May it be recession, change of season or simply the change of interests, the buying behaviour of people does tend to diverge. How do we typically deal with the change of season in terms of securing our needs? Perhaps it will be a good idea to have a deeper understanding of our brainwork when it comes to acquiring merchandises.
Chinese tourists spent an incredible $102 billion travelling abroad last year, making them the world's biggest spenders on international travel, yet in the UK the full effect of this has yet to be felt.
Our solution is different to the one proposed by the Taxpayers' Alliance. Labour is committed to introducing a Jobs Guarantee, funded by a bankers' bonus tax and restricting pension tax relief for those on the highest incomes.
It is increasingly clear that Alex Salmond will say and do anything to get us to vote for independence. For months we have heard him say that there is £1.5trillion worth of reserves remaining in the North Sea. Yet this week it emerged that this is based on dodgy figures which show a fundamental misunderstanding of the sector. This is a blatant attempt to cook the books in order to fool the Scottish people.
Whilst many businesses struggle to survive in our fragile economy, payday lender Wonga is one of our few home grown success stories. Today they announced they are making more than £1m a week in profit- a 36% increase on last year. No one could begrudge a company that works hard to serve their customers and is rewarded for it. But money made in this industry comes at a heavy cost to our country.
The 10% Growth Campaign seeks to find out how micro businesses are funding their own growth, what help they think would improve or speed up that process and where their long-term expectations lie.
Britain has been gripped by tough economic measures for some time. However, instead of being damaged by such tough economic times, capitalism in Britain has heeded the words of Milton Friedman and Stuart Hall, and not wasted this crisis...
What is needed is a more active industrial policy. For too long, while other countries have supported industries where they have a competitive advantage, policy makers in the UK have used the country's bad experience with industrial policies in the 1970s to justify a hands-off approach.
Despite the obvious difference of opinion between sexes, one fundamental action is clear. In order cushion against the impact of the unexpected, whether the economic downturn or another 'life event', a new and more robust approach to saving needs to be taken.
What a boost it would be for more of the growing army of self-employed to become small employers. While the number of self-employed with no employees has increased, the number of self-employed with a small number of employees has not kept pace. In the past, the focus has been more on encouraging people to become self-employed and less on taking the next step to being micro-employers. There is an opportunity to further liberate the self-employed from barriers to growth and nudge everyday entrepreneurs into being everyday employers. The prize is stronger, more sustainable economic growth.
There are a few key things to consider when looking for a job. Networking is hugely valuable and it is worth turning to friends and past colleagues to let people know you are looking for work. Make sure you research the market you are interested in to ensure your skills and personality match the industry requirements...
The history books may record the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics as Britain's finest hour since the Second World War. Is that over-blown hype? Maybe. But the semi-biblical gushing from the commentariat is deservedly earned. Stratford is the new Jerusalem... What did it take for us to become winners? Here are The 10 Commandments from London 2012 to which both Government and citizen alike should aspire...
The government has given up on English High Streets. Despite all their show, sending Mary Portas out with the defibrillator to breathe life back into our ailing towns and cities, they now have the tape measures out and are dialling the undertakers.
Evidence seems to be mounting that global economic activity seems finally to be accelerating, maybe even creating a more classically rapid recovery, as opposed to the rather anaemic variety we have so far enjoyed.
For families on low incomes the annual back-to-school shop is a major financial burden. Never mind the latest trainers or clothing fashions - even providing for the basic every day costs of attending school are stretching the budgets of poorer parents.
Forget the headlines, our economy is on the high road to ruin. Its apparent recovery is artificial and the reality is that our government is set to bankrupt our country. Don't believe me?