British Economy

Cameron Praises 'Historic' Canada And EU Free Trade Deal

PA | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK

A free trade deal between Canada and the European Union will provide a £1.3 billion boost to the British economy, according to David Cameron. The ...

Why David Cameron Needs a Trip to St Petersburg

Christina Chang | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Politics
Christina Chang

For CAFOD, this G20 comes at a critical moment: the Russian presidency needs to continue the momentum on the good work started by the G8 on transparency, to make sure that developed and developing country governments can ensure they are getting their fair share in taxes from global firms.

Challenging Times for a Once-great British Retailer

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK
Dr Steve McCabe

In an age when next day delivery is now commonplace M&S is certainly seen to be lagging behind the likes of online retailer Amazon. But when compared to a traditional 'high street' retailers it is still deficient.

Moody's Cut's Britain's Credit Rating; UK Loses Coveted AAA Status

Sheldon Filger | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Politics
Sheldon Filger

The British economy, still struggling from the aftereffects of the 2008 Global Economic Crisis and financial disaster, now has received another boot in its ribcage. Moody's, one of the three major credit rating agencies, has cut its assessment of the UK's sovereign debt form AAA to Aa1.

Will the Olympic Effect on British Pride be Shortlived? Let's Hope Not....

Jude Thorne | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK
Jude Thorne

What a wonderful Olympics, it really does make you proud to be British! Like everyone, I watched lots of it on the television, but was also lucky enough to go to Greenwich Park for the equestrian eventing cross country day, and I have never known an atmosphere like it.

How Voters Divide Over Plan B

Peter Kellner | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

The news for George Osborne continues to get worse. YouGov's latest survey for the Sunday Times was conducted following the news that Britain's economy contracted by 0.7% in the second quarter of this year - a worse figure than most economists had predicted. Even if, as I suggested last week, the final revised figures are not as bad as this, the pressure for the time being on the Chancellor is growing more intense.

BMW Safeguards Thousands Of British Jobs With £250 Million Investment

PA | Posted 07.09.2012 | UK

BMW is to invest a further £250 million in its three Mini factories in the UK, safeguarding thousands of jobs, the firm has announced. The money w...

Unpopular Government, Unpersuasive Opposition

Peter Kellner | Posted 31.08.2012 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

Today the contest is finely poised, because millions of voters are impressed with neither main party. Both Tories and Labour are caught together in a vortex of public condemnation. If one of them can escape the swirl and regain its credibility, it will be well placed for 2015.

Britain To Buy Up £20m Of Malawian Money

PA | Posted 31.05.2012 | UK

Britain is to buy up to £20m of Malawian currency to help stabilise the African state's economy following a major devaluation, it has been revealed. ...

How Business Can Help Business Export

Colin Stanbridge | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK
Colin Stanbridge

It doesn't take an economics expert to know that economic growth in the UK has stalled. While London businesses do seem to have confidence in the economic future of the capital the key indicators in terms of domestic orders and sales all remain sluggish.

The Lost Generation of 2030

Elliot Cowan | Posted 30.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Elliot Cowan

One future quandary may be that as difficult as life is for today's graduates, the situation may be demonstrably worse in 20 years time, and that the 'Lost Generation of 2030' may be vaster and more entrenched than its current poor relation.

The Budget: A Real Opportunity to Remove the Growth Barriers for Small Firms

Phil McCabe | Posted 20.05.2012 | UK Politics
Phil McCabe

There's absolutely no doubt that history will remember today's Budget as something of a crossroads for the country in an economic sense.

Small Is Beautiful....

Kevin Mbewa Anyango | Posted 29.04.2012 | UK
Kevin Mbewa Anyango

ritish economist E.F. Schumacher borrowed the concept 'small is beautiful' from his teacher emphasizing on benefit of small, appropriate technologies that are believed to empower communities more.

Why is the Government Telling You Where to Go on Holiday?

Luke Pollard | Posted 09.04.2012 | UK Politics
Luke Pollard

In the next few months, VisitEngland will spend some £4 million encouraging Brits to holiday at home instead of going abroad for their summer break.

UK, the Eurozone and China

Ash Misra | Posted 09.04.2012 | UK
Ash Misra

Any misgivings China may have about its exposure to the euro should be offset by a deep sense of gratitude - for it is the common currency that history may judge to be the catalyst for China's mineral - and energy - independence and indeed its very emergence as a global superpower.

Britain's Businesses: Your Country Needs You!

Doug Richard | Posted 01.04.2012 | UK
Doug Richard

To kick-start the economy and get on the road to recovery, we shouldn't look to large corporations, but to the large number of small businesses that form the backbone of this country's workforce and output.

Wasted Fuel: How a Brave Government Could Kick-Start the Economy

Phil Shanks | Posted 31.03.2012 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

In 2008 economies across the globe crashed as a worldwide shortage of cash liquidity brought the financial system to a standstill. Rather like a car that has run out of petrol, subsequent attempts to restart the engine have failed.

Real Trust Must Be Actively Earned

Jane Wilson | Posted 30.03.2012 | UK Politics
Jane Wilson

Sometimes the values that we pursue in public relations can put wider social and economic issues into context. Trust is one of those values.

Blue, Purple Or Black: The Colours Of Labour

Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 02.12.2011 | UK Politics

In response to Chancellor George Osborne’s recent Autumn Statement, the Labour Party was deeply critical of the economic policies of the coalition, ...

How Migration Makes the World Brainier

Robert Guest | Posted 30.01.2012 | UK Politics
Robert Guest

The most important reason for welcoming newcomers is that they bring bright new ideas. No rich country is going to allow unlimited immigration from poor ones any time soon. But if we shut all the doors and windows, it's going to be awfully dark in here.

State of the Economy is Leaving the Tories Unscathed

Peter Kellner | Posted 28.01.2012 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

This week's two big domestic events could shape the next few months, and even years, of British politics. They might leave the Conservatives lauded as heroes who steered our economy through troubled waters - or as incompetent ninnies who badly mismanaged tough times. Will George Osborne end up as hero or zero: as Clark Kent or Inspector Clousseau?

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

Chuka Umunna | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Chuka Umunna

With this government, it's business as usual when business itself is saying loud and clear - now is the time for change and reform.

Great Expectations

David Docherty | Posted 24.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education
David Docherty

At the end of Dickens' Great Expectations poor, abused Estella, tells Pip, whose great expectations were themselves destroyed, that she has been 'bent and broken '. Since the collapse of Lehman's our economy has felt the clammy chill of that sentiment. But Estelle goes on to say: "... but - I hope - into better shape."

The Bank of England's Credibility is Hanging by a Thread

Thomas Paterson | Posted 18.12.2011 | UK Politics
Thomas Paterson

So, CPI inflation in the UK has reached a record high of 5.2% since CPI data began, matching the previous record of September 2008. This is now the 22nd month in a row that the Bank of England has missed its target - and not just by a little amount.

Is HS2 the Coalition's Next U-Turn?

Jerry Marshall | Posted 12.12.2011 | UK Politics
Jerry Marshall

When it comes to managing the public finances, one would think that avoiding making commitments to spend £32 billion on a capital project with dubious and unproven economic and social benefits would rank quite highly in the current climate.