choice on Long Term Growth

(15) Comments | Posted 20 August 2014 | (16:53)

Earlier this year, when Pfizer came knocking with their chequebook for AstraZeneca, the response of the Conservatives was telling. Sources close to George Osborne said the bid was "a massive vote of confidence" in the UK. And the prime minister appointed his cabinet secretary and a senior Treasury mandarin to...

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Cut Business Rates to Back Britain's Wealth Creators

(30) Comments | Posted 1 November 2013 | (11:29)

The cost of living crisis is being played out on our high streets. Shoppers are facing prices rising faster than their wages month after month, on top of the rising cost of essentials such as energy bills.

Businesses are facing their own version of this crisis -...

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The Future of the Royal Mail: Putting Consumers and Businesses First

(6) Comments | Posted 29 September 2013 | (11:07)

Royal Mail has been in public ownership since the reign of Charles I and is one of the UK's most cherished national institutions, relied on by millions of consumers and businesses over the centuries.

This is all about to change. Following the announcement earlier this month...

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Ed's Google Speech and What It Means for Responsible Capitalism

(47) Comments | Posted 23 May 2013 | (00:00)

On Wednesday, Ed Miliband made a speech at Google - a business that has been making headlines recently for all the wrong reasons. To the outsider, the profitability of its business model looks plain to see. Yet of £3billion of revenue earned in the UK, it has paid only £3million...

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We Must Do All We Can to Encourage the Restless

(5) Comments | Posted 6 February 2013 | (23:00)

Today our economy is stuck in a rut, and it is young people who are bearing the brunt. We are in danger of creating a lost generation, whose first experience of work is unemployment. Our problem is not the lack of talent, ideas or creativity. Our problem is that too...

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We Need Justice for Firms Hit by Banks' Mis-selling

(4) Comments | Posted 30 January 2013 | (07:41)

Small and medium sized businesses are many and varied, making up the majority of the UK's population of 4.8million businesses. In my role I get to meet so many inspiring businesses from the small outfits, like Clippy's who make jam, conserve and jelly that you can buy in...

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Why it Is Time for an Active Defence Industrial Strategy

(3) Comments | Posted 11 October 2012 | (11:55)

The failure of the merger between BAE and EADS was inevitable once political differences came to the fore. BAE believed that a newly merged company could have strengthened and broadened their market share, but the insistence of unacceptably high shareholdings from the French and German governments meant the deal was...

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Cameron Insists on Business as Usual, but Business Itself is Calling for Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted 10 November 2011 | (17:41)

There has been an ongoing debate within business about values, responsibility and long-term value creation. In their seminal Harvard Business Review article in January, Harvard academics Michael Porter and Mark Kramer said: "Companies must take the lead in bringing business and society back together. The recognition is there among sophisticated...

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The Lifeblood of the Economy

(18) Comments | Posted 11 July 2011 | (01:00)

"The British economy is indeed recovering...economic growth is now strong" and "it will become stronger" as a result of the work the Government is doing. This was the Business Secretary Vince Cable speaking in the House of Commons on 13 January.

The reality was somewhat different. Two weeks after...

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