This week, Davos is host to the World Economic Forum's main annual shindig - an event portrayed in the press as either a useless confab of self-important gasbags, or a shadowy stronghold for the world's elite powerbrokers...
I'm getting more and more used to the term native advertising. The term 'content' has always struck me as so nondescript and dull. Like 'stuff'. If we see the predicted rise in content marketing, expect to see plenty more forgettable branded words and pictures for audiences to scroll right past and ignore.
Yesterday Airbus Group UK and Unilever, which together employ 23,000 people across the UK, added to the growing chorus of business voices urging Britain to remain in the EU. They join the ranks of Ford, Nissan, Siemens and major business groups such as the CBI, CityUK and manufacturers' organisation EEF, who have all warned in recent months that the UK should not blindly head for the EU exit door.
Today, I write to you from Davos, Switzerland, home of the World Economic Forum Annual meeting. Here, global business leaders, heads of state and other leading religious and academic figures converge in their thousands on this remote and very picturesque mountain top to discuss the macro socio-economic issues of the day.
While the Conservatives can offer a long term plan at the next election, after four years of opposition Labour can offer only fear-mongering and petty politics. If you read the pattern, it's become clear that Ed Miliband is losing the economic argument.
Few politicians have had as bad a start to 2014 as Francois Hollande. Enough has been written about his private life already, but that aside - the situation with the French economy must be causing him even more sleepless nights.
The truth is, management needs a makeover for 2014 if new year optimism is to translate into long-term growth. We're facing two key challenges: the rapid pace of workplace change, and a mismatch between what managers need to be good at and what they are actually good at.
It's important for Conservatives to show that conservatism and capitalism benefits everybody in society. The party talks about helping hard working people and it's crucial that people who work hard feel that the system is working for them. It's crucial that Conservatives show that the free market can provide benefits to everybody in society
Put a few entrepreneurs in a room and you'll find the topic of conversation will inevitably gravitate to who's done more screw ups than the other. I've been in that room enough times to know that after a while it's the same record all over again. I share with you below the 10 most frequent...
The first few weeks of 2014 have shown that, while commentators and economists seem convinced that the recovery has set in, the economic and political battle over living standards and the cost of living remains as strong as it was in 2013.
Today we face grave new threats to our security, the most urgent and costly of which is the need to transform our economies away from fossil fuels and excessive consumption. That is why its time to talk about, and talk up, monetary reform - to ensure that the public good that is our money system once again serves the interests of wider society, not just those of private wealth.
It was fitting on the day that Channel 4's documentary Benefits Street aired its first episode, Chancellor George Osborne announced a further round of £25 billion worth of spending cuts. Coming mostly from the welfare budget, Osborne said 2014 would be the year of 'hard truths.'
As we get older we are encouraged to let the fears of our youth recede. However, one of the most common fears is a 'fear of missing out'; Do you believe you're missing out and everything good is happening somewhere else? That's a tough one to shift, and it can certainly be identified in our attitudes towards the housing ladder.
With 2014 marking the last full year before the next General Election, as well as the Scottish independence referendum and local and European elections, it might be fair to say our politicians are looking ahead with some trepidation at the year ahead.
Here's an alarming statistic for you: more than one in five commuters say rising fares are leading to them considering looking for work outside of London according to a OnePoll survey of over 500 London workers. This would be a disaster for the Capital's business scene. Can you imagine losing more than 20 per cent of your workforce to rising commuter costs?
Most of us like the idea of a Single European Market. For some it is the best reason and, for others, the only reason for the UK to remain a member of the European Union. But in recent years we have ended up with reams of legislation, introduced in the name of the Single Market, but which run totally counter to the purpose of British membership...