It would be churlish (and probably illegal) not to offer hearty congratulations to the Royal Couple. Childbirth is a difficult and stressful experien...
There are clearly lessons that Britain can learn from America, where President Obama has used fiscal policy to secure rather than strangle economic recovery. Since the autumn of 2010, the US has grown a staggering four times faster than the UK.
After almost a century of relying on the same tried and tested technology, the big screen experience is bracing itself for a new digital age and the dizzying whirl of new technological developments that entails. It should be a Hell of a ride.
From Tesco's horsemeat scandal to the BBC's recent bullying accusations, some of the UK's most well known brands are facing serious challenges from within. With reputations on the line, and the value of their brands being endangered by the weight of negative publicity, it begs the question, how do all of these factors impact on the internal organisational culture?
Some of the country's poorest families could be forced to turn to loan sharks, following changes to the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) Social Fund. That's the worrying conclusion from our report, Nowhere to Turn? Changes to Emergency Support, on local welfare assistance schemes.
With pressure from a skeptical Senate to wind down QE, and next January's FOMC voter rotation bringing in many new hawks, it seems likely the data would have to become truly appalling before we saw an increase in QE.
This week's sales numbers showed a slight increase in retail sales and did well to improve on the 2.1% increase made in May. Notes and noises from the retail sector have been encouraging of late. Data from the British Retail Consortium has begun to shown an increase in sales volumes, whilst consumer confidence has moved to the highest level since October 2010.
Our high streets (apparently) attracted 1.4% more shoppers in June this year compared with June 2012. And (drum roll) this trend is growing.
Cheaper doesn't always mean better value, but there are certain areas of your life where a fairly rudimentary change in attitude could save you money.
As I argued in my last blog, governments can't avoid having an industrial strategy of some kind - the question is only how explicit such strategies are. And when they do develop explicit strategies, they should go with the grain of what's working already, not reinvent the wheel.
Vince Cable has detailed what the government wants to do with our Royal Mail. For him in an ideal world the public will line up in droves to buy a few shares in the business they already own. In the real world that will not happen. Instead, major financial institutions such as pension funds will be encouraged to buy chunks of the business. The government estimates that the 60% of Royal Mail that they want to sell will be worth around £2.5billion. It's no small amount and of course those who speculate with large sums of cash will want to be assured that their investment will grow at a satisfactory rate.
How do you compare the importance of an MP to that of a headteacher, a nurse, or any other public servant? You can't come to any rational conclusions, one way or the other, but these kind of comparisons have been sprayed all over the place by commentators for the past couple of weeks.
Is this upward revision a purely UK phenomenon, even though I thought we were told we are all chain-linked, hand-to-hand, to the global economy?
LEPs are a great innovation and are already helping local communities build on their strengths to deliver growth, but they must have the right resources and structures in place to enable them to reach their full potential.
The mood music around the UK economy has changed in recent weeks. On Tuesday 9 July, the IMF raised its forecasts for economic growth in the UK in 2013 from a measly 0.7pc to 0.9pc.
As the CIPFA Annual Conference takes place this week, and as Jaki Salisbury takes over as President and Rob Wightman is appointed the new Chief Executive, what should be the key six priorities for this august body?